St. Louis Blues second NHL team to outfit training room with bactericidal CuVerro®

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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 installation 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
bacteria, 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.

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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,
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.


GBC Metals, LLC (d/b/a Olin Brass)
Jill Miller, CuVerro Marketing