BioSafe Reveals Branding Campaign

BioSafe Systems unveiled a new branding campaign recently. The new look is designed to stand out on store shelves while maintaining a cohesive, sustainable image.

Changes to product names are listed below:

Old Name                                                         New Name

AzaGuard Insecticide                                     BioSafe Insect Control

AXXE Ready to Use Herbicide                     BioSafe Weed Control RTU

AXXE Weed Killer                                         BioSafe Weed Control

GreenCleanFX Moss, Mold, & Mildew       BioSafe Mold & Mildew Control

OxiDate Fungicide/Bactericide & ZeroTol Fungicide/Bactericide      BioSafe Disease Control

OxiDate Ready to Use                                    BioSafe Disease Control RTU

SaniDate RTU Fruit and Vegetable Wash   BioSafe Fruit & Vegetable Wash


Field Notes

S.R.Smith, LLC has acquired the pool and spa assets of FiberStars, an Energy Focus Company. The purchase brings S.R.Smith a portfolio of LED lighting and control products, which the company will integrate into its portfolio.

Neptune-Benson , a manufacturer of commercial aquatic filtration systems, ultraviolet disinfection systems and aquatics components hired Kenneth Rodi as Chief Executive Officer.

Code Blue Corporation , a manufacturer of emergency communication solutions, hired David Salas, CMA, CFM, as Corporate Controller. Salas will be responsible for handling Code Blue’s financial and accounting duties, including its international business.

SYNLawn, SYNBermuda 200, and SYNRye 250 have received the Class-One fire rating (ASTM E 648) offering increased safety when artificial grass is installed on playgrounds or other fire-sensitive applications.  The company claims SYNBermuda 200 and SYNRye 250 are now the only infill-free artificial lawn products deemed to be “fire safe” for installations in both outdoor and indoor settings.

Tim Dorsey has become the second American President of outdoor power equipment manufacturer ECHO Incorporated , a subsidiary of Yamabiko Corporation of Japan. He replaced retiring President Dan Obringer.

The Alamo Group Inc. appointed Matt Hood as VP of Sales and Marketing of its Leavenworth, Kan.,-based division, Henke Manufacturing .

Michael Dean has been promoted to Director of Sales & Marketing for iZone Imaging , which manufactures custom high pressure laminate (CHPL) signs, graphics and architectural products.


Successful Miniature Golf Course Design

Although golf courses are more commonplace in a park-and-recreation lineup, miniature golf also is an option for those looking to expand offerings. Although some may be intimidated by the concept, Joseph J. Buckshon, President of MINI-GOLF, INC., recommends starting with the basics to build a course that patrons will use—over and over again.

  • Choose a convenient location in a high-traffic area where there is a high turnover rate, such as an area with a lot of tourists.

  • Atmosphere is everything. Make sure the course is interesting, nicely decorated, and well landscaped. Plain Jane, simple, boring courses do not work.

  • Make putting greens short for each hole. Sometimes people want to “tee off” on very long holes to reach the cup and sometimes hit the ball way too hard.

  • Keep greens clean. For indoor courses, this means vacuuming the carpet. Outdoors, be sure to apply a wood preservative once a year to keep the wood looking beautiful.

  • Use quality materials for construction. Use #1 grade pressure-treated lumber to prevent termite infestation, rot and decay. Space 2 x 4’s every 12 inches underneath the entire golf course, then nail down pressure-treated plywood over the 2 x 4’s. Use #1 grade pressure-treated 2 x 2 rails to help keep the golf balls on the course.

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2014 Pool & Spa Operator Handbook Released

Colorado Springs, Colo.—The 2014 edition of the Pool & Spa Operator Handbook, published by non-profit National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF), is now available and includes updates and a new look. Offered in English and Spanish with both U.S. and metric units, this training and reference manual is for professionals who help keep pools safer, and open. For more information, visit .


ASBA Releases Sports Facility Design Video

Ellicott City, Md.—The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the trade association for those involved in the design, construction and supply of materials for athletic facilities, has released a new educational video. The four-minute-long video, designed to showcase the importance of hiring a design professional experienced in sports facilities, is for those who are planning to install or renovate a sports facility—or those who are considering doing so. To watch it, visit , and choose the tab for “Work with a Design Professional” on the left-hand side of the page. It is available for viewing free of charge.


Brock International Announces G-Max Guarantee

Boulder, Colo.—Recognizing that lowering G-max levels on sports fields can reduce the risk and severity of concussion, Brock International has announced a Field G-max guarantee of no greater than 120 g's for the life of a synthetic turf field.  Brock PowerBase, the company's shock pad and drainage layer used underneath synthetic turf fields, has helped community parks nationwide maximize player safety and field performance.

An estimated 10 percent of concussions and brain injuries incurred during sports are caused by playing surface impacts. G-max, a measurement of acceleration that relates to the maximum force of a collision, gauges the hardness and shock absorption properties of a turf field. Higher G-max numbers mean a player will sustain more force upon impact, increasing the chance of concussive and subconcussive injuries. While pristine natural grass of less than 100 g's is the ideal playing surface, it is difficult to achieve when athletes practice and play multiple sports on a field for more than 20 hours a week. As a growing number of users turn to synthetic turf for its durability, installing Brock PowerBase underneath those fields ensures fields achieves the less than 120 g's optimum balance of player safety and field performance. As a point of comparison, ASTM International (formerly known as American Society for Testing and Materials) deems any playing field with a G-max exceeding 200 to be unacceptable and is currently considering lowering that standard to 165 g's in recognition of greater safety benefits.

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5-6 66th Annual California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference & Expo, Ontario, Calif.—Ontario Convention Center; contact Susan Wipf, Director of Marketing, (916) 665-2777, or

24-25 Maine Recreation & Parks Association 2014 Annual Conference, Portland, Maine—Holiday Inn by the Bay; contact Denise LeBlanc, 2013 Conference Chair, (207) 474-6901 or


7-10 Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference, Ocean City, Md.—Carousel Hotel;