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Business Beat

May 25, 2013

Delhi firm secures athletic-gear contract

Sportsfield Specialties Inc. of Delhi, a leading manufacturer of sports competition equipment, has been awarded a five-year contract to engage in national sales of “loose and installed athletic equipment” by the Keystone Purchasing Network, a cooperative purchasing program based in Milton, Pa.

The contract is available to Keystone members nationwide in states where cooperative purchasing is allowed by law. It gives Sportsfield product category exclusivity and is expected to increase sales opportunities by enabling Ketstone members, such as schools, government agencies, and non-profit organizations, to have no-bid access to all Sportsfield products, along with those of its subsidiaries Sports Specialties LLC and Promats Athletics.

“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract by KPN and are excited about offering our full line of equipment to a broad new market,” said Wayne Oliver, President of SSI. “Our success is new construction has generated requests by end users for many of our innovative, state-of—the-art products. Now, as a KPN vendor, we can meet those requests while also attracting new business.”

Energy-efficient housing on the rise

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has reported that the number of New York Energy Star-certified homes increased by 10 percent in 2012 from 2011, despite housing starts nationwide remaining at historically low levels.

A total of 2,262 Energy Star-certified homes homes were constructed in the state last year, compared with 2,049 in 2011. According to the U.S. Census, construction starts in 2012 were at one of their lowest levels since 1959, when the Census began reporting housing starts.

NYSERDA officials attribute the increase in New York ENERGY STAR Certified Homes to changing market trends and continued program expansion from primarily single-family homes to allow other low-rise residential properties, including affordable housing, duplexes, townhomes and low-rise multifamily buildings.

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