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About Sports Turf Northwest, now that is something to think about. Officially it all started in 2012, however, it really began in 2010.  So what was the reason for the company to start its journey to becoming the #1 online artificial turf maintenance dealer? Usually, an idea starts as a result of needing to solve a problem.  In  2010, Sports Turf Northwest co-founder Craig Prunty had a run in with Staphylococcus aureus, better known as Staph. Craig’s son contracted a Staph infection from playing sports; that’s when the search for a solution began.

What Did Staph Have To Do With Sports?

Research showed that artificial turf has bean en a health concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), certain sports have a higher rate of Staph and MRSA infections than others. The transmission of MRSA and Staph is made possible when one or more of the Five C’s outlined by the CDC is present. The five C’s are Crowding, Contact, Compromised Skin, Contamination, and Cleanliness.  Only one of the five C’s is needed to become infected with Staph. Back to MRSA or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus for a moment. MRSA is what happens when Staph is resistant to antibiotic methicillin and now is a serious health danger.

Mike Woelfel Begins Setting The Pieces of About Sports Turf Northwest Into Place

It became very clear that the majority of sports facilities, turf managers, and athletic directors were unaware of the dangers that artificial turf poses. Research showed sports facilities had been using one of two methods to sterilize artificial turf. One method is to let the sun kill the harmful microorganisms (however the ozone layer prevents this from being a real solution). The second option is to spray the fields with chemicals. During this research stage, Brian Grant was brought onboard as the third partner. As a former NBA star with six kids, Brian also felt inclined to help educate schools and sports facilities on the best methods for keeping kids and athletes safe from the threat of Staph and MRSA.

The Solution to Protect Athletes Against Staph and MRSA

Sports Turf Northwest set about to find the most effective solution possible for sterilizing artificial turf. We wanted technology to protect athletes from exposure to harmful microorganisms. As it turned out, Greensgroomer Worldwide had the solution. Spraying the turf with chemicals seemed like replacing one possible risk with another. Greensgroomer Worldwide has more than 22 years in the turf maintenance business. Starting first with golf course maintenance equipment and later adding artificial turf maintenance equipment to its list of products.  One important benefit is that all equipment is manufactured in the United States.GreensGroomer Equipment is Made In The USA What really impressed the three partners was Greensgroomer Worldwide’s state-of-the-art UVC technology. The 850 GreenZapr and 860 MiniZapr are two pieces of equipment that utilizes innovative ultraviolet (UVC) light. UVC light can exterminate dangerous bacteria. It turns out that UVC light, also called germicidal UVC, is proven technology that has been in use for more than 100 years.

The 850 GreenZapr

The 850 GreenZapr offers operators of synthetic fields a solution to protect athletes from harmful microorganisms. This environmentally friendly piece of equipment destroys the DNA of viruses such as MRSA, Staph, C. diff, Hepatitis, E-Coli, Influenza, and others that can live for days on synthetic turf. The 850 GreenZapr is a cost-effective alternative that protects the health of athletes and eliminates the need to apply chemicals to your artificial turf. The 850 GreenZapr is perfect for sterilizing artificial turf fields and keeping athletes and kids safe.

The 860 MiniZapr

For indoor use and smaller areas, the 860 MiniZapr is vital to keeping artificial turf sterilized. The 860 MiniZapr uses the same virus fighting technology as the 850 GreenZapr but on a reduced size scale. Powered by a simple wall plug or optional generator, the MiniZapr is as easy to use as a vacuum cleaner. The 860 MiniZapr is ideal for artificial turf in indoor soccer arenas; it can also be used in locker rooms, on gym equipment, in kids play areas, and any condensed space that is susceptible to microbe accumulation.

Sports Turf Northwest is proud to be an authorized equipment dealer for the Greensgroomer Worldwide’s line of natural and artificial turf maintenance equipment.  We strongly believe that the equipment we represent is the best in the industry. There are plenty of industries that can benefit from UVC technology and we look forward to introducing the 860 MiniZapr to them all!