Leap… and the High Tenacity, Multifilament Net will Appear
By Linda Parker
Since the Stone Age (and perhaps earlier), people have crafted nets, challenged by the recurring need to create structures that permit some things to pass through freely while easily trapping others. Stone Age man quickly recognized that by braiding or entwining one material with another, he was creating a product with strength that was far greater than that of either material alone.
The earliest nets that history has documented were those formed from reeds or willow branches, and were most likely used in fishing. The oldest net discovered to date is known as the Antrea Net and was found in 1913. A farmer in Russia uncovered the netting buried in a peat bog. The artifact, some 30 meters in length, is woven of willow. At the time it was discovered, the net still carried its stone corner weights and bark floats. The Antrea Net has been radiocarbon dated and evaluated for other relative markers of time. Archeologists believe the net was woven at some point between 8300 and 7200 BC.
Now fast forward to 1957.
Class A PGA professional and lifetime member of the PGA of America, Frank Purcell, owned a successful driving range and later a 9-hole executive course in southern California’s San Fernando Valley. A family owned and operated business, Frank’s son, Jeff, grew up at the course, riding tractors and installing netting from an early age. By the time Jeff was a Business major at UCLA, he was also helping his father in netting sales for the sports netting distributorship Frank held in six western states.
Shortly after college, Jeff launched his own company to manufacturer netting, at first using equipment he relocated to California from the textile mill country of South Carolina. After dealing with the scarcity of trained mill workers in the California area, Jeff Purcell made the decision to relocate his factory so that hiring experienced textile mill workers would no longer be a challenge.
Today the company is known as Nettexx and serves clients throughout North America, South America, Europe and the Asia Pacific Rim. For more than 35 years, Nettexx has been manufacturing a range of netting and fabrics from its climate-controlled, Greenville, South Carolina factory. Producing over 300 different products, Nettexx exclusively uses U.S.A. made materials to manufacture fabrics and netting for a diversity of uses and applications. Each week the company averages roughly 4 million square feet of net or fabric production.
CEO Jeff Purcell describes Nettexx as a vertically integrated company, pointing out that Nettexx is the “only netting manufacturer with the in-house capability to produce its own yarn, thereby ensuring total quality control of the product.”
As part of its proprietary process, Nettexx designs much of its own production machinery in-house, enabling high levels of efficiency and quality assurance. Included in the products the company produces are netting and fabrics for
- sports netting
- construction fabric and industrial netting and fabrics
- highway glare reduction fabric
- debris netting
- porous geotextiles for lineal dispersion of gas, water and leachates
- rip wrap separation and stabilization fabrics
- truck cover fabrics
- pallet rack netting
- conveyor nets
- scaffold, mezzanine and cat walk containment nets
- geotextiles to provide separation, filtering or drainage
- ground cover netting
- fabrics and netting for floriculture, horticulture and farming
- cattle shades
- fish netting
- crowd control fabrics, boundary nettings
- wind screens
- fence panels
- shading fabrics and shade sails
- bird netting and anti-bird netting
- TopGolf Scottsdale, Gilbert (Arizona) and Oklahoma City
Honored by the United States Army Natick Soldier Center and Integrated Logistics Support Center (based just outside of Boston, Massachusetts) for its production of Solar Shades used during Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom, the team at Nettexx is justifiably proud of the products it provides to the U.S. military. Brittany Dial, COO of Nettexx says, “Earning the status of a U.S. military preferred provider is not an easy achievement. Nettexx is one of the very few U.S. owned and U.S. based manufacturers to provide netting to America’s armed forces. We strongly feel that we’ve earned this honor because of our company’s integrity and commitment to quality and service.”
Among the products Nettexx has manufactured for military applications are shade cloth, heat shelter fabrics, camouflaged shelter fabrics and stealth composite components that may be UV, radar or laser scattering, absorbent or reflective.
Applications in Golf
While your golf course probably isn’t looking for nets or netting fabric that will endure for the millennia or has the capability either to absorb or reflect laser beams, you no doubt utilize netting in many ways. In urban environments, netting makes it possible for golf courses and golf ranges to co-exist in tight proximity to residential spaces, near homes, walking and jogging trails, parks, and other high-density areas. Netting fabrics used in golf can include golf ball barrier netting, golf range nets, golf impact net, golf cages, netting for boundaries, perimeters and crowd control, visual reduction fabric for chain link fences, ground cover netting, soil stabilization fabric, weed control netting, bunker liner netting, pond cover netting and any of an almost endless number of custom applications.
Focusing on both appearance and function, Nettexx produces netting in various colors. Selecting the right style and color allows a netting product to blend into the environment without being a visual distraction or to stand out in the environment for safety purposes such as crowd control barrier netting. All Nettexx products are made from either polymer, polypropylene, or polyester, with Nettexx’s polymer being so resilient that it maintains up to 90 percent of its strength at temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero. Because of the fabric’s interlocking design, you could take scissors to any section of it, and the remainder of the net would not unravel. As a fully biodegradable product, even the lubricant used on the yarns in the net or fabric as it goes into the manufacturing process are food grade mineral oil.
With the capability to produce netting that is up to 100 feet wide and up to 500 feet long, Nettexx markets its nets as being the largest uninterrupted netting units available in the world today. The company’s 20-foot wide fabrics can be manufactured in continuous lengths of up to 9,840-plus feet.
Among its products most often used by golf courses is Nettexx golf range barrier netting, including its GFX Armour-Clad(SM) net. This barrier netting is a hybrid product that begins with a high strength, high-tenacity, multi-filament that is then encased in a protective monofilament.
The company also carries three additional barrier net products to serve a variety of needs and budgets. Nettexx’s HDPE net has been carefully designed for strength in environmental extremes. The company’s original product, G3 netting, delivers affordable durability and has been in continuous use on many golf courses for years, including some courses and ranges where the product is still currently in use after fifteen years.
A second popular product, Nettexx’s high-impact golf netting, is a multi-filament polyester net that is designed for indoor or outdoor use, is UV protected, and does not leave impact marks on golf balls. The company stocks this in 9 foot, 6 inch widths, frequently used in spaces with 10 foot ceilings, however sizes also can be customized to your specifications and needs.
Who’s Using Nettexx for Solutions to Golf Course Problems?
Whether it is for a short-term use at an event or installed for a long-term application, net and fabric products from Nettexx are solving problems for golf courses and ranges in the U.S. and around the world. A few of the company’s current clients include
Nettexx offers design, installation and construction support service, including project planning consultancy and after-sales support to help customers install newly purchased shade cloths or netting. You can learn more about Nettexx at www.nettexx.net.
We give a special thanks to GOLFTRADES.com for this article featured in April, 2015