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Matrax 4 x 4 HD Protects Wrigley Field’s Plaza During Renovations

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College Park, MD – Matrax Inc., designer and manufacturer of Matrax 4 x 4 HD drivable composite mats provided over 15,000 square feet of matting to safeguard the pavers in the plaza area of Wrigley Field during the most recent phase of the multi-stage, $575 million renovation.

With the goal of ensuring the viability of the ballpark for future generations of Cubs fans, the extensive renovations began at the close of baseball season in 2014. Structural upgrades, improved player facilities, new fan amenities, outfield signage, two video boards, new premier clubs, expanded concessions and much more are included in the plans. Teams of construction crews are required to work within stringent schedules to complete work during the off season so the ballpark can be ready for opening day. Of key concern during this phase was ensuring no damage was inflicted on the structure or the grounds in and around the ballpark during the renovations.

Able to support heavy construction vehicles and easy to install and remove, the lightweight yet robust Matrax 4 x 4 HD mats provided the strength and support needed to protect the vulnerable hardscape in the plaza.  With a compression strength of 450 psi and a maximum wheel load of 300 psi, the mats are constructed of 100% HDPE and have load rating of 80,000 pound per square foot. Lightweight and designed with an integrated fastening technology, installation and removal is easy: there are no lose components and worker bending is minimized, contributing to a safe and efficient job site environment.

Matrax 4 x 4 HD flooring systems are custom designed for use in stadiums and other large-scale venues that need to accommodate vehicles such as cranes, tractor trailers, heavy equipment staging areas, and work platforms. Matrax has gained national as well as international distinction, appearing in venues including The National Mall in Washington, D.C., Yankee Stadium, MetLife Stadium, M&T Bank Stadium and Gillette Stadium. They have also been used internationally in Italy, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, Chile and Australia.

Matrax Inc. is a solution-based design, engineering, manufacturing and distribution company specializing in a range of products designed to facilitate pedestrian and vehicular access to temporary work sites with sensitive, unstable, unsuitable or soft subgrade conditions. Contact Nicole Andrews, Director of Global Sales at 202-957-2206 or visit us at to learn more.



Matrax Inc. Executive Nicole Andrews Named to SMA Board of Directors

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College Park, MD – Stadium Manager Association announced Nicole Andrews, Managing Director, Global Sales for Matrax Inc. has been named Corporate Director, effective February 8, 2018.

“I am honored to serve on the board of SMA,” said Andrews, “supporting its mission to provide vital industry resources to assist the stadium managers as well as to promote professional relationships and networking among stadium managers, league officials and industry suppliers.”

Ms. Andrews has strong relationships both domestically and internationally with major league facilities and prominent universities, including Petco Park, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Gillette Stadium, MetLife Stadium, EverBank Field and Duke University.

Ms. Andrews has previously served in leadership positions on the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) awards and membership committees and is the founder of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Sports Turf Managers Association (MASTMA).  She is also presently serving on SMA’s Women in Leadership (WIL) committee.

About Matrax

Matrax is a solution-based design, engineering, manufacturing and distribution company specializing in a range of products designed to facilitate pedestrian and vehicular access into temporary work sites with sensitive, unstable, unsuitable or soft subgrade conditions.

Matrax has become the system of choice for notable sports venues, including: Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, M&T Bank Stadium, FedEx Field, Nationals Park and on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Matrax Reaches Europe with Driveable Composite Mats

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Matrax Inc. recently attended the Sports Amenities Landscaping Trade Exhibition (SALTEX) in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

The convention is widely attended by professionals in the event flooring and landscaping marketplace. Matrax showcased pedestrian grade and drivable flooring solutions, which account for two major products in stadium event planning.

As an industry leader in turf protection event flooring and pedestrian walkways, Matrax was represented by its Managing Director of Globals Sales, Nicole Andrews. She discusses the key differentiators of heavy duty and light duty flooring, as well as Matrax’s robust locking system across all mats.

The event was Matrax’s most recent effort for expansion/ awareness in Europe. With distributors and rental partners in Italy, Switzerland, and Australia, Matrax is moving forward to find end users in the United Kingdom and internationally. Widely recognized as one of the most durable composite mat solutions in the United States for more than ten years, Matrax is making efforts to create the same impression worldwide.

Matrax’s number of international distributors continues to grow, making it an accessible solution for all stadiums. To learn more about what Matrax can provide for your next event, contact us or watch the complete SALTEX interview here:

MetLife Stadium Wins Coveted Venue of the Year Award in Dublin

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Metlife Stadium Turf ProtectionMetLife Stadium was just named “Venue of the Year” at the 8th annual The Stadium Business Awards in Croke Park, Dublin.

The Venue of the Year award is not easily attainable. It is awarded to the world’s best stadium, arena or sports venue, based on outstanding performance over a 12 month period. Past winners include Staples Center and Mercedes Benz Superdome. This year’s finalists included France’s Parc Olympique Lyonnais and Turkey’s Vodafone Arena.

Although MetLife Stadium’s operations are considered excellent every year, 2016 was even more impressive. As the home of the New York Giants and Jets, and the host of Super Bowl XLVIII, the stadium just had its busiest year since opening in 2010.

In 2016, the stadium hit a record of 41 major non-NFL events, 210 special events that drew nearly 3 million fans, and 11 concerts (more than any other stadium in the United States).

To host 61 major events successfully in one year, MetLife Stadium had to achieve a high level of efficiency and coordination. This was clearly demonstrated when they completed a full changeover from Jets to Giants in less than nine hours, with the additional challenge of a snowstorm.

Due to their hard work, MetLife Stadium has won other awards over the past year:

  • “Top Stop of the Year” by Venues Today
  • “#1 Stadium in the World” by Billboard magazine for the fifth straight year

Concert Event Flooring

How Matrax Helped MetLife Stadium Become Venue of the Year

MetLife Stadium needed a superior temporary flooring system to handle the challenges associated with hosting a variety of non-football events each year. The composite flooring system they required had to meet the following qualifications:

  • Quick, easy installment and removal
  • Effective protection and preservation of the synthetic turf or natural grass underneath
  • Support for heavy-duty vehicles to safely drive on and over the turf

When MetLife Stadium tried out other field covering systems, none of them met their expectations. In the past, the trailers had to be unloaded in the parking lot and the components of the stage (for concerts) shuttled in on smaller lighter duty vehicles. This was costly and slowed down the event transition process.

We introduced MetLife Stadium to our turnkey temporary flooring system and they have been using it ever since. Our system, featuring our 4×4 Composite Mats, provided MetLife Stadium with a solution for all of their challenges. Our composite turf protection system excels at the following:

  • Protecting synthetic field turf and promoting natural grass growth for up to 14 days
  • Providing easy installation, storage, and transportation
  • Supporting heavy vehicular traffic during the construction of stages and lighting systems

Matrax used a 4-man crew to install MetLife Stadium’s field covering system at a rate of 100,000 square feet in 8 hours. Once the crew finished installing the field covering system, they conducted vehicular load testing before turning the project over to the stadium’s crew to begin construction for the event.

