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BY Todd Britton

SHAW SPORTS TURF'S R&D TEAM LEADS SYNTHETIC TURF INDUSTRY

CALHOUN, Georgia - Shaw Industries is one of the leading companies in the world when it comes to innovation.  Shaw Sports Turf carries that same tradition of innovation in the field of synthetic turf.

Shaw Sports Turf has a dedicated R&D team of educated and experienced professionals who work hard every day to make the best synthetic turf products 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 better playing surfaces. That dedication and commitment has led to his name being on several patents and his status as a sought-after speaker and presenter at industry events.

Shaw Sports Turf’s 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.

The R&D team at Shaw Sports Turf 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 are considered the best the industry has to offer and give customers peace-of-mind in knowing their synthetic turf athletic fields are state-of-the-art. 

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