Turf Tile Now Available!

September 19, 2016

PlayGuard Safety Surfacing, which is manufactured by Ecore and is designed to reduce the risk of serious injury associated with falls from playground equipment, is proud to announce the launch of its newest product: Turf Tile.

Manufactured in the U.S.A., this molded rubber tile features a turf surface that looks like real grass. It measures 24-inches-by-24-inches wide and is 2.5-inches thick. Turf Tile can be used inside or outdoors on playgrounds, patios, or rooftops. Installation is simple using PlayGuard's Quad Blok interlocking connectors, which feature precisely located openings that interface with the corner leg understructure PlayGuard tiles.

To learn more about PlayGuard or Turf Tile visit: http://playguardsurfacing.com. visit: http://www.ecoreintl.com.

Ecore Will be featured on World’s Greatest May 2 & 16

April 25, 2016

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into performance surfaces that make people's lives better, is proud to announce it will be featured on episode 227 of World's Greatest, a half hour television show featuring behind- the -scenes footage and interviews with some of the most amazing and unique companies, products, people, and travel destinations in the world. Airing May 2 & 16, this episode can be seen on DirecTV Channel 305, Dish Network on channel 250, or by going to http://worldsgreatesttelevision.com/tv_schedule to see what network the show will be on in your area.


5/2/16 - 6am (Eastern)
Cable -- Dual feed
  • Eastern viewers - 6am local time
  • Central viewers - 5am local time
  • Mountain viewers - 5am local time
  • Pacific viewers - 6am local time
SATELLITE (DirecTV ch. 305, Dish ch. 250) -- Single feed
  • Eastern viewers - 6am local time
  • Central viewers - 5am local time
  • Mountain viewers - 4am local time
  • Pacific viewers - 3am local time

5/16/16 - 6am (Eastern)
Cable -- Dual feed
  • Eastern viewers - 6am local time
  • Central viewers - 5am local time
  • Mountain viewers - 5am local time
  • Pacific viewers - 6am local time
SATELLITE (DirecTV ch. 305, Dish ch. 250) -- Single feed
  • Eastern viewers - 6am local time
  • Central viewers - 5am local time
  • Mountain viewers - 4am local time
  • Pacific viewers - 3am local time

Bo Barber, Ecore's Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Business Development was interviewed for the show and filming took place at the company's plant in York, Pa.

To learn more about Ecore visit: http://www.builtbyyes.com. To learn more about World's Greatest visit: http://worldsgreatesttelevision.com.

Video Sets Record Straight on Artificial Turf and Crumb Rubber

February 02, 2016

The artificial turf and recycled rubber industries have released a video entitled "The Truth About Artificial Turf and Crumb Rubber" to educate decision-makers, coaches, parents, and the general public on the science related to the safety of artificial turf fields and recycled rubber. This video features parent, coach, and scientific perspectives on the safety of turf and recycled rubber and was created in conjunction with Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing that makes people’s lives better and a leader in the establishment of the Recycled Rubber Council.

The video is available at this link: http://ecoreintl.com/rubbercrumbfacts.php.

The video features commentary from a variety of perspectives, including:
  • John Boynton, a parent who led an effort to review the existing science and ultimately advocated to install artificial turf fields in his town in Massachusetts
  • Jim Dorsey, a longtime high school football coach and current athletic director who touts the benefits of turf fields at his school
  • Michael Peterson, a board-certified toxicologist at Gradient, an environmental and risk sciences consulting firm, and a Scientific Advisor to the Recycled Rubber Council

This video was produced by the Safe Fields Alliance and the Recycled Rubber Council, and is endorsed by the Synthetic Turf Council.

About the Safe Fields Alliance

The Safe Fields Alliance (SFA) is a coalition dedicated to educating stakeholders around the safety of synthetic turf fields and crumb rubber, including that based on an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence, there is no link between turf and crumb rubber and health issues. Three of the leading North American manufacturers of synthetic turf fields – FieldTurf, Sprinturf, and AstroTurf, working alongside several leading recycled rubber manufacturers, came together to help alleviate concerns related to this issue. For more information, please visit http://www.safefieldsalliance.com.

About the Recycled Rubber Council

The Recycled Rubber Council (RRC) serves manufacturers, processors, and distributors of recycled rubber products; entities that supply products or services to those that manufacture or process recycled rubber products; and individuals or entities that benefit from recycled rubber products. Its mission is to communicate, advocate, and educate about the safety and beneficial uses of recycled rubber. For more information, please visit http://www.recycledrubbersafetycouncil.org.

Ecore Announces Rebrand

September 23, 2015

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into performance surfaces that make people’s lives better, has undergone a corporate rebranding effort to reflect the company’s core values: safety, health, and wellness.