Our composite turf protection system has been used at other popular venues, including the National Mall in Washington DC, M&T Bank Stadium, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, and Gillette Stadium. It has also been used internationally in Italy, Japan, Canada and the UK.

We are so proud of the MetLife Stadium team for winning this award and we feel honored to have been a small part of it.

Matrax Expands Turf Protection System Capabilities

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College Park, MD – Matrax Inc., the industry leader in heavy duty, “closed-back” drivable turf protection is proud to introduce the Matrax 4×4 LD (light duty) pedestrian grade turf preservation panel.

Similar to the Matrax 4×4 HD (heavy duty) mat, the Matrax 4×4 LD (light duty) utilizes a vertical pre-installed cam system with 4-inch overlapping flanges to interlock individual panels to one another, creating a rigid, contiguous surface that is lightweight and free from trip hazards. At 30.5 lbs. per panel, its “open-back” geometry, combined with its unique air hole “breathable” design provides a preservation solution that Turf Managers around the country have been seeking.

Composite Mat Installation EfficienciesMatrax 4x4 LD


In addition, four (4) panels can remain locked together thereby increasing the critically important speed of installation and removal. The LD and HD panels are uniform in height and can be locked to one another in any combination, requiring no special transition pieces or extraneous joints. The fully integrated and seamless Matrax LD and HD system venue operators, entertainment companies, music industry professionals, and tent and event catering companies with complete flexibility and extreme versatility without compromising or sacrificing field performance.

In a world where “fan experience” is paramount, Matrax recognizes that its product offerings must afford sports complexes and outdoor venues complete flexibility when covering their fields for the purpose of hosting financially lucrative outdoor concerts, festivals, hockey games, ski jumping (Big Air at Fenway Park), commencements, and other non-sporting on-field events.

Matrax 4×4 LD Features:
Matrax Mat Integration System

  • Translucent composition promotes photosynthesis
  • Vertical locking system with reinforced structural ribbing
  • Virgin high-density polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Aeration holes to allow additional light, oxygen, and water drainage
  • 100% pedestrian friendly & ADA compliant
  • 30 lbs. per panel – pre-installed nylon cam locking system
  • 16,000 SF per truckload
  • 100% recyclable
  • Made in the USA

Matrax has become the system of choice by many industry professionals and has been successfully installed at notable venues including: Gillette Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, M&T Bank Stadium, MetLife Stadium, FedEx Field, Nationals Park and on the National Mall in Washington, DC. It has also been used internationally throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Matrax Provides Wheelchair Beach Access For Children

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Parents of disabled children have had a difficult time in New Jersey showing their children the beauty of the beach due to the lack of wheelchair accessibility. 

Jessica Krill, a Seaside Park New Jersey mom, has been struggling for years with the lack of handicap accessibility for her two children with special needs.

This June, Krill focused specifically on campaigning to improve the accessibility of Seaside Park beaches. Currently, wheelchair access ends at the dune line.  Thus, handicapped individuals were limited to either using a specific type of wheelchair or have a third party carry them.

Krill believes families with disabilities should have equal opportunity to enjoy the beach.  This conviction inspired her to organize a grassroots non-profit “Beach Days for All” with Chris Aldrich, an Ocean County Fire Coordinator, to convert all New Jersey beaches to full accessibility.

Matrax Co-founder Joe Wright immediately saw an opportunity to support this initiative and offer a solution with the Matrax 4×4 ADA compliant accessibility mats. Once installed, the matting system will extend 75 feet toward the water and branch out into t-shaped offshoots extending an additional 50 feet to create wheelchair access directly up to the ocean.

Matrax donates 4 x 4 mates to Beach Days for All

We are pleased to be able to donate our time and the accessibility mats to Beach Days for All. The system will help to ensure anyone with physical disabilities has the opportunity to visit the beach.

NJ Borough Administrator Bob Martucci checked to see if the Matrax covers were suitable for a play sand texture. He was impressed with what he found.

“It’s a nylon type of material. It’s made like diamond plate and it hooks together. And it’s very solid. We drove an 8-ton loader over it five times and it didn’t budge” He said. “It held the contour of the beach beautifully. If you look at it right now it almost looks like a little ski slope … [They are] a great group to work with and obviously they got a heart. To donate this kind of product to trial on a beach like this is a great thing.”

The Beach Days for All initiative continues to see great progress.  The Seaside Park Council recently approved a fully handicap-accessible beach at North Avenue in Krill’s home town.

Beach Days for All also received five donated beach wheelchairs and five reclining wheelchairs. Another donor has volunteered to supply 15 more wheelchairs and Krill intends to make these wheelchairs available to families daily.

Handicap accessible 4 x 4 composite mats

Krill believes the Matrax 4×4 mats are “the product to have” if towns are considering a similar program to make their beaches handicap accessible to all and adds  “I could not have done this without Matrax. Words will never be enough.”  Matrax is humbled and honored to be in a unique position to support this initiative and give back to the community.

Are you interested in learning more about Matrax temporary site access solutions? Feel free to contact us here or give us a call at 855-403-1077.

Our Turf Protection System Makes Arena Sports Transitions Easy

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BMO Field Transitions: Soccer to Football

Managed by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, BMO Field was originally constructed in 2007 as a soccer-specific stadium, serving as the home field for Toronto FC, the first Canadian expansion team of Major League Soccer.
Matrax Helps Make Transition From Soccer to Football at BMO Field in Toronto

From 2014 to 2016, the stadium underwent a series of major renovations, which added an upper deck to the east grandstand, a roof over the seating areas and lengthened the field to make it suitable for hosting Canadian football. The latter allowed for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League to move to BMO Field beginning with the 2016 CFL season.

Toronto FC head groundskeeper Robert Heggie was tasked with finding the most efficient solution to transition from a soccer field to a football field.

In preparation for this transition, a new Kentucky bluegrass turf field was installed, the third to grace BMO Field since artificial turf was removed in 2010. The CFL end zones, however, remain artificial turf and are covered during soccer games by rows of temporary seats at each end.

BMO Field Toronto Transition

Given this heavy equipment configuration, it was determined that approximately 24,000 square feet of our drivable turf protection was needed for the end zone areas in which the temporary stadium seating, VIP guests, forklifts, vendor stands, and additional traffic would need to traverse the sensitive turf. BMO Field contacted Matrax looking for an efficient solution.

