Synthetic Turf Resources is a USA based synthetic turf manufacturer located in Dalton, Georgia. The STR story began over four decades ago and continues today with over 240 employees. We’re proud to have been involved in synthetic turf from the beginning.
The Origins of Synthetic Turf
In 1964, the first large-scale synthetic grass was installed at Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island. The next year, in 1965 the Houston Astrodome was built, but conditions did now allow for efficient grass-growing conditions. The next year, the Houston Astros began their season playing on “Astroturf,” and the first generation of synthetic turf took off.
Synthetic Turf Gets an Upgrade
The first generation of synthetic turf began as tightly curled nylon fiber woven into a foam backing. It worked, but was far from optimal. In the 1970’s a second generation of artificial turf emerged, called “shag turf.” The new yarns were made of polypropylene and were less abrasive than the first generation turf. It also looked closer to real grass. Although this turf was acceptable for sports like field hockey, it was less suitable for sports like soccer because the ball behavior on the turf did not match the capabilities of natural grass.
Not Your Grandfather’s Turf
In the mid-1990’s, the third generation of artificial turf made its way to the lime light. It featured polyethylene yarn fibers along with many other innovations to the overall turf system. The polyethylene fibers are softer than the second generation’s polypropylene blades.
Today’s generation of synthetic turf features longer fibers that are spaced further apart, and “thatch”, in the yarn and backing. The thatch infill provides better form, function, and stability.
Synthetic turf has come a long way’s since the original “Astroturf.” It’s mimics real grass, is safe for athletes and children, and is built to hold up to weather and heavy use.
The STR Difference
The demand for synthetic turf is higher than ever before. Because of the innovations, the public is ready to use it in their yards, and schools and teams are ready for a long lasting and low maintenance solution to grass. With the surge in demand comes a surge in suppliers. It’s important to know that not all synthetic turf is made equally. At first glance a novice wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
The flaws in poorly manufactured turf can reveal themselves in a matter of weeks. At the end of the day synthetic turf is a manufactured product. The satisfaction of users will depend on the quality of the manufacturing. Because STR is a vertically integrated synthetic turf manufacturer that has invested decades of R&D, we can guarantee the highest quality synthetic turf at affordable rates. The success of your synthetic turf business depends on quality turf and seamless customer service – STR provides both.
We are proud to have been awarded the ISO 9001:2015 certification, a world-wide recognized quality management system that guarantees products and services meet the needs of customers. This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. Using ISO 9001 helps ensure that customers get consistent, good-quality products and services, which in turn brings many business benefits.
Ready to Standout in the Synthetic Grass Industry?
When you choose STR you’re choosing proven quality results and over 40 years of manufacturing innovation. With a commitment to the latest technology, techniques, and manufacturing control we proudly stand by every STR product we make. Schedule a discovery meeting with one of our in-house account managers and find out how we can help you standout with your synthetic turf business.
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