According to Pioneer, nearly 100,000 square feet of gymnasium flooring and 10,000 square feet of bleacher boards was reclaimed from educational institutions across the nation. The new products, hard maple gymnasium flooring with original paint, and bleachers in a mixture of softwoods, are being re-purposed as flooring, fixtures and more.
“The hard maple used in gym floors is remarkably durable, and has plenty of life left in it even after being salvaged from college and school athletic facilities. The bleachers have a character all their own, from years of use,” said Jered Slusser, design expert at Pioneer Millworks. “In some cases, the original finish of the flooring, complete with painted lines and markings, can be left intact to create a very unique appearance. If you’re after a clean look though, the old finish can be carefully milled off revealing the bright, clear tone of the Maple.”
Solid and engineered flooring comprises approximately 70-percent of Pioneer Millwork’s business. Started in 1988 in a small building, the company now has a 50,000-square-foot shop, a timber frame office, and a 9-acre yard.
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