PITTSBURGH, November 17, 2011 – When LTR Products, manufacturers of Pinnacle Rubber Mulch (now re-braded as GroundSmart Rubber Mulch), an innovative and eco-friendly alternative to wood mulch for landscapingplaygroundsequestrian areas and training courses, heard about a theft at a small preschool in Madison, Wisconsin, the company wanted to lend a helping hand. St. Bernard Catholic preschool recently discovered that the rubber mulch used as safety surfacing for the school’s playground had been stolen. As a non-profit, the school was not sure if it would be able to replace the rubber mulch due to budget constraints.

“When I heard about what happened, I knew that there was a way we could help,” said Brad Pittam, general manager, LTR Products. “We immediately reached out to the preschool and said that we would be happy to donate our Pinnacle Rubber Mulch for the school’s playground. We hope that our Pinnacle Rubber Mulch will offer a safe place for the school’s students to play for many years to come.”

“On behalf of St. Bernard Catholic preschool, I’d like to thank LTR Products for their generous donation,” said Renee Witke, preschool director. “When the rubber mulch was stolen, we did not know if we had enough money in our budget to replace it, meaning that the kids at our school would no longer have a safe playground to use. With this donation, we can rest assured knowing that we can provide our students with an outdoor play area where they can enjoy fun and fitness.”

LTR Products donated green Pinnacle Rubber Mulch to the school for the playground. The mulch will not compress like wood mulch and will remain bright and plush for at least 12 years with minimal maintenance. As a playground safety surface, a six-inch layer of GroundSmart Rubber Mulch will cushion a child’s fall from as high as 16 feet, providing up to 50 percent more fall-height protection than wood mulch using half of the material. Additionally, rubber mulch is non-allergenic, and harmless to plants, pets and children. It is also clean, minimizes airborne dust and particles, does not splinter like wood mulch, won’t harbor pests like insects and rodents, and is a green, sustainable product.

GroundSmart Rubber Mulch also offers the preschool an eco-friendly alternative to wood mulch. Rubber mulch helps to save trees from the shredder and provides an outlet for the millions of scrap tires that are collected each year.