“Our customers and people in the industry think of Ecore as the original recycled rubber flooring manufacturer,” said Arthur Dodge, III President and CEO of Ecore. “Or they recognize us by our multiple sub-brands, such as Everlast and ECOsurfaces. Last year, we decided to change all that. We want to be a company that is known by one name, Ecore.” As a result, Ecore began rebranding itself and transforming from a house of brands into a branded house in 2014.

“Our goal with this monumental rebranding effort has been to not only focus on what we do, but why we do it,” said Bo Barber, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development. “We want our customers and the flooring industry to understand that Ecore is building surfaces for the people working and playing on them. We are driven by a simple question: ‘Can a floor do more?’ The answer is: Yes! Ecore is committed to developing surfaces that create new standards related to acoustics, ergonomics, and safety.”

As a result of this rebrand, a refreshed Ecore brand now sits atop all company business units and product families – Ecore Athletic, Ecore Commercial Flooring, Ecore Industrial, and Ecore Construction. Ecore’s business units remain the same, supported by the product families with which everyone is familiar.

Ecore began in 1871 as the Dodge Cork Company and was renamed Ecore in 2007. Five generations later, under the leadership of Art Dodge III, Ecore offers a diverse portfolio of surfaces, ranging from playgrounds, weight rooms, and turf fields, to hospitals, hotels, and retail environments. To learn more about Ecore visit: www.builtbyyes.com.

Ecore Issues Environmental Product Declarations for 12 Products

April 20, 2015

Ecore International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfaces that make people’s lives better, recently demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by issuing Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for twelve products.

An EPD is a verified document that reports environmental data of products based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and other information in accordance with the international standard ISO 14025. Ecore’s EPDs were prepared by SCS Global Services and based on the NSF International Product Category Rule (PCR) for Flooring: Carpet, Resilient, Laminate, Ceramic, and Wood. Several Ecore products have gone through the rigorous EPD process, which includes a comprehensive life cycle assessment.

Ecore has conducted EPDs for Forest rx, Terrain rx, UltraTile®, ECOmax, Performance, ECOrx, ECOfit, PlayGuard, Everlast Basic Rolls & Tiles, ECOsurfaces, QT, and ECOsilence.

Following completion, Ecore's EPDs were externally verified by FFK LTD as conforming to the requirements of ISO 14025:2006 and ISO 21930:2007. This verification meets LEEDv4 requirements. Ecore considers these Environmental Product Declarations a useful tool in providing transparent, comparable, and authenticated information with regards to environmental performance of its products.

Ecore's EPDs can be downloaded here or on SCS Global Services' Green Product Guide: http://www.scsglobalservices.com/certified-green-products-guide.

ECORE's PlayGuard® Donates Playground Tiles to Lancaster Day Care Center

January 06, 2015

The Lancaster Day Care Center (LDCC), a non-profit organization committed to providing early education and affordable childcare for children in Lancaster, Pa., recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to open its newly resurfaced playground. The mulch at the playground was replaced with PlayGuard Safety Surfacing, manufactured in Lancaster by ECORE, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing.

The previous playground surface consisted of mulch, which, according to the Department of Public Welfare, poses potential health hazards for infants and toddlers under the age of two-years-old and prohibits them from playing on such surfaces.

"ECORE was happy to donate surfacing that provides a safe, clean place for children to play," said Arthur Dodge, III, President and Chief Executive Officer of ECORE. "PlayGuard is designed to reduce the risk of serious injuries associated with falls from playground equipment."

The LDCC features eight learning enriched classrooms for children eight-weeks to five-years-old and a large outdoor playground area. "We have provided a safe-haven for these kids with the outdoor play area," said Nina Moragne, Executive Director for Lancaster Day Care. "In some cases this is the only time they are able to get physical activity."

ECORE: Made in the U.S.A. for 143 Years

July 01, 2014

With the 4th of July approaching, many Americans are feeling patriotic. This brings to mind the importance of buying American made products. The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection Business Center defines made in the U.S.A. as "all or virtually all" of the product has been made in America; all significant parts, processing, and labor that go into the product must be of U.S. origin.

ECORE International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, has been producing and selling products in the U.S.A. for 143 years. What began as the Dodge Cork Company is now known as ECORE International. ECORE is also still a family owned business. The company was formed by G. W. Dodge in 1871, and his great, great grandson, Arthur Dodge III is the current CEO and President.

In addition to continuing to make cork products, ECORE is now mining waste streams to create unique performance surfacing. ECORE is North America's largest manufacturer of recycled scrap-tire derived rubber products, recycling more than 65 million pounds of material each year. To learn more about ECORE, view the new corporate video at: http://youtu.be/1Aw5POx9fiQ.

