GT AirInject will transport the machines to Texas on Monday, Sept. 11 for use at approximately 20 golf courses and numerous athletic fields. Hurricane Harvey did damage to facilities at every level. Golf courses and sports fields ranging from recreation, municipal and professional facilities, all sustained damage from flooding and compaction. The Air2G2 machine will inject air into the soil profile, open up pore space, increase percolation to move standing water through the soil column and help the turf recover. Turf managers who have expressed interest in utilizing the Air2G2 to help recover their turf from massive flooding, particularly in the Houston and southeast Texas region will be able to do so at no cost to them at least through October. The transport from Jacksonville to the Houston area is expected to take at least 48 hours and the shipping and usage will come at no expense to the facilities.
“I was on the phone with our Texas distributor, Jeff Kadlec, and we were on the same page about how we can help everybody that has been devastated in Houston and that area of Texas,” said Glen Black, the owner and President of GT AirInject, Inc. “The knowledge that I have of the turf industry and the great respect and friendship I have for superintendents for golf courses and athletic complex operators inspired me to do this for the first time. I know what these people go through is tough even in normal circumstances. Right now, these are far from normal circumstances and they’re encountering some tremendously difficult issues. I hope sending these machines can help alleviate some of those problems.”
Kadlec, owner and manager of GLK Turf Solutions in San Antonio, Texas and an Air2G2 distributor, will coordinate the effort through his network of facilities via Twitter (@glkturftexas), the South Texas chapter of the Texas Golf Course Superintendents Associations and the Texas Sports Turf Managers Association. He is reaching out in the region for other facilities that require these services.
“We’re just in the infancy of helping here,” Kadlec said. “Some of these golf courses have greens completely under water and many folks haven’t been able to get back home to see what their recreation facilities or courses actually need. The goal is to go from course to course and facility to facility to help as many as we can, at least through the end of October or for as long as is needed.”