SCHAUMBURG, IL — The St. Louis Blues have installed Black Iron Strength® dumbbells and attachments made with CuVerro® bactericidal copper surfaces in both of their training facilities. This follows the LA Kings installations of the same equipment made with bactericidal copper last season. CuVerro has gained acceptance in healthcare and is now seeing increased demand in other markets.
Black Iron Strength training equipment is so sought after because it’s the only dumbbell and attachment free weight product line featuring CuVerro® bactericidal copper gripping surfaces. CuVerro is a class of EPA-registered copper alloys that continuously kill 99.9% of infectious bacgeria*, never washing out or wearing away.
“The technology impressed me,” says Nelson Ayotte, St. Louis Blues head strength and conditioning coach. “We have battled the issue of cleanliness and do a lot of disinfecting everyday but it’s not always perfect. Sixty players mean 60 pairs of hands, so this helps us be more efficient because we can spend time on something else versus constant disinfecting. It gives me peace of mind.”
“Anything a professional sports team can do to lower the risk of an athlete becoming sick or acquiring an infection because of exposure to bacteria is an extremely worthwhile investment,” Tom Grace, President of Black Iron Strength® says. “Think about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers MRSA outbreak or the Anaheim Ducks battle with the mumps last year,” Grace adds. “The huge amount of travel by athletes coupled with the wear and tear on their bodies really compromises their immune systems. The probability of getting sick is simply higher. That’s why we created the Germ Buster® line of equipment made with bactericidal CuVerro®.”
“This is a guaranteed winning solution in my mind. There is no question that with a winter sport at some point an infection, cold, or flu will be going around. With the money we put into our players it makes so much sense to do everything we can to keep them healthy. If these weights prevent us from losing even one player for one game it pays for itself,” Coach Ayotte adds.
CuVerro® is manufactured by GBC Metals, LLC, doing business as Olin Brass, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper, Inc. which is a subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc., the leading manufacturer and distributor of copper, copper-alloy and bactericidal copper sheet, strip, plate, foil, rod, ingot and fabricated components in North America and one of the largest in the world. GBC Metals engages in the melting, casting, rolling, drawing, extruding and stamping of specialized copper and copper alloys finished products from scrap, cathode and other refined metals. (OB-0034-1510)
About Black Iron Strength®
Black Iron Strength® products are sold by Grace Premier Fitness and Wellness Products, Inc., the leading worldwide distributor for the US Patented CuLEAN® antimicrobial copper touch points on the Black Iron Strength® free weight equipment handles and touch surfaces featuring the CuVerro® bactericidal copper components. For more information about Black Iron Strength® products, email Tom Grace, President of Black Iron Strength®, at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.blackironstrength.com, or call 1-360-574-6524.
*Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, CuVerro surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli O157:H7, and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE).The use of CuVerro® bactericidal copper products is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. This surface has been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but it does not necessarily prevent cross contamination.