Beaver school board to make turf decision
CALCUTTA — The Beaver Local school board has scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. today to choose a company to supply the artificial turf surface at the high school football field.
The choice is expected to be ForeverLawn Inc., which was started by brothers Brian and Dale Karmie, both Beaver Local graduates. They started ForeverLawn in 2004 in Albuquerque, N.M., before moving back to Ohio three years later. Dale Karmie said the Louisville, Ohio, company employs 12 Beaver Local graduates, including the sales manager.
Karmie told the newspaper earlier this week their SportsGrass artificial turf has “many unique features that work together to create the safest, performing surface available.”
ForeverLawn had sold and/or installed 31 million square feet of artificial turf over the past 16 years through over 60 dealers across the country.
“SportsGrass products are different than other products in the marketplace,” Karmie said. “Looking at the products or walking on our installed fields makes the superiority easily evident. “
FieldTurf was the other company asked by school officials to submit a proposal, and representatives from both companies made presentations at the board’s Feb. 10 meeting. Like FieldTurf, Karmie said ForeverLawn takes pride in how they continue to work with their customers long after the field is installed. “We don’t just sell and install the field, we take pride and ownership in it,” he said.
Officials toured four local fields installed by the companies — two each.
The money for the new field surface is coming from $1 million donated in January to the school district by two former Beaver Local football players — NFL player Derek Wolfe and businessman Jamin Pastore. Whatever is left over is to be applied toward construction of a multi-use sports training facility, with a community fundraising effort being launched to come up with the rest.