The Matrax 4×4 turf protection system offers the best in drivability and the size and weight of the pieces allow for a fast and easy installation which accommodates the quick turnaround times needed between games. Matrax’s Canadian distributor, Gallo Ground Solutions, managed multiple installations of the system. On average, installation included one 8-hour shift to install 1500+ mats at two separate locations. Setups would sometimes occur immediately following an evening football game and proceed into the following morning to ensure stadium seating could be positioned prior to the proceeding soccer game, to take place a mere 24 hours later. When asked about field performance, JJ Gallo responds, “The Matrax system was easy to install, utilizing a small amount of equipment and requiring smaller crews as opposed to other options.” The Matrax system will also support the NHL Winter Classic at BMO Field in 2017.

In need of turf protection mats? Call Matrax at 855-575-7512 or get in contact with Matrax today!

Ground Protection Mats for Aurora Solar Project

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Site Access For Aurora Solar

In May 2016 Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGPNA) began construction of the Aurora solar project, a 150 MWdc utility-scale distributed photovoltaic (PV) solar field in Minnesota.
Matrax Begins Construction for Aurora Solar Project

As the first Minnesota solar project to win a technology neutral competitive solicitation, Aurora marks a significant milestone for the renewables industry. The project features a distributed solar design that consists of the installation of 16 small-scale solar PV sites, which deliver a range of benefits, including a reduction in line loss, elimination of transmission costs and geographic diversification of generation assets.

In August, Matrax was contacted by the contractor for temporary road mats to be a solution for construction vehicles to access the site. At this time, the monthly total rainfall was above normal for most places in the state. Many climate observers reported total monthly rainfall that was 2-3 times normal, and on a statewide basis it was the 3rd wettest August in history and wettest since 1980. Severe weather plagued the state during the month on several occasions. The delays caused by the weather were directly related to soft site conditions that hindered contractor’s access to the project. Time sensitive funding based on completion of the project before the end of 2016 was in jeopardy as a result of the delays.

When first contacted about the project, it was obvious that the priority challenge was the ability to respond quickly being that the contractor was already behind schedule due to the severe weather. Matrax was able to mobilize the crews, material, and equipment necessary in less than 5 business days. Once on site, Matrax project management collaborated with the contractor to develop a work plan. The project had 16 individual sites spread out over a 100 mile radius adding to the challenge. Each sites spread out over a 100 mile radius adding to the challenge. Each site was at a different point in the construction process and the need for access was more critical in some areas than others.

Is your construction site in need of temporary road mats? Give Matrax a call at 855-575-7512 or get a Free Quote!

Matrax Begins Construction for Aurora Solar Project 2

Through close coordination with the prime contractor, Matrax deployed resources throughout the project to get it back on track. The project rapidly evolved into 16 smaller jobs requiring a higher level of project management than if it was one contiguous site. The project also required that all materials leaving the site be cleaned to avoid the spread of vegetation to other sites. It was clear that this process would need to be completed in the winter months making cleaning more of a challenge. Matrax developed a cleaning protocol and process that was approved by the Environmental oversight on the project, including heated pressure washers and water tanks. These efforts allowed for continued operations even during below freezing temperatures to meet the demands of the construction schedule.

The Aurora solar project was designed to meet the needs of the local communities boasting a robust vegetation plan that will deliver significant benefits to the local native habitat and help promote pollination and the preservation of farmable soils and land. The Matrax “throw and go” HDPE access mat along with their innovative yet practical approach to installation and removal ensured that the needs of the community were met. The use of temporary access matting was critical to achieving the goals of the project’s vegetation plan as it minimized soil compaction leaving the areas in a more natural state. Furthermore, these less compacted soils are then more conducive to the regrowth of the natural habitat.

Once complete, the project is expected to generate over 210 million kWh annually – equivalent to the energy consumption needs of over 17,000 U.S. households – while avoiding the emission of over 150,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. The power generated from the Aurora solar project will be sold under a bundled, long-term power purchase agreements with Minnesota based utility, Xcel Energy.

Construction of the Aurora solar project required an overall investment of approximately $290 million and the project is expected to be online by the end of 2016. Once complete, Aurora will be the largest solar asset in EGP-NA’s portfolio.

Golf Course Grass Protection at the 98th PGA Championship

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In July 2016, the 98th PGA Championship took Matrax Inc - Golf Course Grass Protectionplace at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield Township, New Jersey, west of New York City. The Baltusrol Golf Club is a private 36-hole golf club founded in in 1985, featuring both a lower and upper course of 18-holes each. As this was the club’s ninth major and second PGA Championship event, a turf protection site access solution was an early priority in the logistical planning. Continue reading “Golf Course Grass Protection at the 98th PGA Championship” »

Matrax Florida Operating Yard

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Matrax Inc. has multiple operating storage yards, offices, and manufacturing plants across the US to meet the demands of any project. One of our most used yards is our Florida yard as it not only does it have a large fleet but it is the base for our installation crew.

The Matrax Florida operating yard is no exception and comes fully equipped to respond to your temporary site access challenges with a full fleet of 3-ply timber access mats, swamp mats, crane mats, interlocking composite mats, and roll-formed steel mats. Continue reading “Matrax Florida Operating Yard” »

EverBank Field Renovation

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Home Of The Jacksonville Jaguars

In December 2015, Matrax Inc. was contacted by the General Contractor that was in the process of providing a $90M renovation to EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. A significant component of the project consisted of retrofitting the US Assure Club sections on the east and west side of the stadium. This included the removal and replacement of heavy sections of precast concrete.

Heavy Equipment Mats Used at EverBank Field for Renovation

In order to complete the work, a Manitowoc 2250 Series 3 heavy lift crawler crane, weighing approximately 350,000 lbs. was needed to lift the sections of concrete onto 48’ flatbed trucks. The cranes and flatbed trucks had to access specific work areas inside the stadium on the field. The challenge was to cover the field with a material that would provide heavy vehicular access, concentrated loading and protect the shallow irrigation system just below the playing surface. EverBank’s Sports Field and Grounds Manager, Mark Clay, along with the General Contractor, Brasfield and Gorrie were collectively tasked with identifying a solution that would satisfy the conditions described. Continue reading “EverBank Field Renovation” »

Gillette Stadium Acquires Turnkey Turf Protection System

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Gillette Stadium SmallGillette Stadium, proud home of the New England Patriots, New England Revolution and University of Massachusetts Amherst Football, recently acquired a turnkey outdoor drivable field cover from Matrax, Inc. to protect the synthetic turf during nonfootball events. Billboard magazine ranked Gillette Stadium among the top 10 venues in the world over the last decade.

