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AstroTurf Announces SportGroup Acquisition of Nagle Athletic Surfaces


AstroTurf Corporation is pleased to announce the acquisition of Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc., a prominent track and outdoor court installation specialist based in East Syracuse, NY. Nagle joins the SportGroup family of companies, which includes AstroTurf, Advanced Polymer Technologies, Polytan, SYNLawn, Melos, and more. The sale was finalized on July 31, 2018.

The Nagle acquisition marks a significant investment in the Rekortan and Laykold brands a commitment to the track and outdoor court industry.

Designed for the modern elite athlete, Rekortan is a diverse, world class series of polyurethane running tracks that is unmatched in quality and performance. As SportGroup’s flagship running track brand, Rekortan has helped SportGroup earn more Class 1 and Class 2 IAAF certifications than any competitor across the globe.

Heard Smith, CEO of SportGroup North America, said, “Nagle Athletic Surfaces has built a leading reputation for itself as a top-tier track, outdoor court, and E-Layer® installer over the last 25 years. They are an invaluable addition to AstroTurf, Rekortan, Laykold and SportGroup as a whole in North America.”

Paul Nagle of Nagle Athletic Surfaces stated, “Nagle is excited to join SportGroup and to offer the Rekortan brand. Since the 1960s Rekortan has been known as the surface of choice for elite competitions around the globe. Our clients will benefit from cutting edge chemistry, pure raw materials, and exceptional installation quality.” Paul Nagle will continue as CEO of Nagle Athletic Surfaces and operations will remain in East Syracuse, NY.

AstroTurf and Nagle will leverage turf and track synergies to provide high performance athletic surfaces throughout the Northeastern United States.

About AstroTurf®
For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. Now powered by SportGroup, the brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf and running track systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s website at http://www.astroturf.com.

About Nagle Athletic Surfaces
As a premier installer of athletic surfaces with over 100 years of combined management experience, including two inhouse ASBA-Certified Track Builders, institutions across the northeast trust and rely on Nagle as a valued partner. Visit Nagle’s website at http://www.nagleathletic.com to learn more.

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Serge Silva named Senior Track Technical Sales Representative

Nagle Athletic Surfaces is pleased to announce the promotion of Serge Silva to Senior Track Technical Sales Representative. He will be responsible for management and technical support of the Pennsylvania Track Technical Sales Representative in addition to sales efforts in New York and Pennsylvania.  Serge started his career at Nagle in 1992 as a field technician and has played an integral role in the growth and development of Nagle Athletic Surfaces court and track divisions. He has been responsible for selling and coordinating numerous projects at colleges and high schools across New York and Pennsylvania.


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Taking a Shortcut Can Actually Take Longer and Cost More…Much More!

 Synthetic running track surfaces are a beautiful addition to any facility and can yield tremendous benefits to a track program.

But a track surface that is not installed properly will fail and result in damage that looks terrible and creates a safety hazard.

As one would expect, running track surfaces can be very expensive and requires extensive training to install properly. With tightening budgets, many school districts are forced to go with the lowest bidder regardless of qualifications.  As a result, projects are usually delayed, or worse, rushed to get in before the big game.


Why do track surfaces fail?

There are many reasons why a running track surface can fail.

  • Track surface manufacturer’s recommendations are not followed
  • Inadequate surface preparation
  • Poor weather during installation
  • Not observing the minimum cure times for the underlying asphalt/concrete
  • Improperly trained installers
  • Mistakes


As you look over this list, you will note they are all shortcuts. These shortcuts are taken for one of two reasons, the contractor bid a rock bottom price to get the job or the project is being fast tracked to reach completion before the football team begins practicing. Remember the old saying…”you get what you pay for.”


The American Sports Builders Association offers a national program that certifies track installers possess the knowledge and experience to install tracks properly. Certified Track Builders must have several years experience installing synthetic running tracks, must pass a comprehensive exam and must be re-certified every three years.


At Nagle Athletic Surfaces, we never cut corners…ever. Make sure your hire an ASBA Certified Track Builder for your next track project.


Quality…Service…Value.  It’s what we do!

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