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Why Made in the USA Matters.

Friday, September 16th, 2016

“Made in the USA” is more than a catchy slogan. It’s about supporting American jobs, factories, and the environment.

For the sports flooring companies that produce their products outside of the U.S., offshoring is all about making a larger profit through the exploitation of dirt-cheap labor. It’s very rare that product quality, corrupt political systems, human rights, or horrific environmental costs are ever considered when exporting manufacturing overseas. Not to mention consideration of the cost to U.S. economy by exporting not only jobs but also the closing of our factories right here in our hometowns.

All SnapSports Athletic Surfaces are made in the USA

SnapSports is a family run company. We design, engineer, manufacture, and ship all of our modular sports flooring products from our headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. We are honored to support the local economy by providing well-paying jobs to more than 125 employees and to support an even larger dealer network.

Through our “keeping it green” initiative we’re deeply committed to the environment. As a result, SnapSports meets California environmental standards for manufacturing and residential installation. And since we don’t ship our entire product line across the pacific, we drastically reduce our potential carbon footprint.

Quality and value are what drives us. We make our flooring in our factory; a third party overseas vendor does not manufacture it. Therefore, we directly control the quality of our products. Because of our management system, commitment to manufacturing high-quality products, and excellent customer service, we have been awarded the ISO 9001:2008 certification. The quality and value of our flooring are why so many top names in athletics, like the NBA and AUU, choose to use our floors.

Keeping it Green

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

SnapSports is one of the most “Green” ISO quality manufacturing facilities in the sports flooring industry.

  • SnapSports only the highest-grade virgin polypropylene in their proprietary manufacturing processes, which is all 100% recyclable
  • Polypropylene is manufactured from propylene monomer, a relatively safe gas, which is a waste byproduct of the petroleum industry that used to be burned off into the atmosphere contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, the more polypropylene used in SnapSports flooring products helps in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Polypropylene is 100% recyclable
  • Any waste material SnapSports produces in their manufacturing is recycled to make other flooring products, ensuring 0% waste
  • SnapSports manufacturing process is safe, low in emissions and meets all California Standards, including the standard for residential community installations
  • The cooling systems used by SnapSports to control temperatures for all of our manufacturing presses are operated on a closed loop, so it’s 100% recycled
  • All of the steel used in SnapSports molds and athletic components is 100% recyclable
  • The warehouse structure within our 180,000 square foot facility was engineered to use natural sunlight
  • SnapSports has led the industry with numerous manufacturing processes and technologies to allow them to consume less energy to produce their global leading athletic flooring lineup
  • SnapSports sport floors and outdoor courts are manufactured in Salt Lake City, Utah in their ISO Quality Systems certified facility

SnapSports Team Attends FSB 2015 in Cologne, Germany

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Jeff Vance presenting at the dealer and distributor network meeting during FSB 2015
Every two years FSB is held in Cologne, Germany; this is the world’s leading trade fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities. The enormous exhibit hall, Koelnmesse, is divided into three themed sections based on the primary industries for the fair. This year the exhibition ran from October 27th through 30th, and it’s estimated that 650 companies from more than 45 countries were exhibiting at the fair. Attendees ranged from designers to decision-makers, planners to the private sector.

In years past, SnapSports has always exhibited at FSB with a large centrally located booth. The booth has always been the focal point for SnapSports. Having a booth allowed their current and prospective dealers to easily locate them, visit with the SnapSports team, and discuss products and news.

This year, SnapSports decided to take a slightly different approach to the FSB trade fair: they elected to forego the large display booth in order to hold two by-invitation-only meetings and private dinners with their dealer and distributor network. This meeting format allowed for the SnapSports team to make presentations, offer training and advice, as well as discuss forthcoming expansions to the product lineup. The dinner and meeting approach was well received by SnapSports’ dealers and distributors, offering them additional time for questions and undivided attention.

As the trade fair is winding down in Germany, the SnapSports team and dealers are heading home with fresh ideas, inspiration and renewed vigor. SnapSports will continue to innovate and lead the industry, and looks forward to the meetings in Cologne in two more years.

