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May 2013
muscle
We've added some muscle!
Traction USA is now a part of the Connor Sports family.
Market leader, Connor Sports, is the world’s most complete resource for athletic surfaces of every kind, including hardwood maple surfaces, rolled-vinyl, poured-in-place urethane systems, weight room surfaces and outdoor running tracks. Traction’s comprehensive product line provides coaches, administrators and architects with options that will assure the ideal athletic surface for every application and budget.


January 2012
green
Green Certified!
Protraxx, Trusport, and Control XT flooring products are compliant with the nationally recognized emissions criteria for low emitting products under the provisions of the LEED for Schools criteria and the California Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) standard. By successful conformance to the LEED and CHPS standards, the tested flooring products also meet the criteria of MAS Certified Green® program.


September 8, 2011
"It is with great pleasure that I recommend Traction for renovation work to be done in your district as it pertains to athletic facilities.

Through our association in JS Morton School District 201, Traction and Haldeman-Homme, Inc. and I have been acquainted professionally since the two major floods of the summer of 2010. I have found them to be professional and accomodating in their dealings with me and our school district. The workmanship has been outstanding to date and they have clearly articulated with my representatives throughout the entire process. The workers worked around our schedules with minimal impact to the day to day activities of the school district. This project, like most encountered unforseen issues created by the second flood and those challenges were dealt with professionally.

In regards to the quality of the product, we are extremely happy with the surface and the design of our logos, activity lines and lane designations are outstanding."

Michael Kuzniewski, Ed.D.
Superintendent


May 13, 2011
Traction is nominated for the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award.

Department of Defense Freedom Award

The Freedom Award is the highest level of recognition the Department of Defense provides to employers for outstanding support of the National Guard and Reserve employees.

August 19, 2011
World leader Dylan Armstrong has enjoyed a record breaking year but may well have to get very close to the National record and World lead of 22.21m which saw him crowned Canada's Shot Put champion for a sixth time towards the end of June if he is to win his country's first ever medal in the discipline. Read full article on iaaf.org.


July 18, 2011
Synthetic turf update from STMA Conference At the Synthetic Turf Update session STMA hosted last January, a panel answered questions from the audience. The panel included Webb Cook, president of Sprinturf, Darian Daily of the Cincinnati Bengals, Shawn Mahonski of Towson University, and Tom Serensits of Penn State’s Center for Sports Surface Research. Read full article on sportsturfonline.com.


March 23, 2011
By Dave Oberhelman, The Daily Herald
Reviews of Batavia’s new field house were as bright as its interior during the Upstate Eight Boys Indoor Conference Meet last Wednesday. "The facility’s outstanding," said Geneva coach Gale Gross. "It’s awesome, they did everything right."

Light, open and airy as 56,000 square feet can be, the field house at Batavia replaced St. Charles East as the site of the annual UEC boys meet on March 16 and also hosted the girls conference meet the following night.

Though St. Charles East served as the “host” of the meet, Batavia boys coach Dennis Piron jokingly said he would be a custodian for the event.

He wasn’t entirely kidding. At one point Piron himself hauled out and operated a shop-vac to vacuum sand that had been tracked down the runway from the triple-jump pit.

As Batavia physical education teacher Mike Mandele was quoted in a Feb. 15 Daily Herald story by Susan Sarkauskas, "This cost way too much money to have somebody hack it up." The field house was part of a $75 million referendum passed in 2007.

Easy on the eyes with pale gold walls and flooring in an expansive, high-ceiling setting, the 200-meter track’s six lanes offered more gold alternated with Batavia’s crimson. Spectators lined the wall along the homestretch straightaway, and large windows allowed those in the concession area to sit, eat and watch runners navigate the first turn.

As pretty as it looked it ran well, too, as did the meet overall. No one wants a six-hour meet on a school night.

"I like this facility in the aspect that it has wider lanes, for the spectators it’s a little bit more friendly and you can do the long and triple jump concurrently, pole vault they have two pits," said first year St. Charles East coach Chris Bosworth. Gross said the field events running simultaneously "just makes everything run so much smoother." Like Bosworth, Gross commented on the "fast" track as well.

"It’s a very fast surface (the athletes) said, a Traction track, so it’s a great surface," Gross said.

Batavia senior Emund Kabba won the 55 dash with a time of 6.52 seconds, currently ninth in the state and 99th in the country according to DyeStat. St. Charles East’s Jake Mazanke won the 800 in a school-record 1 minute, 58.57 seconds, sitting fifth in state.

"Unlike a lot of the other tracks it has longer straightaways than the curves, which is good during like the four-by-four (1,600 relay) and the four-by-two (800 relay)," Kabba said. "You have space to move on people, because it’s harder to pass by somebody on a curve than it is on a straightaway. That’s really nice. It’s kind of an advantage for everybody, I guess."

Proviso West for years has been the standard for indoor track sites in the western suburbs. As opposed to the 160- or even 120-meter indoor tracks, Proviso boasts the rare 200-meter layout, and its infield sprinting lanes allow for longer races to be run at the same time as either sprints or hurdles. Spectators at Proviso West sit in bleachers elevated from the track, which allows viewing of the entire surface below.

"You really feel like you’re running outdoors on an indoor track because the spectators are upstairs," said Bosworth, who has "a soft spot in his heart" for Proviso, having compiled some fast times there as a Lake Park distance runner. In fact, Bosworth plans to take the Saints to Proviso West in the future to take advantage of its 200 meter track.

However, Batavia’s color scheme, high ceilings and, of course, the newness of it all, provide a brighter setting than at Proviso, which must its hold shot put competition at an end of the riser the bleachers sit on. At Batavia, the monstrous 67-foot shot put arc of Lake Park’s Jeremy Kline was presented in the infield for all to see.

Along with the new and spectacular Al B. Carius Track at North Central College, Batavia drew raves.

"For a high school this is top notch, top notch," Bosworth said. "This is probably better than 90 percent of college tracks. I would rank this top-two, with North Central." Kabba was most appreciative.

"It’s beautiful," he said. "We can’t thank our parents, the taxpayers, enough for the field house."


December 7, 2010
By Bill Knight, El Paso Times

UTEP puts down new track surface at Kidd Field.
The footprints of Olympians were all over the old track. The countless droplets of sweat, the sweat of All-Americans peppered the old surface. At times, the performances simply swiped your breath on that dark red artificial surface.

Now a new track is in place in Kidd Field, ready for new footprints, new drops of sweat and new staggering performances. It is a beautiful bright blue with gray trim and a little bit of orange pinched in.

"It is a half-million-dollar project," UTEP athletic director Bob Stull said, "and Larry Durham helped us with it. The old track was over 12 years old and it was becoming really hard and that made it hard to train on. It was due. And it's beautiful. I really like the color and design."

UTEP head track and field coach Mika Laaksonen echoed those sentiments. Read full article on elpasotimes.com.