At Shaw Sports Turf, we’re known for innovation. Our dedicated R&D team of educated and experienced professionals work hard every day to make our products the best the market has to offer. The team is headed by Dr. Phil Stricklen. Stricklen and his staff are outside-the-box thinkers who constantly look at new ways to provide betterplaying surfaces. That dedication and commitment has led to his name being on several patents and hisstatus as a sought-after speaker and presenterat industry events.
Our 75,000 square foot research and development facility is the largest and most expansive in the industry. The facility houses a “pilot” experimental manufacturing plant with narrow-width versions of the machines used in our manufacturing facilities. These machines give our R&D team the ability to run initial trials like no one else in the industry can. The equipment in the pilot plant is dedicated to tufting, twisting, texturizing, air entangling, coating and yarn development.
Our sports turf R&D team also has access to a large turf performance laboratory featuring all the necessary equipment to test gmax, ball roll, ball bounce, rotational resistance,vertical deformation, force reduction, tensile strength, wear, abrasion, UV, weather effects, and temperature effects.
With testing protocols and procedures that exceed those of even the most stringent independent labs, Shaw Sports Turf ’s Research and Development Center is at the forefront of advancement in making better performing, safer, and more durable synthetic
sports turf fields.
As a result of this commitment to research and development, Shaw Sports Turf ’s products areconsidered the best the industry has to offer and gives customers peace-of-mind in knowing their athletic fields are state-of-the-art.