By Blue Mountain College Press Release
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Profile Products LLC has stepped up to the plate to help transform Blue Mountain College’s dream of a sports complex into a reality.
Profile and BMC have signed an agreement that will transfer 34 acres of reclaimed property to the college in exchange for the mining rights to 37 acres of school property. The two plots of land are across Tippah County Road 805 from each other, approximately one mile north of the BMC campus and west of Mississippi Highway 15.
The transfer will allow BMC to develop a sports complex that will include a baseball field, softball field, golf driving range, soccer field, sand volleyball court, and a walking/running track.
“This is a wonderful partnership,” said BMC president Dr. Bettye Rogers Coward. “This will allow us to use our land to enhance the college in a way that we wouldn’t be able to do otherwise.”
Profile Products, at its plant approximately two miles from the BMC campus, manufactures and distributes the industry’s best-selling inorganic soil amendments for sports fields, golf courses and landscaping.
Its Turface soil conditioner is used on athletic fields across the country, including Major League Baseball stadiums and National Football League stadiums.
Profile also has plants in Tennessee and North Carolina, where it manufactures a comprehensive line of erosion and sediment control products, turf establishment products and complementary accessories to accelerate seed germination.
“This is a great opportunity to partner with Blue Mountain College and to contribute to the enhancement of the local community,” said John Schoch, president and CEO of Profile Products.
The Toppers currently play their home baseball and softball games at the New Albany SportsPlex. BMC golf will continue its playing partnership with Kirkwood National Golf Club in Holly Springs, but will have an enhanced practice range in the new Profile sports complex.
Coward said the school, as part of its timber management program, had already sold the trees on the 37-acre plot that is part of more than 100 acres. Removal of the trees has already been accomplished and mining has begun.
A completion date for the sports complex has not been set, but preliminary dirt work has also begun on the 34-acre site.
“This agreement with Profile will result in the college having facilities for our students and will bring visitors to our town and county which will be a benefit to the region,” Coward said.