Mondo Chosen to Provide New Artificial Turf Field At Highland High School in Albuquerque, N.M.

Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., July 26, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Mondo's Mondoturf with Ecofill has been chosen to be the new artificial turf for Highland High School in Albuquerque, N.M. Mondoturf with Ecofill will replace the current natural grass field at the school, transforming it into a first-class competitive playing surface. Installation has begun and is expected to be completed by the end of September.

Highland's soccer and football programs will use the field, so officials wanted a synthetic turf that had the same performance qualities as natural grass, but that would not get hot like reground-tire fields.

"It was important to have a field that would have a realistic ball bounce unlike other synthetic fields," said APS Executive Director of Facilities and Operations Brad Winter. "This field will eliminate accidents and injuries that occur due to overuse of grass that can be seen by the end of each season."

The district also will save money on maintenance on the field including irrigation, weed control and other necessary repairs. The total estimated savings is $16,000 per year.

The Mondoturf with Ecofill field at Highland High School will not be the first Mondo system installed in the area. Mondo's multi-purpose sports flooring systems are installed in a number of the school district's middle school gymnasiums and city community centers.

About Mondoturf with Ecofill

Installed in more than 300 facilities worldwide, Mondoturf with Ecofill is a new artificial turf designed through extensive biomechanical research to reproduce all of the properties of natural grass without the problems associated with artificial fields made of reground tires. Ecofill, Mondoturf's infill, is a factory-manufactured patented polyolefin-based granule that delivers the appropriate amount of shock absorption and energy return for optimal, natural-field-like athletic performance. It retains less heat than traditional black rubber granules, so it reduces the potential for athletic fatigue and dehydration and the need to water down fields prior to use. It's virtually odor free, even in hot, humid environments, and it's environmentally safe -- Ecofill is a thermoplastic compound, so unlike traditional infill granules, it is completely recyclable, which is an industry first.

Mondoturf systems are manufactured in North America.

About Mondo

Mondo is the global leader in the sports flooring market, manufacturing floor surfaces for virtually every sport. The company has more than 1,000 tracks installed worldwide.

The official supplier of the athletic track and basketball and handball courts of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Mondo also is the official supplier or official sponsor of more than 100 sports federations and associations, including FIBA, IAAF, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, NIRSA, U.S. Track Coaches Association and YMCA.

The company also supplies a wide variety of commercial flooring and is the world's largest producer of sports and toy balls with an average daily production of 450,000 units. In addition, it manufactures large luxury yachts under its Mondomarine division.

Mondo invests heavily in research and development to ensure its products meet the highest quality standards in the industry, deliver optimal athletic performance, are durable, require minimal maintenance and are environmentally safe.

A family-owned business since its founding in 1948, Mondo's global headquarters are in Italy. The company has manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia and sells its products in more than 134 countries. More information about Mondo America is available at www.mondousa.com.

Mondo and Mondoturf are registered trademarks of Mondo.

Mondo USA, 1100 East Hector Street, Conshohocken, PA 19428, www.mondousa.com.



        

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