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Grainger Everyday Heroes: Sports Flooring Director

6/30/20
Grainger Editorial Staff

Connor Sports has been around for a few years. We were found in 1872, so we're a little better than 140 years old. In fact we were making flooring before the game of basketball had even been invented. My name is Jason Gasperich, I'm the director of sustainability for Connor Sports, basketball courts primarily. We do a few other things racquetball courts, you know, aerobic areas but again primarily basketball.

We're gonna go into the flooring mill that's where we take all the rough sawn lumber that you see stacked up here behind us and we make flooring strips out of it about 27,000 square feet a day. We're going through a process where we sort the boards they're cut down to narrower widths to soothe the width of the flooring that we're manufacturing. A board moves through in a matter of minutes from start to finish. We manufacture about 27,000 square feet of flooring on an average day. A typical basketball court is gonna use about 6,000 square feet so it's pretty easy to say that on an average day a little better than four basketball courts are manufactured in that plant.

Our company is rare in the sense that we're a manufacturer that's a certified zero waste company where we're taking the knots and the defects in the boards and even the sawdust, and we're transporting it to a silo here on the plant property where we have large boilers that are fired by that product. And that steam is used to reheat the facility.

Every day brings something new and different that's exciting in itself because I don't know what this afternoon is gonna bring I don't know what tomorrow is going to bring. But one thing I can be sure of is that my day is always gonna bring the ability to to help someone or some group ensuring that those kids are going to school to have a, you know, have a safe place to play after school. It's ensuring that they have a facility that they can use to practice in, you know, the opportunities for scholarships. Yeah, so not only you know not only do we get to see our products used on TV in, you know, in games but we we have the ability to to help the community and to help communities all over the world. And that's really a great part of my job.

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