Garnet Sofillas

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As North America's largest user of scrap tire rubber, ECORE International has made a thriving business out of finding creative ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We process more than 80 million pounds of scrap tire rubber each year and help to conserve more than one million barrels of oil while converting pliable treads into durable products for the construction, consumer, commercial, industrial, sports, and leisure markets.

PlayGuard exemplifies our goal of maintaining safety, design, and performance standards as well as stringent environmental codes. As a testament to its durability, PlayGuard also now features the industry’s only 15-year warranty! Manufactured in the U.S.A., its vibrant and environmentally responsible product design is achieved through the inclusion of our own proprietary EPDM branded ColorMill™.

ColorMill EPDM is peroxide cured, as opposed to sulfur cured, to ensure low odor and color vividness. Comprised of post-industrial waste, it is one of only a few EPDM lines in the U.S.A. to boast recycled content. PlayGuard’s inclusion of ColorMill reinforces our commitment to excellence and enables us to have complete control over the quality, color, and design of all our products.

At ECORE we use our expertise in sustainable product development to create innovative solutions specifically designed to not only meet our customer’s needs, but to also minimize destructive impacts on our environment. In addition to our specialized products designed for niche markets such as equine and load securement, our leading brands include Everlast sports surfacing with Nike Grind and ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring.

Founded in 1989, ECORE International is actively affiliated with the International Play Equipment Manufacturers, International Facility Management Association, International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, Construction Specifications Institute, American Institute of Architects, American Society of Testing Materials, U.S. Green Building Council, and the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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