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Protective Racking System reduces vibration and clanking when racking weights.

Beautifully tough to accommodate frequent use, fitness center managers and staff also will enjoy the urethane bar supports, which guard against wear and tear from metal-on-metal contact; molded paint guards, which prevent chipping at key contact points; and rubber feet, which protect flooring. An integrated labeling system for plate and dumbbell storage helps fitness centers keep weights organized.

For more information, visit or call (847) 288-3300.

Playworld Systems Teams Up with the Partnership for Play Every Day

Lewisburg, Pa.–Recreation equipment manufacturer Playworld Systems Inc. has joined non-profit organization Partnership for Play Every Day as a corporate partner. Playworld will work alongside more than 30 non-profit organizations, government agencies, academic organizations and corporations to promote physical activity and play among children.

The Partnership for Play Every Day was created in February 2007 to offer support for policies, programs and practices that promote daily physical activity among children. As a corporate sponsor, Playworld will contribute to the cause by providing community leadership in its markets, commitment to the internal organization and devout advocacy of the message.

Playworld’s involvement with the Partnership for Play Every Day comes in the midst of its own internal campaign promoting the significant importance of play. In addition to launching a new corporate initiative through its “The World Needs Play” theme, the manufacturer has also taken actions to promote physical activity among its staff by increasing corporate family memberships to local gyms, enhancing the number of yearly fitness-focused family/employee events and implementing a “Healthy for Life” program to promote all-around fitness.

To help spread the message of play beyond its corporate walls, Playworld is creating an advisory board of relevant professionals and experts to promote the importance of play as well as the development of engaging play spaces for individuals, families, friends and communities nationwide.

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SoftSide Safety Pads & Padded Flooring

Indianapolis, Ind.—RenoSys Corporation has introduced SoftSide, a custom padding system manufactured for today’s demanding safety fall-zone applications. According to the company, SoftSide is a durable, slip-resistant, textured or non-textured foam padding designed for water playground, spray ground and waterslide use. The product is composed of high-grade PVC with built-in, anti-microbial and UV inhibitors. Softside Safety Pads come ½ inch to 6 inches thick and are purchased as custom-built, watertight pads for owner installation. SoftSide Safety Flooring comes ¼ inch to 2 inches thick and may be purchased for entire floor area installations. SoftSide is backed by a two-year warranty. For more information, visit or call (800) 783-7005.

FieldTurf Selected for Installation at Legendary Ohio Stadium

Columbus, Ohio–The Ohio State University has selected FieldTurf for installation at historic Ohio Stadium. The announcement was made today by FieldTurf Tarkett CEO John Gilman. The installation began on April 23 and will debut when Ohio State hosts Youngstown State in its 2007 opener on September 1.

FieldTurf will replace the natural grass that the Buckeyes have been playing on since 1990. Prior to that, OSU played on an artificial-turf surface from 1970-89. The Buckeyes will become the fourth Big Ten University to have FieldTurf in a football stadium, joining Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Ohio Stadium is one of the most famous in all of college football. Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, it has been home to the Buckeyes since 1922. With a seating capacity of 101,568, it is the fourth-largest, on-campus facility in the United States.

For more information on FieldTurf, please visit or call (800) 724-2969.

Tick & Pest Deterrents

Shawnee, Kan.—Bayer Animal Health reminds pet owners now is the time to consider their options for protecting both themselves and their pets from the discomfort and disease that can be caused by fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.

For dogs residing in rural or suburban settings, or those accompanying their owners in outdoor activities, such as hunting or camping, “the big three”–fleas, ticks and mosquitoes–may pose serious threats. They can lead to a host of Canine Vector Borne Diseases (CVBD), such as ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, heartworm disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Humans need to be careful as well.

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