ECORE Donates PlayGuard Tiles to Schreiber Pediatric

May 16, 2014

ECORE International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, recently donated PlayGuard Safety Surfacing to Schreiber Pediatric Rehab, a premier outpatient physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy center for children with disabilities, developmental delays, and acquired injuries, located in Lancaster, Pa. ECORE was recognized for its efforts at a thank you reception held on Tuesday, May 13.

ECORE was approached by a member of the Schreiber Board of Directors about donating rubber tiles for an outdoor playground last fall. "Schreiber had some concerns about their existing toddler playground," said Arthur Dodge, III, CEO and President of ECORE International. “They needed a safe, clean place for children to play. Since the playground is used year-round, when it rained or snowed, the children would get muddy and have to change their clothes,” said Dodge.

ECORE donated 200 24-inch by 24-inch PlayGuard tiles in two colors – a blueish gray and a white/black tone – to cover 400-square-feet. Because these tiles are made from 100 percent recycled rubber, the children can now play without getting dirty or hurting themselves if they fall. ECORE also donated quad block connectors, E-Grip III (an adhesive), and a reducer that was installed at the entrance. All of these donated products equate to a $5,000 value.

PlayGuard Unveils New Logo

June 01, 2011

On June 1, 2011, PlayGuard Playground Safety Surfacing says goodbye to its old logo in favor of a more modern and playful one. The new logo is fresh, fun, and cheerful. PlayGuard has been protecting children for more than 15 years and the logo has grown and changed with each new generation.

The updated logo features child-like and joyful PlayGuard letters dancing while the phrase “Safety Surfacing” is still solid and reliable below. The color palette will have several versions, each with bright, youth inspired colors. The new logo coincides with the recent expansion of the PlayGuard line to include 1” tiles.

PlayGuard Unveils 1” Tile Lines

April 29, 2011

PlayGuard Safety Surfacing, manufactured by ECORE International, announces the addition of a 1” thick tile to its existing collection of playground surfacing tiles. PlayGuard’s 1” tile expands the Carnival Ultra and Safari Ultra product lines of 2-1/2” and 4-1/4” thick tiles. Low maintenance, wet and dry slip resistance, and high durability make these 1” tiles ideal for daycare applications, tumbling rooms, and tricycle paths.

The new PlayGuard 1” tile includes the standard eight Carnival Ultra and nine Safari Ultra wear-layer patterns over a recycled post consumer rubber molded tile. Durable, long-lasting, custom design capabilities range from playful designs with simple borders and inserts, to bold statements with logos, symbols, and shapes. Customization can be explored by creating a custom patterned wear layer or by playing with the standard colors in PlayGuard’s line to create a checkerboard or hopscotch design.

The new line extension, like all of PlayGuard’s products, is committed to safety and is IPEMA certified. The 1” tile meets 2 foot fall height requirements per ASTM F1292-04 specifications for impact attenuation for falls and is CPSC compliant. It also has the potential to contribute points to LEED and is FloorScore certified for indoor air quality. PlayGuard is also introducing recycled rubber wear mats in a 36” x 36” squares with a 1-1/2” height to their accessory line. The mats are made from the same recycled SBR that the other ECORE International products are made from and include up to 92% recycled rubber. The mats are loose lay and can easily be installed under swing sets and at the foot of sliding boards. These durable mats will help prevent the spread of wood mulch, pea gravel, or rubber crumb helping to assist in keeping children safe.

ECORE International has been at the forefront of recycling efforts since their inception in 1989. Twenty years ago, ECORE pioneered the recycled rubber flooring category. Today, as North America’s largest user of recycled scrap tire rubber, ECORE processes more than 80 million pounds of scrap tire rubber each year, and helps to conserve more than one million barrels of oil in the process to convert pliable treads into durable product solutions for commercial, industrial, and architectural applications.

ECORE Announces Redeux Material Take Back Program

April 01, 2011

ECORE International, pioneer of the recycled rubber flooring industry for over 20 years, is proud to announce its new “Redeux” material take back program. As an advocate for sustainable design and eco-friendly living, ECORE has developed Redeux to further their commitment to reducing waste, reusing scrap, and recycling old products and samples in order to manufacture new.

Beginning April 1, 2011, ECORE customers now have the opportunity to send back old or remnant recycled rubber and cork products for recycling to ECORE’s Lancaster, Pennsylvania manufacturing facility. The Redeux program partners with building professionals committed to environmental stewardship by providing resources to recycle ECORE’s rubber flooring, underlayments, and rubber and cork industrial products after their useful life which will considerably help keep building materials out of landfills. The reclaimed material will be made into new flooring, underlayments, and industrial products by ECORE.

