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Makers of Astro-Turf Going Out of Business
KWTX-TV ^ | 2/18/04

Posted on 02/18/2004 12:10:46 PM PST by Dane

Makers of Astro-Turf Going Out of Business

The makers of AstroTurf have filed for Chapter Eleven bankruptcy protection and reportedly will soon go out of business.

The filing by Southwest Recreational Industries marks the climax of a long decline for the Leander, Texas-based company that once dominated the artificial turf industry.

The bankruptcy casts uncertainty over projects scheduled across the country -- including a turf replacement at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

In its bankruptcy filing, the Austin-area company says it'll sell two small divisions that make portable sports flooring and equipment for volleyball, gymnastics and basketball.

Otherwise, S-R-I says it'll discontinue business in the next few weeks after it finishes projects already begun.

AstroTurf was developed for the Astrodome in 1966 by the Monstanto Company. S-R-I bought AstroTurf Industries in 1994 from the bankrupt Balsam Corporation in Saint Louis


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: astroturf; bankruptcy; monstanto
Astro-turf goes the way of the buggy whip. Another icon of the 70's disappears.
1 posted on 02/18/2004 12:10:47 PM PST by Dane
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To: Dane
Another icon of the 70's disappears

Now if Kerry would just do the same.........

2 posted on 02/18/2004 12:16:51 PM PST by freedombird
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To: Dane
Did Clinton junk his pickup truck?
3 posted on 02/18/2004 12:21:19 PM PST by Jack Wilson
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To: Dane
The makers of AstroTurf have filed for Chapter Eleven bankruptcy protection and reportedly will soon go out of business.

Apparently demand dropped off after Bill Clinton sold his El Camino...

4 posted on 02/18/2004 12:22:47 PM PST by jellybean (Taglines are easy...it's filling in the reply box that takes thought.)
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To: Dane
Oh my! What will white trash around the great American landscape use on their front porches without "Astroturf"?

I'm buying a whole bunch up now, so that I'll have it for my flocks of pink flamingoes. They will stand on nothing else.

5 posted on 02/18/2004 12:23:34 PM PST by blackdog (Churchill si veveret, ad remum dareris!)
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To: freedombird
LOL! Kerry is trying to make the statements he made about the military and veterans in the 70's to disappear, even though he still believes what he said in the 70's.

As for astro-turf, I say good riddance. Carter, astro-turf, and ABBA were the blight of the 70's.

6 posted on 02/18/2004 12:23:51 PM PST by Dane
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To: Dane
So what is Bill Clinton going to put in the back of his El Camino now?
7 posted on 02/18/2004 12:24:43 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: Dane
Speaking at a General Motors plant in Shreveport, La., Clinton talked about that pickup back in Arkansas. "When I was a younger man and had a life, I owned an El Camino pickup in the '70s. It was a real sort of Southern deal. I had Astroturf in the back. You don't want to know why, but I did."

End of an era indeed.

8 posted on 02/18/2004 12:25:06 PM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: Dane; dubyaismypresident
Astroturf? You know who's responsible for that, don't you?! The Jews! Ah, the Jews hate grass. They always have, they always will.

Not that there is anything wrong with that....!

9 posted on 02/18/2004 12:29:13 PM PST by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you don't have to" ;)
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To: jellybean; Jack Wilson
Damned, you beat me.

10 posted on 02/18/2004 12:29:57 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: Dane
It was all over when they couldn't get the contract for Joe Biden's head.
11 posted on 02/18/2004 12:30:51 PM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Dane; Hegewisch Dupa; metalboy; camle; 1Old Pro; Zack Nguyen; Semper Paratus; CatoRenasci; ...
Makers of Astro-Turf Going Out of Business

Well, great!

If it weren't for Astroturf, Pete Rose would have actually never been considered for any accolades or The Hall of Fame!

Punkely, banjo-hitter, slimeball, gambling weenie, Pete Rose had so many of his dribblers up into the outfield gaps turned from regular singles into doubles and triples because of Astroturf!

Far out!

Pete, you and Astroturf are PAST TENSE!!!!!

