Levi LaVallee - Team LaVallee

LAVALLEE TAKES HOME DOUBLE GOLD

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Another Winter X-Games is in the books, and another two gold medals hang around the neck of one of the world’s most decorated and diversified snowmobile athletes. After a two year absence from the Winter X-Games, Levi LaVallee returned and increased his medal count to nine (six of them being gold).

LaVallee had a jam-packed weekend in Aspen, as he was the only athlete scheduled to compete in all four snowmobile disciplines: Freestyle, Speed & Style, Snocross, and Best Trick. LaVallee’s first event was Snowmobile Freestyle and took place during the first night of Winter X. With huge extensions, perfect landings, and demanding tricks, Levi put on a performance worthy of a gold medal.

With no snowmobile events scheduled for Friday, LaVallee was back on his sled on Saturday for Snowmobile Speed & Style, which is a combination of racing and freestyle. LaVallee ran away with his second gold medal of the weekend, out racing and out performing his competition in each of the three rounds. Unfortunately, Levi tore a muscle in his lat during his gold medal round, ending his 2013 Winter X-Games early.

Although Levi was out, Team LaVallee had two other athletes competing in Sunday’s Snocross event. Jake Scott, the team’s youngest rider, came to the X-Games as an alternate, but was given the opportunity to compete when another racer suffered a concussion in practice. Scott joined Team LaVallee’s other rider, Kyle Pallin in the Snocross competition. Pallin put out the 5th fastest lap time of all 23 riders during practice, but unfortunatley lady luck was not on his side and he was unable to make the final. However, Scott found himself in the front row of the final and with consistent riding, the 18-year-old finished in 7th place at his first-ever X-Games!Congratulations, Jake Scott!

Congratulations to all of the team athletes and crew, including Glenn Kafka, crew chief and co-owner of Team LaVallee, on a stellar performance at the 2013 X-Games! Keep up with Team LaVallee as they finish off the 2012-2013 race season! Follow Team LaVallee on Facebook and Twitter, or see Glenn and the team in action at a race near you! Kafka Granite sponsors Team LaVallee, along with Mystik Lubricants, Loctite, Polaris, Parts Unlimited, Arctiva, Fox Shox, Earth, Inc., Woody’s, Kafka Conveyors, and Stratford Sign Company.

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On a much more somber note, one of the world’s best freestyle snowmobile athletes passed away on January 31st as a result of an unfortunate crash during the Winter X-Games. The Kafka family, who has long been a part of a very tight-knit snowmobile community, continues to send their thoughts and prayers to the Moore family during this extremely difficult time. To make a donation to the Moore family, please visit GiveForward.com/CalebMoore. 

Ride in Peace, Caleb.

 

ONE-STOP SHOP: STOCK UP ON KAFKA GRANITE LANDSCAPE MATERIALS

2013_February1_pic1It’s that time of year! Spring is just around the corner and before you know it landscapers will be breaking ground on new and exciting projects. While there is still a white blanket of snow covering most of our lawns, homeowners are starting to plan for maintenance or new renovations of their yards, gardens, and outdoor living quarters. When the ground thaws, be prepared for the springtime rush with Kafka Granite landscape stone, boulders, and mulch!

Kafka Granite offers one of the most extensive color palettes in landscape stone. With crushed stone and river rock available in roughly 20 colors and several sizes, Kafka Granite is bound to have just what your customer is looking for, whether it be for homes, commercial properties, parks, or gardens. Looking for something new for the 2013 season? Kafka Granite has added several new colors last year such as Twilight Black, Shamrock Green, and Sugar & Spice, just to name a few.

To complement the line of landscape stone, Kafka Granite also offers Decorative Rip Rap. These raw, fractured, natural colored boulders vary in size from 4-12 inch pieces all the way up to over four feet in diameter. These decorative rip rap pieces are practical for retaining walls and water features, but also make for uniquely beautiful accent pieces.

Kafka Granite’s Wisconsin Granite Cobbles and Boulders make for some of the most beautifully colored, rounded boulders around. These glacially deposited, smooth, multi-colored boulders are available in a wide range of sizes from 3-6 inch cobbles all the way up to massive 5 foot accent pieces. These boulders are perfect solution for retaining walls, ponds, man-made water falls, and more.

While Kafka Granite is a premier source for landscape stone and boulders, don’t forget about the mulch! Since starting a new venture in wood waste recycling, Kafka Granite now offers pine bark available in two sizes: 3/8-1 1/2″ flake and 3/8″ minus.