“The Redeux process is incredibly unique due to the fact that ECORE’s products are already made from recycled materials at their inception and now are able to be “re-recycled” again and again,” states Arthur B. Dodge III, ECORE’s chairman and CEO. “We are proud to be able to reuse our waste, reduce the amount of products going to landfills, and recycle; therefore significantly extending the life of each product we manufacture.”

Due to a proprietary process and complete quality control, no integrity is lost manufacturing new products from recycled materials. Quality is held to high standards due to ECORE’s own recycling capabilities, nothing is outsourced. These capabilities also reduce the use of fossil fuels by eliminating shipping to a separate rubber recycling company.

Customers must first submit an application to have their material accepted into the Redeux program which asks questions about the amount of material to be returned and confirms that the material is free of foreign contaminates like stones, wood, concrete, drywall, etc. Materials accepted into the Redeux program will be shipped to ECORE’s Lancaster facility to be sorted, shredded, cleaned and ground for the next generation of recycled rubber flooring, underlayment and industrial products.

All products manufactured by ECORE are applicable. Materials and samples that have been approved to be recycled include: ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring, Everlast sports surfacing with Nike Grind, Everlast Contender, TRU, QT Sound Insulation, PlayGuard Safety Surfacing, Training Ground with Nike Grind, Pavesafe, and ECORE Industrial branded products. Materials with ECOguard coating, scrim, products installed with ECORE’s E-Grip III adhesive, and products made with ECORE’s patent-pending itstru Technology will also be accepted.

Materials will be taken back and recycled on a case-by-case basis. Unexpected and unapproved shipments will not be accepted. The full requirements for the Redeux program can be found on ECORE’s website, www.ecoreintl.com.

As an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council, ECORE supports sustainable green building policies, standards and practices. The use and reuse of pre and post-consumer waste is foundational to ECORE’s business. With respect for the environment and an understanding that all resources are limited, the company has made responsible development of innovative and sustainable products a top priority.

To join ECORE’s effort to promote awareness, respect of our environment, and support the Redeux recycling program please visit www.ecoreintl.com or email redeux@ecoreintl.com for more information.

Ecore International Renews FloorScore Certification for 2011

October 22, 2010

Ecore International announces that its recycled rubber products have received FloorScore certification for a third consecutive year. FloorScore certification, developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute in partnership with Scientific Certification Systems, measures flooring systems according to the stringent indoor air quality criteria established by the state of California. Products that adhere to FloorScore standards are independently certified by Scientific Certification Systems for low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and qualify for use in California’s high performance schools. To meet California state VOC requirements (section 01350), FloorScore requires rigorous product testing. It also entails auditing of the manufacturing site, annual re-certification requirements, product records, and a tangible quality control plan from the organization.

According to Ecore EVP of Sales & Marketing, Rich Campbell, “Gaining FloorScore certification for the third consecutive year represents Ecore’s on-going commitment to producing healthy products and using sustainable manufacturing processes. We make it a priority to ensure our products meet the highest building code standards and support the most stringent requirements for personal health and safety.”

Ecore products feature a combination of PVC-free recycled content and low VOC emissions that allows them to potentially contribute points toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Brands receiving FloorScore certification include ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring, Everlast sports surfacing with Nike Grind, PlayGuard Safety Surfacing, and QT Sound Insulation. Each brand has been certified under “Rubber Tile and Roll Goods” and will retain its current certification for one year, necessitating renewal in October of 2011. As representation, Ecore has obtained registration number SCS-FS-01793.

Click here for more information on FloorScore.

About Ecore International:

Ecore International has been at the forefront of recycling efforts since its inception in 1989. Twenty years ago, Ecore pioneered the recycled rubber flooring category. Today, as North America’s largest user of recycled scrap tire rubber, Ecore processes more than 80 million pounds of scrap tire rubber each year, and helps to conserve more than one million barrels of oil in the process to convert pliable treads into durable product solutions for commercial, industrial, and architectural applications.

For more information on Ecore’s portfolio of brands visit: http://www.ecoreintl.com.

PlayGuard now offers the industry’s first 15-year limited warranty!

May 05, 2010

PlayGuard leads the modular playground surfacing industry with patented technology for unparalleled durability in heavy traffic areas. Specifically designed to meet fall ratings for play applications, PlayGuard’s footed tiles feature unsurpassed versatility and easy adhesive-free installation. They are created by molding a colorful wear layer to a footed tile, both manufactured from recycled rubber in the U.S.A. For unique and vibrant designs that last for years, the modular tiles feature 22 standard color patterns and can offer custom design capabilities. PlayGuard has gained a reputation as the highest quality product on the market. As a testament to that quality, ECORE International is proud to announce a new extended 15 year warranty - the first of its kind in the industry.

Visit our warranty page for more details.