12 posted on 02/18/2004 12:32:53 PM PST by thesummerwind (Like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: Dane
"AstroTurf was developed for the Astrodome in 1966 by the Monstanto Company. S-R-I bought AstroTurf Industries in 1994 from the bankrupt Balsam Corporation in Saint Louis"

Tossed around like a hot potato. Doomed..
13 posted on 02/18/2004 12:36:34 PM PST by Monty22
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To: Dane; Poohbah; Howlin; BOBTHENAILER; PRND21; Catspaw; brewcrew; Miss Marple
What a shame. Artificial turf was a nice thing for baseball, albeit not as good as the designated hitter.
14 posted on 02/18/2004 12:37:02 PM PST by hchutch ("I never get involved with my own life. It's too much trouble." - Michael Garibaldi)
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To: thesummerwind
Don't remind me...man, those cookie-cutter stadiums of the 70's with astro-turf were the worst...

My son and I went to PNC back 2001 and saw Tony Gwynn play, fun time there...
15 posted on 02/18/2004 12:41:38 PM PST by dakine
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To: Dane
There are other companies that make an artificial turf playing-field surface - but not by the trade name of AstroTurf. I b'lieve the field in Tejas Stadium in Irving is made by one such company. There will always be a market for the stuff...

Michael

16 posted on 02/18/2004 12:41:39 PM PST by Wright is right! (It's amazing how fun times when you're having flies.)
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To: Dane
As for astro-turf, I say good riddance. Carter, astro-turf, and ABBA were the blight of the 70's.

Not to mention leisure suits, disco, the Bee Gees, Captain and Tenille, and fondue.

17 posted on 02/18/2004 12:43:19 PM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Dane
Because this stuff is much better.
18 posted on 02/18/2004 12:43:44 PM PST by PogySailor
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To: Dane
"Makers of Astro-Turf Going Out of Business"

Headline should read:
Makers of Astro-Turf Going Out of Business George Bush found to be the reason. He sent the company to India and it went to HECK in a hand basket.

19 posted on 02/18/2004 12:49:50 PM PST by DeaconRed
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To: dakine
You 'da MAN!
20 posted on 02/18/2004 12:53:12 PM PST by thesummerwind (Like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: Dane
The stuff in Three Rivers was wierd. If you walked on it for any distance, your feet would actually get hot, even on a cold day. I marched on it once. That stuff was NASTY.
21 posted on 02/18/2004 12:53:25 PM PST by Benrand
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To: Dane
To paraphrase Dandy Don Meridith:

"Bye Bye Fuzzy Concrete!"

22 posted on 02/18/2004 12:53:44 PM PST by Khurkris (Ranger On...)
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To: hchutch
What a shame. Artificial turf was a nice thing for baseball...

OMG! What are you smoking?

23 posted on 02/18/2004 12:59:00 PM PST by Petronski (John Kerry looks like . . . like . . . weakness.)
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To: Petronski
I don't smoke anything. I just like artificial turf and the designated hitter.
24 posted on 02/18/2004 1:01:04 PM PST by hchutch ("I never get involved with my own life. It's too much trouble." - Michael Garibaldi)
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To: hchutch
I'm not quite sure how to read your comment - are you being facetious? IMHO, Astroturf sux. It's like covering the altar with polyester instead of fine linen. There's a certain religious quality to natural grass.

"When I found out there were 108 beads on a Catholic rosary and 108 stitches on a baseball, that's when I decided to give Jesus a chance."

25 posted on 02/18/2004 1:04:33 PM PST by brewcrew
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To: Dane
How many careers have been ended because someone tried to save a few bucks on gardeners? Natural turf plays better, looks better and causes less injuries. Be gone, foul plastic faux grass.
26 posted on 02/18/2004 1:06:18 PM PST by bootyist-monk (5, 4, 3, 2, 1! Thunderbirds are go!)
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To: hchutch
I don't smoke anything. I just like artificial turf and the designated hitter.

I don't have any problem with the designated hitter, but "astroturf was a nice thing for baseball?"

That's just kookytalk.

27 posted on 02/18/2004 1:07:09 PM PST by Petronski (John Kerry looks like . . . like . . . weakness.)
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To: Petronski; brewcrew
It has some good points - if a team has a lot of hitters who can shoot the ball to the gaps, artificial turf could be a good thing.

The thing about home fields is that a team can do some things to give them an advantage. Artificial turf adds something to that sort of thing - makes the game more interesting and it helps the offense.
28 posted on 02/18/2004 1:18:26 PM PST by hchutch ("I never get involved with my own life. It's too much trouble." - Michael Garibaldi)
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To: hchutch
Artificial turf was a nice thing for baseball, albeit not as good as the designated hitter.

