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THURSDAY - MAY 10th 2007


NSSI Receives Multiple Playground Surfacing Contracts from

Missouri DNR Grant Recipients


The National Safe Surfacing Initiative (NSSI) is pleased to announce today that it has received multiple purchase orders from Missouri schools to improve the safety and ADA compliance of their playground and fitness areas through the use of NSSI's DuroMat Extended Life® rubber playground safety tiles.


Recent playground improvement projects were made possible through the Missouri DNR's playground surfacing grants which are designed to showcase the value of recycled products made from Missouri scrap tires. The DuroMat playground safety tiles will be installed under the auspices of the "Missouri Playground Surfacing Program"; a partnership between NSSI and Missouri School Board Association (MSBA).


"We appreciate the vision and commitment of the Missouri DNR for providing a grant program that enables Missouri schools to purchase recycled products that better protect children and the environment," said Denise Bennett, NSSI Regional Manager in Macon Missouri. "Through the Missouri Playground Surfacing Program and our relationship with the MSBA, schools are becoming more aware of the critical need for quality playground surfacing that improves safety and accessibility to children of all abilities.  The DNR grants are a valuable tool to assist schools in getting started on such an important project."


"It's great that we have found yet another beneficial reuse for tires," said Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Doyle Childers, "By creating end markets for these materials, it is far easier to make sure they are managed in a manner beneficial to the environment."


Jim Cherrington, Associate Executive Director, MSBA added, "We are proud to be part of a project that includes multiple organizations working together to improve playground safety and provide maintenance savings for Missouri Schools.  The Missouri Playground Surfacing Program provides great benefits for Missouri school children and we believe this program is the future of playground safety solutions for Missouri schools."


The National Safe Surfacing Initiative provides a full portfolio of playground safety audits, inspections, designs, and certifications as well as DuroMat Extended Life® playground safety surfacing to bring playground surfacing into compliance with federal and state guidelines.  NSSI also provide unique financing and fund-raising solutions enabling communities, schools and child care centers to invest in safer playground surfaces while lowering maintenance costs and liability risks.


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