Grass Turf ProtectionThe stadium hosts a variety of other marquee events, including international soccer matches, NCAA championships, Feld Motor Sports Monster Jam truck shows and Supercross. Additionally, the largest international musical acts in the United States annually play sold-out shows inside the venue each summer. Among the many artists to have recently taken the stage at Gillette Stadium are: Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, AC/ DC, Jay-Z and Beyonce, One Direction, Bruce Springsteen and U2. Continue reading “Gillette Stadium Acquires Turnkey Turf Protection System” »

Matrax Turf Protection System at Fenway Park

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Reaching New Heights

Baseball Stadium Turf ProtectionIn February 2016 the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association brought the U.S. Grand Prix tour to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Fenway Park has been host to many other notable events including, but not limited to, the NHL Winter Classic, soccer matches and countless concerts from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones and the Dave Matthews Band. Polartec Big Air at Fenway, sanctioned as an International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup for both freeskiing and snowboarding, was the third Big Air stop on the FIS Snowboard World Cup tour and the second stop on the U.S. Grand Prix tour. The competition brought together the top 40 men and top 20 women freeskiers and snowboarders from around the world, including World Cup champions and medalists from the Olympics and X Games competitions.

Snow Ramp Rivals The Green Monster

Ballpark Turf Protection by MatraxThe 104 year-old iconic ballpark held the big air skiing competition, and with it, a 140- foot tall, 400-ton snow ramp – three times the height of the walls of Fenway’s Green Monster. The ramp height was designed to allow big-air snowboarders and skiers enough running room to build up momentum to complete mid-air jumps and tricks. Using proprietary scaffolding, the ramp ran for 338 feet from the outfield to Fenway’s home plate. The ramp was equipped with both stairs as well as an elevator to get the skiers and snowboarders up to the top. The ramp build took 10 days and the construction team averaged around 30 climbers and 10 ground staff for the build. Both the structure itself and the distribution of weight across that whole baseball field had to be considered when designing the stage.

Understanding The Potential for Turf Damage

Interlocking Turf Protection for Heavy LoadsGiven the complexity of the ski event, ballpark officials engaged professional field protection consultant, Mike Zorena. Understanding the potential for turf damage caused by the exceptionally heavy equipment, Mike recognized the need for a high-performance stadium turf protection system. Having been a Matrax rental partner for a number of years already, the solution was clear to use his existing fleet of Matrax 4×4 composite mats for this project. Coming in at 80,000 pounds per square foot (450 psi) of load-bearing capacity, approximately 88,000 square feet of Matrax turf protection mats were installed to protect the field and safely support the snow ramp.

What Makes The Matrax Turf Protection System Unique

Molded pegs on the lower lips and corresponding sockets on the upper lips transfer lateral loads between individual panels in all directions and function as an aligning mechanism for the panels during installation. In addition, the overlapping and interlocking components of these composite mats are engineered and manufactured with tolerances designed to allow thermal expansion and contraction to occur without any interference between the panels thereby eliminating buckling and uneven surfaces. Another feature unique to these composite mats is the design, which has a translucent composition that allows for photosynthesis, thus promoting natural grass growth for a proven period of up to 10 days. Since its inception in 2010, Matrax has gained national as well as international distinction for its outstanding stadium turf protection system; appearing in venues including Yankee Stadium, MetLife Stadium, M&T Bank Stadium, Gillette Stadium and the National Mall in Washington DC. Matrax is also apparent in several international markets including Japan, Italy, Chile, the UK, and Canada.

Site Access for Hydroelectric Dam

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Supporting Dam Safety Engineers in Conestoga, PA

Matrax, Inc. was contacted by dam safety engineers to provide a 50’ foot temporary bridge over a section of asphalt roadway to the concrete deck of a hydroelectric dam that had undergone settlement and was deemed unsuitable for heavy vehicular traffic.

The primary purpose of this 50’ foot temporary bridge is to allow a 54 ton crane safe access to the dam over the next several months to retrieve transformers and other equipment scheduled for repair. The 50’ foot long “hinge” bridge was delivered and installed in approximately one hour.

Transition ramps were later placed on each end of the bridge by a local contractor to provide a smooth transition up on and down from the bridge for the crane.

Matrax 50 foot Temporary Hinge Bridge

Interested in more information about our temporary bridges or modular floating work platforms? Click the above links or click here contact one of our sales representatives.

Site Access Over Ruxton Creek

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Modular Bridge Helps Support the Residents of Manitou Springs, Colorado

Local Bridge Replacement
Matrax Inc. worked with City of Manitou Spring officials to re-establish a residential access road for community residents using a 55’ long modular bridge.

Flooding from excessive rainfall over the past few years had resulted in degradation of an earthen culvert system spanning Ruxton Creek. This resulted in the local officials to deemed the road unsafe for vehicular traffic.  They decided to look into other options to allow local traffic to continue in this area. That is why they decided to use a 55′ long modular bridge as as an access road.

Washout Road Access Bridge

The HS25 capacity modular steel bridge was fabricated in 4 weeks, shipped to the site on a flatbed truck, lifted in place by a small crane, and ready to serve local traffic in a matter of hours.

Matrax Washout Road Replacement Bridge

These are the types of modular bridges that the Matrax team can build, ship and help properly get into place for local municipalities.  If your city or state is looking for a bridge supplier contact Matrax Inc. to see if we can help.

Matrax Road Repair Access Bridge

Technical Analysis of Turf Protection Systems

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Turf protection is key to any successful outdoor event. To the casual observer, the turf upon which stages and platforms are built, pedestrians walk and vehicles traverse is likely of
the least concern. The event is the draw and the turf is just there; neither noteworthy nor special. But to owners of the turf, it is everything and the condition of the turf is likely the very reason why the events occur there in the first place.

Upon scouting for a site an event organizer has many logistical concerns but one at the top of the list is the very ground upon which everything will happen. Will the ground be stable, will it turn to mud if it rains, will it handle vehicles, stages and staging areas, intense pedestrian and vehicular traffic and will it be the last thing anyone talks about? After all, the attendees came for the event and the satisfaction gained from attending the event.

The organizers do not want the topic of conversation to be about poor access and poor/ muddy/wet ground conditions that may have sullied the attendee’s experiences and the owners do not want a hefty post-event price tag to restore the turf. Continue reading “Technical Analysis of Turf Protection Systems” »

Site Access Over Seneca Creek

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In 2011, the Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission released a 5-year IDIQ contract for sewer line rehabilitation within environmentally sensitive areas that includes stream restoration work.  Under this contract, WSSC anticipates rehabilitating more than 40% of the sewer mainline and manhole assets identified in the Broad Creek Basin by utilizing trenchless technologies such as grouting.  Projects have involved pipe bursting, open cut sewer pipe and sewer manhole replacement as well as stream restoration activities requiring ground disturbance, including the construction of temporary access roads.

