Connor Sport Court Awarded "Zero Waste" Designation

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Independent Environmental Services Group finds Connor Sport Court plants in Utah and Michigan Discard Less Than 1% as Landfill Waste. "A Truly Signficant Accomplishment for a Large Manufacturing Company," says SWCA Environmental Performance Group.

Utah-based Connor Sport Court International has been verified to be a "Zero Waste" company by an independent environmental services group which measures amounts of material a company places in landfills.

"We believe Connor Sport Court is the first manufacturer to qualify for the 'Zero Waste' designation in Utah," said Richard Young, Sustainability Group Leader of SWCA Environmental Performance Group, Salt Lake City, the organization which performed the independent, third-party audit of CSCI's solid waste disposal practices.

"We are extremely proud of what this company has been able to accomplish, through the hard work of our outstanding team of employees at all of our locations," said Ron Cerny, President and CEO of Connor Sport Court International. "Even before it was fashionable to be 'green' our focus has been on sustainability and being a good world citizen."    

"Recycling, avoiding waste, innovative technology and a strong environmental consciousness are a major part of our corporate policy. It is especially rewarding for our employees to now have Connor Sport Court recognized as the first major manufacturer in Utah and in Michigan to achieve this designation," Cerny added

Young said the criteria for evaluating companies include annual tonnage of landfill waste, annual tonnage of recycled waste, annual tonnage of reused waste as well as corporate recycling policies and practices. SWCA then calculated the landfill diversion rate for the Salt Lake manufacturing facility and for the Amasa, Michigan hardwood manufacturing facility.

"This truly is a significant accomplishment for a large manufacturing company," said Young.

Connor Sport Court International makes hardwood courts and modular athletic surfaces for professional athletic organizations including the NBA® and USA Volleyball®, NCAA® colleges and universities, high schools, churches and athletic clubs as well as commercial and retail flooring surfaces.

CSCI is widely-known for its Sport Court® playing surfaces which have become popular for residential back yards, gymnasiums and for sports arenas across the world. Thirty five years ago Sport Court installed the athletic world's first engineered polymer playing surface, and it has been the world's largest supplier of modular surfaces ever since. The Sport Court manufacturing and warehousing facilities in Salt Lake City occupy about 150,000 square feet.

The Connor brand hardwood production facility is in Amasa, Michigan and produces many of the world's most famous basketball courts from northern hardwood maple. This year's NCAA Final Four® playing surfaces were built here, as was last year's NBA's championship court for the Boston Celtics. Connor Sport Court International is a member of the Maple Flooring Manufacturing Association and adheres to the strict environmental guidelines of that organization.

Hardwood used in the courts is from a renewable resource; with the U.S. growing six times more hardwood than is harvested each year, said Cerny. "We actively work on our commitment to the environment on many levels," he said.

Connor Sport Court has a long history of environmentally conscious practices. The hardwood facility was the first MFMA member to offer Smartwood maple flooring certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and the first to offer recycled pads and foam cushioning for its wood systems. The Salt Lake facility was also presented an award in 2004 by Salt Lake City officials for its conservation efforts.

SWCA's Young said that the diversion rate is a means of expressing the amount of potential landfill waste not sent to area landfills, as a percentage of total waste in the manufacturing process.

"In Connor Sport Court's manufacturing, we calculated the diversion rate to be 99 per cent. Thus, only 1 per cent of CSCI's waste is disposed of in a landfill. It exceeds the minimum requirement for 'Zero Waste' by a significant amount," said Young.

About Connor Sport Court International
More athletic events are played on Connor Sport Court surfaces than on any other sports flooring in the world. Connor sports floors have established themselves as the standard for professional and collegiate sports since the company was founded in 1872. Sport Court® is a registered trade mark of Connor Sport Court International. Since 1974, it has identified the original and authentic modular sport surface, continuously improved and patented to provide the highest levels of quality and performance.

For more Sport Court information contact:
Jeff Morton, Marketing Manager, Connor Sport Court


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