Posted on: October 3rd, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
A very uplifting letter came in the mail the other day.Â The opening paragraph read as follows:
“Dear Mr. Gonzalez,
On behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for your generous donation of discounted foam floor tiles
for Savannah’s wish…”Â
Savannah is a little girl who wanted a playhouse and it seems like our foam tiles
were just the thing they needed to line the inside of a full size dollhouse for extra padding and protection.Â A very nice pink, purple, and flower patterned soft flooring
now decorates the inside of her very own life-size dollhouse.Â We often get requests for donations and while we can not always accommodate, it’s really good to hear from any customerÂ following up with us to give us positive feedback.
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For me, this instance was particularly touching because Darla, the program manager, was one of the most positive people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.Â Her absolute dedication to her job and all that it’s about make it pretty inspiring to be a part of it, even if it’sÂ just to provide a service or product.Â It’s people like her that can really make something so trivial as our play mats for kids
, and apply it to give someone in need a little more strength, hope, and joy.Â An important reminder that even when you’re down and out, it’s good to know that there are people out there striving to make a big difference in an innocent little boy or girls life.
Posted on: May 18th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
It has become abundantly clear that my local gym, Woodland Hills Athletic Club, is in need of new exercise flooring in the HIT (high intensity training) room.Â A comparatively small room to the rest of the facilities, this particular area is where the most intense workout regiments take place and you can tell by the shape that the gym floor is in.Â Black foam flakes stick to your sneakers and follow you home after setting just one foot in that room.
Currently the gym floor is outfitted with 4â€™x4â€™x1â€ EVA foam mats which were purchased about 4 years ago just as the new owner, Eric, took over the place. Myself having trained in that room, Iâ€™m amazed that 1â€ EVA foam has withstood the continuous 4â€™-7â€™ drops of 300 pound dead lifts over and over again. Despite their perceived durability, Eric is looking for something that has the resilience of rubber and the high impact shock absorption of the EVA foam tiles. After a series of tests on some larger samples pieces, it looks like heâ€™s leaning toward the Soft Rubber interlocking tiles in Â¾â€ thickness for its hard rubber top and the foam base. Installation is looking to take place sometime during the summer and weâ€™ll be keeping you posted with pics and installation tips.