Site Access over Seneca Creek - Matrax Inc V2 Continue reading “Site Access Over Seneca Creek” »

Peak Performance: Moving mountains with new education, new connections, and new innovations at STMA

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Nicole Andrews at STMA 26th Annual Conference & Exhibition

Denver, Colorado, January 16, 2015:  Matrax Co-Founders Joe Wright and Dave Buddemeyer, along with National Sales Manager, Nicole Andrews, joined 1205 attendees and 169 exhibitors, representing 9 different countries to include Canada, France, China, Italy, Israel, Mexico, Japan, Spain, and the UK for Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) 26th Annual Conference & Exhibition hosted at what is fondly referred to as the Centennial State.  Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is one of America’s most unique travel destinations with a myriad of neighborhoods that feature a cuisine, attraction, or interest for every taste.

STMA was officially formed in 1981 with the belief that sports turf could be improved through the sharing of knowledge and the exchange of ideas.  STMA advances professionalism in sports field management and safety through education, awareness programs, and industry development.  STMA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition allows members to share information with other successful members of the sports turf industry.  In addition to the educational seminars, hand-on workshop and the latest technology on display, conference attendees are able to tour professional college and municipal facilities that offer a range of insights to take back home.  Professionals can also earn up to 1.5 CEUS through STMA.

To kick off the week’s events, keynote speaker Karl Mecklenburg, former Denver Broncos Captain and All-Pro Linebacker, addressed the members over lunch about the lessons life in the NFL taught him and his “Six Keys to Success” – teamwork, courage, dedication, desire, honesty and forgiveness, and goal setting.  Karl rose from being a college walk-on and a twelfth round draft pick to a pro career that included six Pro Bowl and three Super Bowl appearances.

The optional full day seminar on wheels tour allowed members the opportunity to roam the fields of University of Colorado – Boulder, J5 Equestrian, Infinity Park, Lakewood Memorial Field, and Sports Authority Field at Mile.  Participants were also given opportunities to engage with the groundkeepers and grounds foreman to ask technical questions such as turf installation, cold weather methods, and irrigation systems.  A subsequent half day tour included visits to the infamous Dick Sporting Goods Park and Coors Field.


Dick Sporting Goods Park

A variety of notable educational seminars were provided throughout the week.  Matrax took special interest in “3 Keys to Managing High Traffic Turf” as presented by Michael Stachowicz of the National Park Service – National Mall and Memorial Parks.  With over 25 million visitors annually and over 1,100 permitted events, Stachowicz stressed the importance of state of the art athletic field infrastructure, modern agronomy programs, and event management techniques as essential for turf survival on the Mall.  Matrax was referenced as one of only a few pre-approved turf protection systems permitted for use on the National Mall.  In fact, Matrax was part of a technical study conducted by Virginia Tech on behalf of the National Park Service, the results of which proved Matrax outperformed the competition.

Of similar interest to Matrax was Luke Yoder’s seminar on “How to Successfully Execute More Special Events on Your Field.” 23 Yoder expressed a startling fact that Petco Park has more non-sporting on-field events than actual San Diego Padre baseball games, averaging 100+ events per year vs. 80 games per year.  Yoder went on to describe the challenges associated with this volume of pedestrian and heavy equipment traffic and ways to adapt while still maintaining a  high quality natural grass and dirt playing field.  Yoder suggested, in his experience, that a closed-back matting system (such as the Matrax 4×4 Composite) appears to perform better, eliminating the “greenhouse affect” that comes with the traditional open-back system.

The conference concluded on Friday, January 16, with a reception, live auction, and awards banquet in the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center.  STMA bestowed Founders Awards to four members to commemorate significant contributions to the profession. Recipients included:

  • Dick Ericson Award: Tony Leonard, Philadelphia Eagles
  • George Toma Award: Mike Albino, Ballard Sports
  • William H. Daniel Award: Brian Scott, Mt. San Antonio College
  • Harry C. Gill Award: Dr. Andrew McNitt, Penn State

Allen Junction 345-kV Transmission Line Site Access

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American Transmission Systems Inc. (ATSI) has installed nearly 50 miles of new 345-kV transmission line in northwest Ohio to mitigate the effects of generation retirements and to address bulk transmission system contingencies. On Sept. 26, the FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) subsidiary filed a letter of notification (LON) with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) proposing to install 48 miles of new line on the open arm of the existing Allen Junction-Midway-Lemoyne line.

The line runs from the existing Allen station through the Fulton, Midway, and Dowling substations to an area near the Troy station and finally to the Lemoyne station. In addition to the installation of the transmission line conductors in the open arm position on the steel lattice towers, the company will install three separate locations of additional transmission structures, according to the LON.

PAR Electric, contracted with Matrax Inc. to provide over one (1) million square feet of temporary roads, pull pads, guard sites and temporary bridges. The project had an accelerated schedule that was fast-tracked over a compressed time period. Matrax had to coordinate with Par Electric road building crews, land owners, the line contractor, the civil engineers assigned to the project, and local regulatory agencies in a unified effort to satisfy all the requirements of the project.

Matrax utilized a combination of 8×14 3 ply timber mats, crane mats and Matrax Strong Plank to create competent working surfaces for bucket trucks, dump trucks, helicopters and various work vehicles through agriculture land, wetlands, stream crossings and flood plains. The work was completed over a 12 week period on time and under budget.

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Matrax Strong Plank Access Mat: Liner Protection

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Strong and Resilient

Anti Skid Work Surface

Founded in 1989, Hilcorp Energy is the third largest, privately-held independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company in the United States.  Protecting the environment is a top priority.

In 2014, Hilcorp engaged Matrax to provide a liner protection and containment alternative for multiple well sites in the Utica shale formation in northwest Pennsylvania.  Previously, Hilcorp had been utilizing a composite mat of which performance was not meeting expectations, to include consistent and costly damage during routine use.  After consulting with Hilcorp to understand their challenges in greater detail, Matrax determined that the existing composite product was not robust enough to support the application and the Matrax Strong Plank Access Mat was recommended as a more durable alternative.

Measuring approximately 8’ x 14’ x 2” thick, the Matrax Strong Plank Access Mat offers a lightweight, strong, and resilient alternative while also being easy to maintain.  Weighing 13.95 lbs per square foot, Matrax Strong Plank offers a pitted, anti-skid work service with a patented profile of continuous roll formed 65 KSI steel.

In addition to offering a high performance product that can be easily transported from one well site to the next, Matrax created a continuous and flexible contracting vehicle for Hilcorp to alleviate fleet management issues they were experiencing with other suppliers.   When asked for product performance feedback, Hilcorp’s Matt Wood replied, “Matrax continues to meet and exceed our expectations.”

Matrax’s unique business practice of consulting with the client to gain a better understanding of both the technical and operational challenges allowed for the provision of a catered solution for Hilcorp and endorsement of the Matrax motto: “One Size Does Not Fit All.”

