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A-Turf Hails Synthetic Turf Safety Endorsement

Cheektowaga, NY (August 1, 2008) – A-Turf, a leading manufacturer and installer of synthetic turf fields across the nation, calls the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report, touting synthetic turf as safe, a responsible and welcomed endorsement. The report, released this week, found newer synthetic grass fields posed no danger to young children or athletes who play on or use these fields. The CPSC evaluation follows months of speculation and concern regarding the levels of lead contained in the fibers and the potential health impact. The report went on to alleviate concerns by stating that none of the fields tested released levels of lead that would be harmful to children. “The Consumer Product Safety Commission validates what A-Turf and the Synthetic Turf Council have long known to be true,” says Jim Dobmeier, President and Founder of A-Turf. “We appreciate the additional assessment and are hopeful the news will help put many of the unfounded fears to rest.” Safety is at the forefront of every A-Turf field built. A member of the Synthetic Turf Council (STC), A-Turf has long used high quality fibers from only the top STC approved fiber producers. “A-Turf supports and is committed to continually enhancing our product to improve its safety, quality and value” adds Dobmeier. “A-Turf adds value by working with schools to provide consistent playability, optimal footing and greater shock absorption for athletes.” A-Turf has long manufactured and installed responsible and environmentally friendly fields. Each field uses hundreds of thousands of pounds of recycled rubber in its infill and saves millions of gallons of water and hundreds of pounds of chemicals, such as pesticides and fertilizers, each year. A-Turf is part of ECOREâ„¢ International, an industry leader in manufacturing and innovating sustainable products. The CPSC report is among the latest study to endorse the safety of synthetic turf playing surfaces. In June, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHS) released its findings indicating lead levels to be well below what is required to cause harm to children or athletes. A-Turf, a sister company of Surface America Inc., is headquartered in Cheektowaga, NY. A-Turf sets the standard in the synthetic grass industry, creating and installing athletic surfaces for colleges, high schools and park districts across the nation. Surface America is recognized as the playground surfacing leader, developing and installing surfacing systems for playgrounds, gymnasiums, fitness facilities and trails & pathways. For more information visit www.Aturf.com or www.surfaceamerica.com

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