JELD-WEN Field’s FieldTurf Achieves FIFA 2-Star Certification for the Second Consecutive Year

One year after the initial certification, Portland’s JELD-WEN is one of only four fields in the United States to have been re-tested and pass FIFA 2-Star testing.

Portland, OR, March 30, 2012 --( JELD-WEN Field’s FieldTurf surface has now earned FIFA 2-Star recommended status – for the second consecutive year. One year after the initial installation and certification, JELD-WEN is one of only four fields in the United States to have been re-tested and pass FIFA 2-Star testing.

Home to Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers, JELD-WEN Field’s FieldTurf surface was installed in March 2011. This field has been designed specifically to mirror elite levels of playing characteristics for soccer. The FieldTurf system has gained recognition within the global soccer community for providing ideal levels of energy restitution, grass-like ball performance, and proper shock absorption.

The FIFA Recommended 2-Star designation is the highest synthetic turf rating from FIFA and is issued after a battery of tests are performed by a FIFA approved testing agent. FIFA final round competitions and top UEFA competitions have the FIFA Recommended 2-Star in their respective competition regulations.

“We continue to have what I believe to be the single-best artificial surface for pro soccer in the United States,” said Merritt Paulson, President of the Timbers.

“We are happy that JELD-WEN Field has received a FIFA 2-Star rating for the second consecutive year as it validates the level of quality and attention that goes into producing our fields,” said FieldTurf President Eric Daliere. “We also wish the Timbers and their fans the very best for what looks to be a promising 2012 season."

In addition to being the home of the Portland Timbers (MLS), the Portland State Vikings football team also calls JELD-WEN Field home. The venue also hosts a variety of sporting and non-sporting events, including various league playoffs and championships.

FieldTurf was the very first artificial surface to attain FIFA Recommended status due to its superior grass-like performance, which soccer players prefer. FieldTurf was the 1st artificial pitch to host a UEFA Cup Qualifying Round (Torpedo, Moscow); and the 1st to host a FIFA Soccer Tournament (Jeux de la Francophonie).

About FieldTurf
FieldTurf offers industry-leading engineering and manufacturing resources and leads the synthetic turf industry with regard to setting higher environmental standards. FieldTurf is the global market leader in terms of synthetic sports fields with more than 7000 fields installed. Additionally, FieldTurf has attained more than 25,000 satisfied customers in high quality pet, residential, commercial and municipal landscaping solutions, playground surfacing and has a complete range of golf and tennis products. FieldTurf synthetic turf customers enjoy the benefits of significantly reduced water consumption, the elimination of fertilizer and pesticides, superior durability and drainage and a product that looks and feels real.

FieldTurf is part of Tarkett Sports, a Division of the Tarkett Group. Tarkett Sports is the largest entity in the sports and landscape surfacing industries. Included within the Tarkett Sports portfolio is an impressive range of performance sports flooring products. This product range includes: synthetic and hardwood basketball; volleyball and gymnasium flooring; squash and racquetball courts; floor protection and covering systems; weight room flooring; and high performance indoor and outdoor running tracks, featuring Beynon and Atlas track surfaces. All Tarkett Sports surfaces are developed, produced and installed with a concentration on sustainability and a commitment to protecting the environment, providing additional LEED contribution opportunities for customers. The company calls this focus on sustainability and the environment "Environmental Intelligence" and all company personnel strive to exemplify this philosophy in all aspects of the business.

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Jason Smollett