Matrax Strong Plank Specs

  • Standard  Size: 7.21’ x 14.42’ x 1.94” Thick
  • 104 ft2  of Usable Surface
  • Approximate Weight: 13.95 lbs. per square foot = 1,450 lbs. per mat
  • 30 Mats Per Truckload or 3,224 SF per Truckload
  • Durable and Long Lasting : 15 to 20 Years
  • Patented profile, roll formed 65 KSI steel
  • Deflects less than .01” with a load of 450 psi centered on a simple 40” span
  • Embossed Anti-skid Self Weathering Steel Work Surface
  • Underside – Corrugated underside to “grip” the subgrade and prevent sliding
  • Simple Link and Coupler Connection System

40 Inch Diameter Composite Outrigger Pad

Matrax 4×4 Composite Under Extreme Weather Conditions

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Matrax, Inc. is a solution-based design, engineering, manufacturing and distribution company specializing in a range of event flooring and construction matting products including plastic, timber and steel. Matrax’s products and the expertise of our personnel have been utilized domestically and internationally in the special event, construction, power transmission, mining and energy exploration industries in a variety of applications that have included warehouse flooring, natural and artificial turf protection, construction of access roads over soft or environmentally sensitive ground and spill containment liner protection.

High density Polyethylene (HDPE) Properties

When a thermoplastic matting system is chosen as the best solution for a project it is important to consider the effects extreme environmental conditions will have on the system’s performance. All thermoplastic materials will soften when exposed to high heat and will become brittle when the temperature is cold to varying degrees depending on the type of thermoplastic. High Density Polyethylene (HPDE) is a thermoplastic in the polyethylene family, made from petroleum, and is known for its high strength to density ratio. The density of HPDE can range between 0.93 to 0.97 grams per cubic centimeter. Although having a density only slightly higher than low-density polyethylene (LDPE), HPDE has stronger intermolecular forces and tensile strength than LDPE. HPDE can also withstand higher temperatures (120oC/248oF for short periods, 110oC/230oF continuously). HDPE maintains its physical properties over a wider range of temperatures than other thermoplastic materials making it the first choice for manufacturing the Matrax plastic matting system for most applications.

Advantages of Matrax’s HDPE Composite Construction Mats

Without modifications, on the high temperature end the HDPE will soften and lose its strength around 230°F and on the low end become brittle as the temperature approaches it’s “glass” transition temperature of -80oC (-112oF). The load bearing capacity and resistance to cracking will vary throughout this temperature range as it becomes softer at high temperatures and less ductile or brittle at lower temperatures. A primary attribute important to the end-user is the behavior of the composite matting system as temperatures vary. In other words, daily temperature swings at a specific site or overall temperature extremes based on the physical location of a project will have an effect on the matting system’s performance.

Daily temperature swings cause expansion and contraction of the HPDE. Matrax products are designed with a unique “shiplap” connection that incorporates the expansion/contraction of the panel within the useable range without buckling, warping, disconnecting or otherwise suffering degradation and loss of or a reduction in use or serviceability. Extremely hot or cold job locations can pose a challenge to the load carrying characteristics of the system. Matrax uses additives to formulate the best possible material for each location.

Matrax products are designed to withstand a wide range of environmental conditions including variations in temperature, strong winds, variable moisture conditions, and chemical spillage. Our products are also durable and can serve as temporary flooring that can easily hold palletized freight and permit the safe movement of fork lifts without buckling, bowing, or cracking. Other applications include temporary ground covers to reduce turf disturbance, temporary access/ construction roads, and temporary construction platforms replacing concrete; an expensive alternative to place and remove.

Two recent plastic matting applications presented challenging tests of our products in extreme conditions. In both cases Matrax demonstrated the flexibility of our products’ design and application in responding to the needs of our customers. Matrax products are designed and engineered for harsh conditions and we can guide customers in the selection of the correct product for each specific application.

Case Study 1: Use of Matrax’s Composite flooring in Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

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Puerto Chacabuco prior to Matrax® system installation

Matrax worked with the Chilean port of Puerto Chacabuco to upgrade the existing infrastructure by installing our plastic matting system as part of a modernization of its port facilities in accordance with the National Fishing Services of Chile (known as “SERNAPESCA”). Puerto Chacabuco is the main port of the region and is used extensively by the local fish farming industry. The requirements of the Matrax matting used in this application were that it be non-porous, capable of handling vehicles, have the ability to withstand high levels of moisture (Puerto Chacabuco receives an average of 108 inches [2741 mm] of precipitation per year occurring on an average of 172 days) as well as temperatures, on average, ranging between a high of 93oF (33.9 oC) and a low of 18oF (-7.8oC), and strong winds reaching gale force during the winter months of July and August.

The challenge faced by Port Chacabuco was that the fish farming industry that utilizes the docks for loading and unloading its product and supplies was experiencing a recurrence of harmful parasites and contaminants that adversely affected their productivity. Attempts were made to address the issue by decontaminating the equipment through a cleaning process on the docks. The problem was that the some contaminants were being washed back into the sea but an undesirable concentration of these parasites and contaminants remained in the porous wood from which the docks were constructed. It became impossible to eliminate the issue. The Matrax plastic matting system was used in conjunction with a liner and water treatment process to solve the problem. A plastic liner material was used to cover the docks allowing for all the contaminated wash water to be recovered while restricting the contaminants from reaching the wood structure below. The Matrax system was placed over a liner to allow for a variety of operations to continue on top of the liner without compromising it while also providing a nonporous surface that could be completely decontaminated.


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Puerto Chacabuco with Matrax 4×4 Composite matting system

With the successful completion of a yearlong test of the Matrax matting system installation, Puerto Chacabuco is now in compliance with regulatory legislation that took effect the same day as the National Fishing Services of Chile approved the project. Puerto Chacabuco was awarded the official “Biosafety Certification” and the facilities are now being used regularly. The Matrax plastic matting solution has become the new standard for facilities in Chile trying to achieve certification under the new legislation.

Case Study 2: Use of Matrax’s Equipment and Matting in Alberta, Canada

In contrast to the Chilean project conditions, Matrax worked with its partner, Tegra Structures, to supply Suncor Energy with the same Matrax matting system as a solution for flooring requirements in temporary fabric buildings to be used for warehousing. This project, located in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada is in the harsh climate of northwestern Canada which created challenges for Matrax and our design and engineering group.

In 1967 Suncor Energy pioneered commercial development of Canada’s oil sands, one of the largest petroleum resource basins in the world. Suncor extracts and upgrades oil sands into high-quality, refinery-ready crude oil products and diesel fuel. The refined Suncor products are marketed through more than 1,450 retail outlets throughout Canada. Suncor explores for, develops, and produces conventional oil and natural gas from both onshore and offshore developments. Suncor Energy has requirements for its operations that must be met successfully, safely and be environmentally sound. Sustainability is a key component to all of Suncor’s operations.

