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NEW TYPE POLYPROPYLENE USED IN ARTIFICIAL GRASS BY ASTROTURF MAKER

 DALTON, Ga., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- A new type of artificial grass for sports stadiums contains polypropylene yarn knitted to allow more resiliency than previous polypropylene playing surfaces. Intended for outdoor use, PolyPro(TM) turf is made by Balsam Corporation, which also makes nylon-based AstroTurf(R) first used in indoor stadiums in 1966.
 Balsam would not reveal commercial customers although the company said a major university is now using the polypropylene playing surface in its stadium.
 In the manufacturing process, Balsam melt-spins the yarn using Marlex(R) polypropylene supplied by Phillips Petroleum Company. Colored pigments are incorporated into the melt. The yarn is knitted onto a polyester base fabric by means of a proprietary process.
 Knitting permits the surface to have more natural looking and natural feeling blades for better cushioning. This comes from texturizing and extruding polypropylene into fibers, the company said.
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 /CONTACT: Jill Hendricks or Peter Dobrow of G+A Communications, 212-221-2267, for Phillips Petroleum Company, or Dan Collier, 405-348-6464, for Balsam Corp./


CO: Balsam Corp.; Phillips Petroleum Company ST: Georgia IN: SU:

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