Posted by on Friday, October 25, 2013 08:03 AM
You don’t know Dave.
But chances are he’s left his mark on your golf course. That new tee you built. Your greens construction project. Dave may very well have made the construction mix you used.
You don’t see Dave.
He works in dusty sand pits. From sunup till sundown, Dave does the dirty work. There’s little glory in mixing the sand and peat that superintendents turn into glorious golf courses.
You can’t catch Dave.
We call Dave our “million mile man.” He has crisscrossed the United States countless times. From coast to coast, he’s blended rootzone mixes for golf courses, football stadiums, soccer complexes, baseball fields, and cricket pitches.
But we know Dave.
Dave is a tireless worker with an outstanding attitude, a quick smile, and a hearty laugh. Dave is an American hero who served our country in the Navy. Dave lost his battle to cancer this week. We love him and miss him. Rest in peace, Dave.Continue Reading...
Posted by on Friday, October 18, 2013 01:52 PM
“$6.00 HAIRCUTS!” the sign outside the new barbershop announced.
This is a classic marketing story. Told so perfectly that I’ve wondered if it’s true. Until I saw a hair salon near my house touting that they fix cheap haircuts. I laughed as I thought the owner must have recently heard the same tale.
Then it hit me…our company could easily hang that same banner outside our office. Instead of fixing haircuts, we fix cheap infield mix.
Infield mix in Illinois has historically been two things…cheap and silty. Playing on, and maintaining, these ballfields can be difficult. Silty fields can get too hard and dusty during dry weather. After a rain they quickly become slippery.
Now, there is a manageable solution for these types of fields. Waupaca Sand & Solutions scientifically analyzes your fields and recommends the best amendment to improve your baseball field’s performance. We have found that most “bad” baseball and softball fields can be fixed without an expensive full-field replacement.
Call us today to learn how we can fix the cheap infield mix on your ballfield.Continue Reading...
Posted by on Thursday, August 22, 2013 01:28 PM
Sometimes an inspirational quote helps you refocus, gets you motivated, reminds you of what’s important, or simply gets you through your day. Here are some of our favorites:
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” –Napoleon Hill
“Think about all the people you're going to talk with today. Something you say or do may change the life of one of them. But you don't know which one. So you need to give your best to all of them.” - Boaz Rauschwerger (paraphrased)
“Leave the woodpile higher than you found it.” - Syd Faulks
“Winning is a habit. Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs. Watch your beliefs, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.” – Vince Lombardi
“To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.” – Henry Ford.
“Play like a champion today.” – University of Notre Dame
“You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig ZiglarContinue Reading...
Posted by on Thursday, August 22, 2013 01:21 PM
It was a beautiful night for baseball in Crestwood, Illinois. Taking in a minor-league ballgame is the perfect way to relax and rekindle your love for the game.
The right fielder tracks down a long fly ball. Our Red Tread Warning Track Stone kept him safe as he made the play. The fielder looked good making the play.
And the red stone looked amazing in the outfield too.
Moonrise over the stadium. Baseball under the lights on a summer evening. Enjoy a minor league game near you before summer is over.Continue Reading...
Posted by on Sunday, May 12, 2013 08:54 PM
By: Dena DiVincenzo
Duke Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski talked with our company today…sort of. Several members of the Waupaca Sand & Solutions team was fortunate to attend a leadership conference that Krzyzewski spoke at.
What did the four-time NCAA champion and two-time Olympic champion teach us?
Coach K shared his experience with coaching 2012 US Olympic men’s basketball team. He was tasked with molding a group of individual NBA superstars including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Carmello Anthony, into a super team.
As the leader of that squad, Coach K decided that the US Olympic team should not have any rules. He believes that rules are externally applied…but standards are internally owned. In lieu of rules, Coach K allowed the team to create the team's standards. The team owned their agreed-upon standards and followed them out of respect for each other.
One example of the standards they set, was a commitment to play defense. In the team’s first practice, Kobe Bryant, uncharacteristically, never took a shot. Instead, he focused his practice time on the defensive end of the floor. What an outstanding example set by the team’s on-court leader. The US Olympic team’s commitment to their standards enabled them to meet goal of winning a gold medal in London 2012.We were privileged to hear Coach Krzyzewski speak. It was a great reminder to work hard to uphold the standards we set for ourselves and our company.Continue Reading...
Posted by on Tuesday, April 02, 2013 07:33 AM
Golf course greens in Wisconsin have been under snow and ice cover for too long. With the spring thaw coming late, some golf courses are taking action to get their turf exposed to sunlight. This green in the Fox Cities was covered in ice for most of the winter.
The superintendent applied ThawDust Black Topdressing Sand in late March. One day later, the snow and ice was melted and the green's surface temperaure was starting to warm. ThawDust is made from our Fines Free Topdressing Sand, so there is no risk of causing layering damage to your greens. Try some today to speed ice melt and spring turf recovery.Continue Reading...
Posted by on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 12:50 PM
Because we love cool pictures of manufacturing equipment…Here’s the crew installing our new topdressing sand dryer. Top-of-the-line equipment to make top-of-the line USGA golf course topdressing sand.
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