Given the extreme cold temperatures experienced in Alberta Province of western Canada, extending to typical winter temperatures of -6°F or below, the load bearing capacity and durability of Matrax products under vehicular loading needed to be considered. The Matrax design and engineering team went to work to make modifications to our product to suit the demands of this harsh environment.

The alternative under consideration was to construct a concrete floor. Constructing a concrete floor would have required a prepared subgrade, placement of an open-graded stone a minimum of six inches in thickness, a plastic vapor barrier, and likely 4-6 inches of at least 4,000 psi steel reinforced concrete. When the use of the temporary structure was completed the concrete would require breakage with a hoe-ram or other heavy machinery, crushed, and disposed off-site all of which would have been extremely expensive and time consuming in this area of western Canada. Stone for the sub base is not available locally and would have had to been obtained from a source a significant distance from Fort McMurray, adding even more to the cost of the temporary floor.

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Matrax® custom composite matting system

The plastic Matrax matting system is a perfect solution to solve this problem and avoid an expensive concrete floor. The extremely low temperatures were beyond the capabilities of the standard plastic products so Matrax added plastomers (materials designed to alter the crystallinity of the HPDE) to the formula and manufactured flooring panels specifically for this Suncor Energy application. The modification of the HPDE with plastomers resulted in better ductility, resistance to cracking and higher impact resistance; all important considerations for a floor supporting heavy freight moving on forklifts. The additives have a much lower “glass” transition temperature than the base plastic and will lower the temperature slightly but, more importantly, they allow the base plastic to remain ductile at much lower temperatures.

Contact Matrax for Construction Matting Systems

These project examples illustrate the depth of knowledge, flexibility and adaptability of the Matrax organization. Matrax excels because it analyzes a client’s operations carefully and develops ideal solutions for the specific application. Many years of combined material, manufacturing, design and field experience allow Matrax to develop products for extreme conditions. With a flexible approach to each project and a willingness to listen closely, Matrax takes a leadership position in the manufacturing and supplying of quality matting products. Our slogan “One Size Does Not Fit All” signifies our commitment to understanding the different needs of each client and responding to those needs on time and with the product most suitable for the application at hand.

Interested in learning more about Matrax’s custom construction matting? Give us a call us today at 855-628-7623 or click here for a free quote.

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MetLife Stadium Official Partner: Turf Protection

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MetLife Stadium, host of Superbowl XLVIII and home to the NY Giants and NY Jets recently acquired a turnkey outdoor temporary flooring system from Matrax Inc. to cover the synthetic turf during non-football events. Met Life Truck ShotSince opening in April of 2010, MetLife has hosted large musical acts including, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, the Eagles, Kenny Chesney and several others. This summer MetLife will host:

  • Beyoncé/Jay-Z – July 11th – 12th 2014
  • One Direction – August 4th-5th 2014
  • Eminem/Rihanna – August 7th-8th 2014

Met Life OverviewThe primary purpose of the Matrax field covering system is to protect the synthetic field turf, support heavy vehicular traffic during the construction of the stages and lighting systems, and provide a safe surface for the general public during the event. Other systems that MetLife had used in the past did not meet MetLife’s performance expectations as these products were poorly designed and could not support fully loaded 40’ tractor trailers weighing 45,000 lbs. In the past the trailers had to be unloaded in the parking lot and the components of the stage shuttled in on smaller lighter duty vehicles. This process was costly and time consuming. In addition, one of the systems used caused damage to the synthetic turf it was intended to protect.

Where other field covering systems are designed from flooring perspective, Matrax was engineered with temporary road building and heavy vehicular traffic in mind. It was also designed to be easily installed, stored and transported. In addition, the Matrax system has translucent properties that permit light to penetrate to the surface below. This allows natural grass to stay alive for up to 7 days while covered thereby eliminating the need for sod replacement. While it transmits light, it does not transfer heat from the surface to the underside.

Matrax has become the system of choice by many industry professionals and has been successfully installed in other notable venues including; Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, M&T Bank Stadium, Gillette Stadium and on the National Mall in Washington DC. It has also been used internationally in Italy, Japan, Canada and the UK.

Matrax 4×4 Composite Mat Specifications:

  • Size:                              4 x 4’ x 1.5” Thick
  • Core:                             100% HDPE (high-density polyethylene plastic)
  • Usable Surface:              13.5 SF
  • Weight:                          50 lbs.
  • SF Per Truckload:           12,500 SF
  • Field Connection:           Nylon Cam Lock System

The MetLife Stadium field surface area is over 105,000 square feet. Matrax used a 4-man crew to install the field covering system at a rate of 100,000 square feet in 8 hours. One crew member drove a forklift, with two others laying down the mats and one crew member locking the mats in place.

Installation Time: Matrax was able to install over 105,000 sq. feet of Matrax 4×4 Composite mats in 1 day.

Met Life Ground Shot

Equipment Used: Forklift, Vehicular Front-Loader, Lighting, Various hand-tools

Met Life Truck Shot

After 24 hours of hard work the Matrax crew conducted vehicular load testing and turned the project over to the MetLife Stadium crew to begin construction of the concert platform.

Aerial View

Met Life Overview

Help Matrax Support Believe Big

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Believe Big is support organization dedicated to helping cancer patients and their families discover their pathway to healing. Believe Big was founded in 2011 by Ivelisse Page who was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2008. Statistically, she had a less than 8% chance of survival and yet, here she is four years later, completely cancer free!

One of the main goals of Believe Big is to provide cancer patients with alternatives and supplements to traditional cancer treatments like chemotherapy. Chemotherapy can have devastating effects on a patients body and mind as it weakens the immune system. New studies have found that Mistletoe extract can be extremely effective in reversing the effects of chemotherapy and help eradicate cancer when combined with other treatments.

Mistletoe treatment is widely used in Europe, however the FDA has not approved it for use in the United States. Believe Big is working with Johns Hopkins to complete clinical trials so it can be used in the United States.

Believe Big is raising $300,000 to go towards funding the clinical trial to get Mistletoe therapy approved in the US. They are already 90% of the way towards their goal. Matrax is an active contributor for  Believe Big and encourages anyone who has been affected by cancer to donate as well. You can visit the Believe Big GoFundMe page here: and donate from there.

Matrax Helps Chilean Port Get “Biosafety Certificate”

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Matrax flooring Port ChacabucoPort Chacabuco is a small Chilean town located at the head of Aisen Fjord. The port’s porous wooden docks were contaminated with high concentrations of parasites that adversely affected the local fish farming industry. Matrax worked with Puerto Chacabuco to reduce harmful contamination, upgrade infrastructure, and help the Chilean port comply with new requirements set by the National Fishing Services of Chile (known as “SERNAPESCA”).