Good God, man. I used to think we saw eye to eye.

29 posted on 02/18/2004 1:19:15 PM PST by PRND21
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To: Petronski
Both Astroturf and the DH are festering sores on the carbuncle that is major league baseball.
30 posted on 02/18/2004 1:19:18 PM PST by macrahanish #1
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To: Dane
It is GW fault. He hsould have done something about it.
31 posted on 02/18/2004 1:22:03 PM PST by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: Dane
darn....and I just bought an astroturf mower on-line....I shoulda known something was up.
32 posted on 02/18/2004 1:24:46 PM PST by ZinGirl
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To: PRND21
Well, I like offense in baseball, and both artificial turf and the DH help offense out.
33 posted on 02/18/2004 1:26:14 PM PST by hchutch ("I never get involved with my own life. It's too much trouble." - Michael Garibaldi)
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To: hchutch
Well, I like offense in baseball, and both artificial turf and the DH help offense out.

Seems you struck a nerve. ;)
Make pitchers hit and save player's knees is my motto.

34 posted on 02/18/2004 1:30:59 PM PST by PRND21
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To: bootyist-monk
How many careers have been ended because someone tried to save a few bucks on gardeners? Natural turf plays better, looks better and causes less injuries. Be gone, foul plastic faux grass.

Unfortunately it is necessary in indoor stadiums and the new stuff is really quite good: with a few inches of dirt and rubber pellets under the new rugs they're actually safer than most natural grass fields because of thei uniformity and cushion.. studies so far have borne this out.
35 posted on 02/18/2004 1:33:07 PM PST by Tinhatter
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To: hchutch
Artificial turf was a nice thing for baseball, albeit not as good as the designated hitter.

LOL- hope you've got your asbestos briefs on...

36 posted on 02/18/2004 1:44:40 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (Earth first! We can mine the other planets later.)
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To: Willie Green
"Makers of Astro-Turf Going Out of Business"

Damn cheap foreign imports :-)

37 posted on 02/18/2004 1:48:10 PM PST by NeoCaveman (New and improved is typically neither!)
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To: Paleo Conservative
You snooze...you lose!!! ;)
38 posted on 02/18/2004 1:49:10 PM PST by jellybean (Taglines are easy...it's filling in the reply box that takes thought.)
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To: Dane
I'll never look at the Brady Bunch backyard the same. Greg should be relieved though, it must've been a bi**h mowing it.
39 posted on 02/18/2004 1:51:13 PM PST by small voice in the wilderness (1)
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To: Dane
You know, this is going to confuse the heck out of Sheila Jackson Lee. After all, how can the grass on Mars go out of business?
40 posted on 02/18/2004 2:00:58 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: Dane
Good riddance. AstroTurf is responsible for hundreds of minor and major injuries in professional sports. The NextTurf product is much better, but still falls short of grass.
41 posted on 02/18/2004 2:03:03 PM PST by July 4th (George W. Bush, Avenger of the Bones)
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To: Paleo Conservative
So what is Bill Clinton going to put in the back of his El Camino now?

Used, worn out astro turf, donated to charity (i.e. his library) just like his old shorts. Fitting.

42 posted on 02/18/2004 2:38:09 PM PST by JohnBovenmyer (I)
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To: blackdog
So is your runway asphalt or grass? Either way, astroturf could come in handy next time you resurface.
43 posted on 02/18/2004 2:53:16 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Dane
Does Clinton know about this ?
44 posted on 02/18/2004 3:08:19 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: July 4th
This also affects the major stadiums, as AstroTurf is being phased out in favour of newer surfaces, including SRI's own AstroPlay, which has quickly grown in use in many college stadia, which are switching back to turf with the new surfaces. The Superdome and Metrodome were planning to adopt AstroPlay.

Canadian competitor FieldTurf already has carved a major international presence, with 20-time Japanese baseball champions the Tokyo Yomuiri Giants adopting FieldTurf in 2002, and four stadiums use the surface -- the Georgia Dome (installed 2003), Giants Stadium (installed 2003), Ford Field, and Seahawks Stadium.

Another Canadian competitor, Sportexe, has its Momentum turf at Baltimore and at the University of California at Berkeley.

And this comes on the verge as more NFL teams plan to switch to turf, from Canadian firms.
45 posted on 02/18/2004 7:18:33 PM PST by Bobby Chang
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