Year In Review

Marketing and Communications

Throughout the year NGI's branding has been updated by producing new product literature, technical data and individual product logos. We have renamed products so that they fit into distinct categories making them more easily identified. We are more committed to new communication vehicles such as Facebook and Electronic Messaging through our Monthly Newsletter. Product information has also been organized so the new website can be completed in 2020.

Product Line Developments

TitanTrax Air has been introduced for indoor and outdoor urethane and acrylic finished athletic floors. Projects include urethane poured jogging tracks on Air at Maxwell Air Force Base and an indoor multi sport floor for basketball, volleyball and tennis at Thayer Academy in Boston MA.

Advanced Overlay Technology and TitanTrax Shield was introduced to new geographic markets in North America with over two million square feet of surfacing.

ProBounce installations have expanded into secondary schools and public parks as a more cost effective option than re-building or post tension applications.

TitanTrax Shield was recognized by the American Sports Builders Association as a “Game Changer for Tennis”, and won their 2019 award.

Patent is pending for TitanTrax PK.

New Installs

  • Five ProBounce - Club and Residential
  • Two ProCourt - Estes Park, home of Rocky Mountain National Park
  • ProBounce & TitanTrax Xtreme - Napa and Bay Area Developments
  • TitanTrax Xtreme - Southern. California & British Columbia

Thanks our 2019 Clients' of the Month
Court Makers
Allsport America
Lineberry Tennis
Ace Tennis Surfaces
Bishop’s Tennis Inc
General Acrylics

 

For this edition of "Ask The Expert", we thought we'd do something different by sharing an interview that Rick Burke, President of NGI Sports, had with Tennis Club Business in December of 2019. Read below:

TCB: Richard, where are you originally from?

RB: I'm from Etters, Pennsylvania.

TCB: Do you have a sports background? If yes, what sport? Did you play High School or College sports?

RB: In High School I played soccer. In college I played football. I was the Middle Linebacker at Shippensburg University. Today I'm playing golf.

TCB:  The Bio on your website states, in the mid 80's you introduced the first sand-filled turf products for tennis and various sports applications to the marketplace. How did this come about? How did you get into that field or work?

RB: I started in Chicago working for the largest distributor of acrylic paint for tennis in the USA (Emulsified Asphalts). Then I was approached by the Ritchie Brothers, based out of Wichita Kansas, who had just acquired the US distributorship for a product named OmniCourt (artificial grass system) from a Canadian company named OmniSport International to be the Vice President in charge of tennis development at OmniSport USA.

TCB: If a tennis club owner wants to build new outdoor courts, what are the most important aspects for the decision what kind of surface to install?

RB: Pace of play, type of surface (all weather/grass/clay/cushion), maintenance, existing site conditions, drainage, longevity, warranty.

TCB: Do you recommend the same surface for tennis and Pickleball outdoors? If not, why not?

RB: For resurfacing over an existing surface we recommend only our TitanTrax PK System, as it meets the APA bounce guidelines. For new construction we is the only overlay solution on the market that has a ball return that offer the ProBounce system.

TCB: What kind of aspects go into the decision of building indoor court surfaces?

RB: For indoor surfaces you are typically looking for a multi-sport system one that has enough cushion for volleyball/track, but also one that is dense enough to return energy on the ball bounce. We recommend out TitanTrax Air system for multi-sport facilities.

For tennis the existing building plays a large role in what type of system would be best. Indoor facilities that have too much humidity have a tough time striking a good balance for clay courts, but would be fine for an all weather system. The cost should weigh into this as well, and so should downtime.

TCB: Is crack repair cost effective? When is the resurfacing of a court better than repairing cracks.

RB: Crack repair systems can be effective if they are installed correctly, but also have many limitations. The cracks can always expand outside of those types of systems as they only cover 3-4 feet. The general rule with Asphalt/Concrete is that it is going to crack eventually, could be 2 months could be 5 years. The best things to evaluate are the cost and benefits an overlay system provides over time. A typical crack repair + acrylic paints starts around 3.5-5k dependent on the site, and may need to be done every 2-3 years to re-fill cracks.

TCB: How are you selling your services? Do you have a sales team?

RB:We have a dedicated inside sales staff with previous construction backgrounds that also train contractors throughout the country on the proper methods to install our surfaces.

TCB: What kind of warranty comes with NGI tennis courts?

RB: NGI has a 5 year manufacturers warranty against cracking… our ProBounce system has a 5 year warranty against dead spots and cracking.

TCB: Thank you, Richard Burke


Kiefer USA