Make Kafka Granite your one-stop shop! Stock up now on all your landscape stone, boulders, and mulch. Contact one of our knowledgable sales representatives today for more information, samples, or a competitive quote!

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TEAM LAVALLEE HEADED TO THE 2013 WINTER X-GAMES

team_lavallee_winter-x_gamesIt’s that time of year. Soon action sports athletes from around the world will flock to Aspen, Colorado for the 2013 Winter X-Games, held January 24-27. Glenn Kafka, founder of Kafka Granite, will also be headed to Aspen as co-owner and crew chief of Team LaVallee. Team LaVallee will have an exciting schedule, as they are the only team to be competing in all four snowmobile disciplines. Last year, Snocross had been omitted from the Winter X-Games schedule for the first time in 14 years, along with one of the newer snowmobile events called Speed and Style. This year, by popular demand, all four disciplines are back, allowing the opportunity for all of Team LaVallee’s athletes to compete.

Levi LaVallee, who has just been named the 19th most influential person in action sports by ESPN, will be the only snowmobile athlete competing in all four events: Snocross, Speed and Style, Freestyle, and Best Trick. LaVallee has four X-Games gold medals, is the first to attempt a double backflip on a snowmobile, and holds the world record distance jump at 412 feet. Kyle Pallin, Team LaVallee’s newest racer, will be competing in Snocross for his second time at Winter X. Pallin placed 4th in his first Winter X-Games appearance. Jake Scott, the team’s youngest rider, will be serving as the first alternate for Polaris in the Snocross event.

Help us cheer on Team LaVallee! Check out the ESPN TV Listing to watch from home, and follow Team LaVallee on Facebook or Twitter to stay up-to-date on all the action!

Kafka Granite sponsors Team LaVallee, along with Mystik Lubricants, Loctite, Polaris, Parts Unlimited, Arctiva, Fox Shox, Earth, Inc., Woody’s, Kafka Conveyors, and Stratford Sign Company.

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KAFKA GRANITE’S CART PATHS ARE A HOLE-IN-ONE

While Kafka Granite’s range of pathway products have proven successful for a variety of applications such as walkways, bike paths, driveways, and nature trails, Kafka Granite is now driving these same products to golf courses. When prestigious golf courses such as Whistling Straits in Kohler, WI, Erin Hills in Hartford, WI, and Hazeltine in Chaska, MN, were looking for a less obtrusive cart path to help maintain a natural look and feel on their course, they all turned to Kafka Granite. Kafka Granite’s pathways are an aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly alternative to hardscape. Kafka Granite offers two different materials recommended for golf course cart paths, which are both available in over 40 different colors.

Kafka Granite’s Stabilized Pathways blend an organic binder with decomposed granite, reducing mud, dust, and erosion while retaining a firm surface. Stabilized pathways are also permeable, allowing storm water to quickly drain back into the earth. Although stabilized pathways are much lower in erosion than a standard decomposed granite path, we do not recommend using stabilized pathway on slopes over 8%.

However, Kafka Granite’s StaLok Pathways are much more resilient and can be applied on even steepest of slopes. StaLok Paving Material combines decomposed granite with engineered polymers to create a non-permeable, but aesthetically pleasing, durable, and dustless pathway. As an added bonus, StaLok cart paths absorb the impact of stray golf balls, allowing golfers to more easily recover from errant shots.

With over 40 different colors of pathway aggregates and recycled materials, it is easy to match your current landscape or create natural and sustainable cart paths that are unique to your course. With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about renovations for your favorite golf course. Contact one of our knowledgeable sales representatives today for more information, samples, and pricing!

UPDATE: Military Mom and Soldiers Send Thanks During the Holidays

Kafka Supports the TroopsThis past September, we shared a story about Betty Blume, a military mom who has been sending the comforts of home to various troops in Afghanistan. Kafka Granite has continued to cover the shipping costs of these care packages, and now Betty has asked to publicly express her gratitude in light of the holiday season. The following is a message from Betty and her husband, Larry, as well as two of the many gracious recipients currently serving in Afghanistan.

“We would like to thank Glenn and Bev Kafka of Kafka Granite for their generous support to our troops serving in Afghanistan. Their support has made it possible for us to give the troops a meaningful Thanksgiving and hopefully an enjoyable Christmas. To date we have been able to send approximately 125 care packages. We are in the spirit of the season! Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give. Thank you for giving!” –Betty and Larry Blume

“Thank you for every single package we have received! We love you and the community that supports us!” –PFC Gage Andrews

“God Bless your family and your community as you support us. It is not in vain and we are very appreciative.” –SSG Michael Lane

Kafka Granite will continue supporting this good cause and we encourage you to join us. Please contact us if you are interested in spreading holiday cheer to our soldiers overseas!

