Brock International Launches PlayBase Product to Protect Safety of Children and the Environment

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Strategic Distribution Relationship Between Brock and Shaw Industries' Turf Division Creates First 100% Closed Loop Recyclable Base and Turf System Engineered for Children’s Playgrounds

Safety and sustainability on children’s playgrounds will significantly increase with the launch of Brock PlayBase, the first 100% closed loop recyclable base system engineered for playground surfaces. The product is the only C2C system designed to provide shock absorption and drainage in playgrounds under both artificial turf and rubber mulch surfacing. Reflecting their mutual commitment to sustainability, Brock has forged a strategic, exclusive distribution relationship for PlayBase with Shaw Industries’ Turf Division, which is comprised of Southwest Greens, Shaw Sportexe and TerraSoft.

“We’ve leveraged all of our proven expertise with injury prevention, performance and sustainability in athletic fields to improve the safety of children’s playgrounds with our environmentally-friendly technology,” said Dan Sawyer, CEO of Brock International. “Partnering with Shaw Industries has allowed us to offer the only truly sustainable playground pad and turf system available together in the market.”

Typical rubber buffing commonly used under playgrounds only lasts three to five years and is not recyclable. Engineered to provide optimal and consistent Head Injury (H.I.C.) test results for 20 years, four times the average life of other bases, Brock PlayBase is 100% recyclable and non-toxic. It is manufactured into an interlocking panel system with the highest quality, food grade, 100% pure polypropylene, known for its longevity and environmental safety. The panels can be re-used, or easily recycled to begin their next life as a quality, durable material with minimal use of additional energy or waste.

“This strategic distribution relationship has created the most sustainable children’s playground offering in the industry,” noted Kyle Ehman, President of Southwest Greens International. “Brock PlayBase delivers a predictable, consistent surface suitable for various climates. “But more importantly, Brock and Shaw share a commitment to environmental stewardship and the development of the highest quality products.”

Brock PlayBase system will be used under Shawgrass synthetic turf and certain types of TerraSoft mulch rubber surfaces for playgrounds to help buffer trips and falls and reduce injury. Designed to provide incredible shock absorption, its porous foam base accelerates drainage both vertically and laterally while addressing water storage. Launched for the first time now in North America, Brock PlayBase is currently used in more than 500 playgrounds at schools, parks and other outdoor recreational areas throughout Europe.

About Brock International:
Brock International is the leader in performance base systems for synthetic turf. With over 20 million square feet of Brock Performance Base in play underneath athletic fields worldwide, the company engineers the best, safest and most sustainable playing surfaces in the world for athletes at all levels. Brock has handled hundreds of successful installations for clients ranging from NFL teams and major universities to community parks. In October 2011, Brock became the first company in the industry to have a Cradle to Cradle Certification CM for its combined drainage and shock pad product. Offering the only product in the market that can be closed loop recycled, the company’s technologies reduce the overall energy cost of constructing a field by 50%. Made in an ISO and TS certified manufacturing facility of 100% recyclable and non-toxic material, Brock PowerBase is certified to the world’s most stringent environmental standards. Research firm BioMechanica, LLC studied the estimated risk of head injury on synthetic turf surfaces with Brock underlayment and found the product reduces the likelihood of traumatic brain injury by up to 50%. Visit to learn more.

About Shaw Industries:
A subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. Shaw Industries’ Turf Division is comprised of Southwest Greens, Shaw Sportexe and TerraSoft. Shaw is committed to creating the most beautiful—and sustainable—flooring and synthetic turf surfaces in the world. Rooted in our drive to continuously improve every aspect of our business, the Shaw Green Edge guides everything we do—from maintaining the highest ethical standards to safeguarding the health and well-being of our people and our communities, to conserving energy and water and recycling raw materials, to designing cradle to cradle products that can be remanufactured over and over again. Shaw has recycled more than half of a billion pounds of carpet since 2007 and opened two state-of-the-art recycling facilities— Evergreen (nylon 6 recycling) and Re2E (Reclaim to Energy). Today, Shaw offers hundreds of fully certified Cradle to Cradle SM flooring products.


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