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
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.