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GeneralSports Venue to Install Brooklyn Field

GeneralSports Venue will install an AstroTurf GameDay Grass XPe synthetic turf field as part of an NFL project at Midwood High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. The 66,500-square-foot field is being donated by the NFL as part of the NFL PLAY 60, a youth health and fitness campaign encouraging kids to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. Installation of the new field will begin in July and is expected to be completed by the end of August.

Steve Joins Grigg Brothers

Michael Steve has joined Grigg Brothers as a technical representative for the Southwest. Steve will be based in Wellton, Ariz., and will cover Hawaii, California, Nevada, New Mexico, southern Utah and Mexico. His primary responsibility will be to support the distributor network through product education, fertility recommendations, agronomic support and promotional support. Steve has more than 25 years of experience in sales, training, management and marketing in the green industry.

Pacific Coast Seed Welcomes Gillette

Pacific Coast Seed has added Tyler Gillette as an account representative. His responsibilities will include sales and marketing for the turfgrass division, working with public and private specifiers to emphasize the development of seeding programs, and providing value-added service to new and existing customers. Gillette graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s in business. Prior to joining Pacific Coast Seed he worked in the areas of erosion control, operations management and distribution logistics.

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Pennington Joins BioSafe

Frank Pennington has joined BioSafe Systems, a manufacturer of disease control products, as the southeastern technical representative. Pennington will lead sales efforts in Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Kentucky.

NYSTA Introduces Manual

The New York State Turfgrass Association has introduced a hands-on manual for turf professionals. “Sports Field Management,” written by Joann Gruttadaurio, executive director of the Sports Turf Managers of New York, the manual is designed for people who manage scholastic and high-use community sports fields. For more information, visit www.nysta.org.

Gerflor to Supply Courts for Olympics

Gerflor Taraflex, through International Table Tennis Federation and International Volleyball Federation agreements, will supply courts for volleyball and table tennis tournaments during the Olympic Games in Beijing. With 14 volleyball courts in seven locations and two table tennis sites, there will be about 160,000 square feet of Gerflor Sport flooring at the games.

Osiris Welcomes Barton

Rebecca Barton has joined Osiris Corporation as director of marketing. Previously, Barton was assistant vice president and business analyst for Bank of America Securities, Healthcare Corporate and Investment Banking Group, focusing on reporting and forecasting revenues, tracking health care companies and coordinating marketing projects. She has a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and a master’s in business administration from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

SourceOne Expands

SourceOne has completed a move into a new, expanded facility in Lincoln, Neb. The company now has over 70,000 square feet of production space for manufacturing products for the automotive, aviation, agricultural, construction, athletic and consumer markets.

Pfaff Joins Becker Underwood

Katrina Pfaff has joined Becker Underwood as field development specialist for the company’s horticulture and specialties group. In her new position, Pfaff will focus on maintaining and improving the company’s lineup of beneficial nematode products. She will also be involved in field trials and research projects, and will serve as a resource for research collaborators and growers.

West Coast Turf Goes South of the Border

West Coast Turf has announced the formation of  West Coast Turf de Mexico, a full-service sod nursery offering custom sod production, complete turf installation and hydroseeding/stolonizing services. The nursery is located in Los Planes, Mexico.