Puerto Chacabuco lies in a tropical region and receives an average of 108 inches (2741 mm) of precipitation per year. High levels of moisture contributed to the growth of parasites and other organisms that contaminated fish farming equipment loaded onto the docks. Due to the permeable nature of the wood, attempts to decontaminate the dock failed. It was determined that upgrading the entire infrastructure of the port was necessary to resolve the issue.

Matrax assisted with the modernization of the port’s facilities, in accordance with new regulations from SERNAPESCA. Due to the high levels of precipitation, drastic temperature fluctuations [from 93oF (33.9oC) to 18o F (-7.8oC)], and heavy vehicular traffic, port flooring had to be constructed from a non-porous, resilient material. Matrax 4×4 Composite portable flooring was chosen due to its durability and ability to withstand substantial temperature changes.

The Matrax plastic matting system was used in conjunction with a liner and water treatment process. A plastic liner covered the docks and collected contaminated wash water while protecting the wooden structure below. Matrax 4×4 Composite portable flooring was then placed over the liner to allow heavy duty equipment, such as cranes and track excavators, to operate on the dock without compromising the liner. This durable, waterproof system prevents contamination of the dock and protects against hazardous leaks and spills.

One year after installation of the Matrax matting system, Puerto Chacabuco is now in compliance with regulatory legislation set by SERNAPESCA. Puerto Chacabuco was awarded the official Biosafety Certification and is now involved in the shipment of over thirty -four tons of agricultural produce. The Matrax Composite flooring system implemented in Puerto Chacabuco has become the new standard for facilities in Chile trying to achieve SERNAPESCA biosafety certification.

Matrax Composite Mats on Tour

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Matrax 4×4 HDPE composite mats have had a busy spring, summer, and fall providing field preservation and turf protection at a variety of venues for a range of events throughout the US.

FedEx Field, Landover MD - Kenny Chesney Aug. 2012

FedEx Field, Landover MD
Kenny Chesney Aug. 2012



Notable installations included; Yankee Stadium (Madonna), Fenway Park (Run for Home Plate), Gillette Stadium, MetLife Stadium (Bruce Springsteen), LP Field, FedEx Field (Kenny Chesney), Bryant Park, Stevens Institute of Technology, Monmouth University and on multiple sites at the National Mall (Smithsonian Folk Life Festival & David’s Tent DC).

Matrax Inc. is an emerging industry leader in the design and manufacturing of composite matting systems and is rapidly becoming the number one choice by stadium field managers, concert promoters, educational institutions and the National Park Service. Matrax’s pedestrian friendly  interlocking system, not only keeps natural turf alive for up to 14 days, it also provides a robust drivable surface capable of supporting rubber tired vehicles including; cranes, forklifts, services trucks and tractor trailers.

The combination of materials and design of each component results in a system that is easy to install, and provides a safe, strong and durable working surface for the event. Matrax utilizes a vertical locking system, with 4 inch overlapping flanges or “lips” to interlock individual panels to one other, creating a contiguous surface free from trip hazards. The individual components of the Matrax turf cover system have been designed to work in conjunction with one another to create a surface that will protect artificial turf from the rigors of a non-sporting event.

Watch our video of the installation of our 4×4 HDPE Translucent Composite Mats in Yankee Stadium for the Madonna MDNA Tour Sept. 2012

Matrax Supplies Mats for David’s Tent at the National Mall

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DAVID’S TENT DC is currently hosting a non-stop continuous worship event from September 25 through November 6 on the White House Ellipse in Washington D.C.  Matrax Inc. a US based manufacturer of a range of matting systems,  was contacted by the organizers of the event to supply its grass friendly turf protection system to provide vehicular access across the Ellipse to the event location. The composite matting system was used to build a temporary road and pedestrian walkway so that the tent, stage, chairs and other heavy materials could be easily transported to the site.

Matrax was recommended by the National Park Service as its translucent 4×4 Composite mats had been tested over a two (2) year period in a Virginia Tech study. The purpose of the study was to evaluate tall fescue quality and recovery success after covering it with various turf protection products available on the market. As the results of the study indicate “Matrax provided the advantages of greater protection in summer heat and quality retention in all seasons.”

The individual components of the Matrax turf cover system have been designed to work in conjunction with one another to create a surface that will protect turf from the rigors of various pre-event activities. The combination of material and design of each component results in a system that is easy to install and that provides a safe, strong and durable working surface. Matrax utilizes a vertical locking system, with 4 inch overlapping flanges or “lips” to interlock individual panels to one other; creating a contiguous surface that can support truck traffic is free from trip hazards.

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Matrax Participates in Turf Study for the National Mall

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During the summer and fall of 2010 Matrax and others from the industry participated in a turf study conducted by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences whose purpose was to understand the effects of placing a range of coverings and matting products overtop of natural turf, specifically for the National Mall.

“Throughout the year special interest groups erect tents and stages covering the tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea)-mixed cool-season grass lawn on the National Mall.” During the set up and tear down of these events, the grassy areas of the mall are subjected to tremendous amounts of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Over the years this type of traffic has taken its toll on the area,” the combined stresses result in turf death, reducing the aesthetics and functionality of this important public space. Many new commercially available products have reached the market in recent years and have the potential to extend the period that turf can be covered and still achieve functional recover,” Matrax is one of them. The US government plans to rehabilitate the national mall and will be mandating that approved turf protection products are used during these events.

The VA Tech study will continue for another year so that results can be compiled for two full seasons. What was concluded after one year of testing is that during the summer months, Matrax 4×4 Composite can be in place for up to 8 days before turf recovery was considered unacceptable. During the fall portion, the test concluded that Matrax 4×4 Composite can be left in place for up to 28 days before recovery of the turf became unacceptable. The study also notes that because of the design characteristics of the Matrax 4×4 Composite it will not sink into the turf causing damage, due to heavy loading or high moisture content in the soil caused by rain, unlike some of the other products tested. It can also be concluded then that even under the driest conditions, Matrax 4×4 Composite will outperform the competition because it distributes loads evenly, eliminating damage caused by soil compaction and creasing of the turf.

Matrax Inc. is committed to developing and manufacturing products that provide solutions to specific ground cover requirements. No other product on the market today has the combination of load carrying capacity and turf friendly characteristics of Matrax 4×4 Composite. It does not stop there, based on what the company has learned from the VA Tech testing and with the help of some advances in technology; we have developed and will continue to develop state of the art turf protection products.

The Matrax line of site access and turf protection products is manufactured with pride in the U.S.A and is available for shipment around the world. Please contact Joe Wright, Chief Operating Officer, Matrax Inc. @ 973-223-6779 or visit our website for more information.

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