Turface Athletics™ Sponsors Major League Baseball Field Maintenance Clinic in the Dominican Republic

May 20, 2010

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. – (May 20, 2010) ─ Turface Athletics™ was a proud sponsor of the Brickman Major League Baseball (MLB) Field Maintenance Clinic which took place in the Dominican Republic in March of 2010. The event, led by Murray Cook of the Brickman Group, was held at the Pittsburgh Pirates training facility near Boca Chica. Approximately 50 turf managers representing 20 different MLB clubs, as well as turf managers from the Winter League stadiums attended the free event.

During the clinic, turf managers and groundskeepers learned about maintenance techniques and shared best practices with other local field managers. Josh Marden, Brickman’s sports turf operations manager from Durham Athletic Park, assisted by sharing his skills and knowledge to the group, and Joel Arroyo from the MLB International Operations office helped with logistics. Cook performed the mound maintenance section and led a general discussion regarding infield maintenance practices.

"Josh and Joel did a great job, and it’s exciting working with people that are so passionate about taking care of professional baseball fields," said Cook. "MLB is developing the game around the world, and both Brickman and Turface Athletics share the mission of helping to keep fields safe and playable. Turface is a natural clinic partner that helps us demonstrate better ways to take care of baseball fields."

Clinic organizers educated the group about the importance of field safety and gave hands-on education and supplies to managers who typically may not receive this type of assistance. The roles these managers play are very important to their communities as they create safer fields and reduce player injuries.

"We were proud to sponsor the Brickman Field Maintenance Clinic in the Dominican Republic," said Jeff Langner, brand manager, Turface Athletics. "Murray Cook and Brickman provide a very valuable service to the international sports field community. We were happy to contribute and are excited to assist with future events."

Brickman's Sports Turf Services division is among the best in the industry. Their team is headed by Murray Cook, an internationally known, 35-year veteran of the sports turf industry, with expertise in design, construction, maintenance and operations of diverse types of sports fields, at all levels of play. Additional field maintenance clinics are planned this year in Mexico, Holland, Italy and Taiwan as well as several clinics to be held in the U.S. The next clinic is scheduled for Caracas, Venezuela, and will take place at the end of June of 2010.

Turface Athletics' comprehensive product line includes MVP®, Pro League® and Quick Dry® for infield conditioning and moisture management, and Field & Fairway™ and Greens Grade™, for use on natural grass fields. For more information, visit www.Turface.com.

About Profile Products

Based in Buffalo Grove, Ill., PROFILE Products LLC produces a comprehensive line of products for soil modification, erosion control and plant establishment. Profile's industry-leading products and knowledge resources are housed in three primary businesses. The Turface Athletics™ line of products and services maximize sports field safety and performance. Profile Golf™ products and resources help golf course architects, builders and superintendents find the most effective solutions for both maintenance and construction. Profile Erosion Control Solutions (PECS™) encompasses a wide range of products to prevent erosion and establish vegetation for the golf course, transportation, landfill and commercial and residential markets. For more information about Turface Athletics' products, call (800) 207-6457 or visit www.profileproducts.com.

About Brickman

Enhancing the American landscape since 1939, Brickman serves commercial clients in 30 states, featuring award-winning maintenance, landscape architecture and construction services, sports turf services and snow and water management programs. For more information visit www.brickmangroup.com.