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Norris Legue is the President and founder of Synthetic Surfaces Inc. (SSI). He is a chemist and pioneer in the synthetic turf industry. In the late 1960s, Norris began development of the first one-part urethane adhesive that was successfully used to install a synthetic turf football field. That invention, plus extensive outdoor installation work while fine tuning the adhesive, as well as other pioneering efforts in the early stages of synthetic turf, eventually lead to the formation of SSI in 1973.

The name Synthetic Surfaces Inc. was originally selected for the corporation because they specialized only in adhesives for installing synthetic turf, flooring, sport and other recreational surfaces. However, keep in mind that SSI is a chemical company that manufacturers adhesives, and not the surfaces themselves. Additionally, when their business philosophy and the demanding adhesive performance and handling requirements necessary for successful sports surface installations were recognized, it was not surprising that SSI and its NORDOT® Adhesives' technology was discovered by other industries. Companies with bonding problems often contact SSI to see if they can help.

While progress has long ago made the original adhesive obsolete, SSI continues to develop new adhesives to meet the changing needs of the synthetic turf, flooring, sport and recreational surface business. NORDOT® is the trade name for these new generations of adhesives.

In addition to management of the company, Norris is still active in new adhesive development and technology. His registered trademark, “The Guru of Glue®”, is known worldwide. As a result of his 40+ years of extensive experience, knowledge, research, and product development, he is often consulted by companies around the world for his thoughts about the accomplishments, problems and future growth of the synthetic turf industry.


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