Shaw Sports Turf to Install New Synthetic Turf Field at Dalton High School

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Local School First to Utilize New, Cutting-Edge Bolt™ Fiber

Shaw Sports Turf, a division of Shaw Industries, a Berkshire Hathaway company and one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America, announced today that Dalton High School in Dalton, Ga. will receive the first installment of Bolt™, Shaw Sports Turf’s newest fiber innovation. The synthetic turf installation will replace the school’s 90,600 square-foot natural grass practice field, adding 8,900 square feet.

For multi-purpose sports surfaces, Bolt features a patent-pending, lightning bolt-shaped fiber, creating a stronger vertical axis that causes the fibers to stand upright for greater resiliency and increased durability. In fact, Bolt exceeds the most stringent industry standard for simulated wear twice over. The unique cross-section features curved angles reflecting light for lower luster and a more natural looking field.

“We are very excited to partner with Shaw on their new Bolt fiber innovation,” said Ron Ward, Dalton athletic director. “With all the required usage for athletic events and other school activities, we look forward to increased quality and performance over the life span of our field.”

In addition to featuring Shaw Sports Turf’s newest monofilament fiber, Bolt, designed for increased performance and durability, the field will also feature a red letter “D” in the center of the field and the words “Dalton” and “Catamounts,” in separate end zones. A shock and drainage pad will be installed under the turf.

As football related injuries, especially concussions, are becoming an issue of great concern, coaches are demanding increased safety precautions for their athletes. For Dalton High School, the decision was made to install the ultimate level of safety beneath the turf system—an engineered shock and drainage pad, called Brock PowerBase.

“We feel like the Shaw turf system is going to provide the best combination of safety and performance for our athletes,” said Matt Land, Dalton head football coach. “We did our research with other high school and college programs, and this is the premier system. Our new Shaw field will be a competitive advantage for our program going forward.”

“We are pleased to bring such an exciting addition to the Dalton High School students, athletic department and community,” said Chuck McClurg, vice president of sales, Shaw Sports Turf. “The quality of the new Shaw Sports Turf product fiber, Bolt, is something we are very proud of and to see it contracted for installation so quickly after launching confirms its superior quality.”

The project is expected to be competed and ready for play in early 2013.

About Shaw Sports Turf
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Shaw Industries is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets. Shaw supplies carpet, rugs, hardwood, laminate, resilient, and tile/ stone flooring products, as well as synthetic turf. Shaw Sports Turf is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America and has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades with over 1,000 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. For more information please visit, call 866-703-4004 or find us on Facebook.

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