KAFKA GRANITE WELCOMES A NEW SALES REP

jeremy_boresJeremy Bores joins the sales team at Kafka Granite: Kafka Granite is proud to introduce Jeremy Bores, the newest member of our sales team. Jeremy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2009 with major in Marketing and a minor in Information Systems. He since has gained sales experience while working for both Bauer Built Tire and Marshfield Doorsystems. Jeremy has known the Kafka family for many years and shares common values with Kafka Granite, making him a great fit for our team.

“I feel very privileged to be a part of the Kafka Granite team. I see Kafka Granite as thriving small business that will continue to exceed expectations for many years to come,” Bores commented.

Jeremy will be working primarily from our Mosinee office. You can contact him directly at jeremy@kafkagranite.com.

Welcome to the team, Jeremy!

WISCONSIN SALT SOLUTIONS EXPEDITES THE DE-ICING PROCESS

WISCONSIN SALT SOLUTIONS EXPEDITES THE DE-ICING PROCESS

Wisconsin Salt Solutions provides anti-icing and de-icing products: With winter upon us, tis the season that counties and municipalities throughout Wisconsin turn to Wisconsin Salt Solutions to keep their roads free of snow and ice. Wisconsin Salt Solutions is a division of Kafka Granite‘s sister company, Kafka DustBuster Plus. Wisconsin Salt Solutions provides both liquid Calcium Chloride and liquid Magnesium Chloride, which can be applied either before a winter storm in order to prevent ice, or after the storm in order to expedite the melting process. These products will melt snow and ice at a temperature as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

In addition, by adding 20% IceBite (a de-sugared sugar beat molasses) to the solution, the melting process is even more efficient. With the addition of IceBite, the melting point drops significantly to well below 0 degrees. Due to IceBite‘s residual effect, the product stays on the road longer, decreasing additional applications. This product also assists in breaking the bond between the road surface and the ice/snow, making plowing easier and more efficient. Finally, this organic and environmentally friendly product is a natural corrosion inhibitor. With the addition of IceBite, corrosion is reduced by 50-60%, preventing rust on vehicles and metal in bridges.

These products are available in 4,500 gallon tankers or 250 gallon totes. Are you interested in improving the winter driving conditions of your roads? Contact John Meyer for more information.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE KAFKAS

On behalf of Kafka Granite, we would like to thank you for your continued support of our family business. We wish you a very happy holiday season and a prosperous new year.

–Glenn, Beverly, Chris, and Tiffany Kafka

GLENN KAFKA GEARS UP

glenn-kafka-gears-upOwner of Kafka Granite serves as co-owner, crew chief, and sponsor to pro snowmobile team: When the snow falls, Glenn Kafka, owner of Kafka Granite, fuels his other passion: snowmobile racing. While Glenn had started becoming involved in snowmobile racing in the 1980s for fun, it has since evolved into another business venture. Glenn Kafka spent a decade serving as crew chief on the premiere grass drag racing team in the 90s, and another ten years helping his son, Chris Kafka, rise through the ranks of snocross racing. Today, he serves as co-owner and crew chief to Team LaVallee, a professional snocross and freestyle snowmobile team. Glenn’s business partner, Levi LaVallee, is a Pro National Snocross Champion, a 4-time Winter X-Games Gold Medalist, the first person to attempt a double backflip on a snowmobile, and the world distance jump holder at 412′ feet.

Now, Glenn Kafka and the team are preparing for their fourth season together. Levi LaVallee and Kyle Pallin will be racing in the professional ranks, while Jake Scott competes in the Pro Lites division. The team will follow the International Series of Champions (ISOC) Circuit to nine US cities throughout the 2012-13 season, as well as compete in the 2013 Winter X-Games in Aspen, Colorado. The first race will be held November 23-25 at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minnesota. You can follow Team LaVallee on Facebook and Twitter, or see Glenn and the team in action at a race near you!

Kafka Granite sponsors Team LaVallee, along with Mystik Lubricants, Loctite, Polaris, Parts Unlimited, Fox Shox, Earth, Inc., Woody’s, Kafka Conveyors, and Stratford Sign Company.

In addition, Kafka Granite, Kafka Conveyors, River Valley Bank, and Stratford Sign Company will be sponsoring Chris Kafka, Glenn’s son, as he comes out of retirement to compete in the Midwest ISOC races as an independent Pro Lites rider.