SnapSports® Teams up with the largest AAU Basketball Tournament in US

Friday, June 12th, 2015
Thousands of players from across the country meet for the largest AAU tournament of the season.

A bird’s eye view of the Reno facility and SnapSports playing surfaces

SnapSports® returns as the Official Championship and Tournament sports surface for the AAU Jam On It Memorial Day Tournament In Reno, May 23-25

Athletes and spectators will flock to sunny Reno, Nevada this Memorial Day Weekend for the 14th Annual Reno Memorial Day Tournament which will take place at the Reno Convention Center May 23rd-25th.  The ‘Jam On It’ Reno Memorial Day Tournament will host over 1000 teams, tightly holding its reputation as the World’s largest AAU basketball Tournament.  Throughout the three day tournament, athletes, coaches, and AAU representative look forward to, again, using SnapSports tournament basketball courts. Having been chosen for its unmatched durability, ease of installation, high performance, and safe play, SnapSports  is proud to continue its longstanding partnership with ‘Jam On It’ as the official sports flooring.

“Everyone at SnapSports is proud that the world’s largest basketball tournament chose SnapSports Athletic Surfaces as the ‘Official Basketball Court’ over all others, a testament to the fact that when it comes to durability, performance and player safety, we are unmatched.”  Jorgen Moller Jr, CEO SnapSports

During the Tournament both qualifying and championship play will take place on over 85 courts featuring the multi-patented SnapSports  BounceBack® ShockTower® surfacing.  SnapSports BounceBack® sports flooring with ShockTower® technology is the ONLY modular sports surfacing featuring actual shock absorbers built into the flooring structure – a multi-patented “resilient shock” technology that was designed with superior performance and player safety in mind. With over 16 individual shocks per square foot, ShockTower® is the OneCourt® that stands above all others.

“Over the years, we’ve used nearly every indoor modular surface, but SnapSports products are the best in the industry. These young athletes can play upward of a dozen times during an event, but with the incredible structural support of ShockTower, the players are never fatigued from floor impact.” – Matt Williams, AAU, Second Vice President, ‘Jam On It’ President

SnapSports manufactures 24/7 in their 150,000 square foot ISO 9001:2008 Quality certified facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. SnapSports is the Official Court of AAU Basketball Jam On it, AAU All Under one Roof,  The Big South, The United States Futsal Federation, NBA Jam Session, NBA Nation, 2015 NBA House, and USA Team Handball. SnapSports is an official FIBA Technical Partner and has been a proud partner of The Special Olympics, The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, The Volleyball Festival, Gus Macker 3X3, The Vanilla Ice Project, World Police & Fire Games and The National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championship to name a few. SnapSports surfaces are made in the USA and played on around the world.

SnapSports® Has Home Court Advantage During AAU’s Big Mountain Jam 2014

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Salt Lake City, the home of SnapSports® Athletic Surfaces, welcomes the Amateur Athletic Union’s (AAU) 2014 Big Mountain Jam! This three-day tournament, comprised of over 300 teams will, will be played on 28 SnapSports Indoor ShockTower® surfaces chosen for top ratings in performance and ease of installation. We are excited to be able to participate in an event right here in our own back yard.

“To partner with such a world class event hosted in our own backyard is an incredible opportunity; our team is looking forward to catching a great weekend of competitive basketball action.” – Jorgen Moller, CEO SnapSports

AAU, now in its 23rd year of tournament hosting, is recognized as one of the premier event operators in the country hosting over 40 tournaments a year. Big Mountain Jam continues to grow with teams traveling from Utah, Nevada, California, Idaho, Colorado and Canada

AAU tournaments are professional events that are fun and guaranteed safe for athletes of all ages. For the safest surface on the market, Big Mountain Jam chose SnapSports Indoor ShockTower®, the only modular surface with a shock absorption system built into the under-structure of the floor.

Athletes, coaches, and AAU Officials alike look forward to competing on the tournament surfacing and SnapSports is looking forward to being there for all the action!