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NCAA men’s Final Four again on UP floor

PANELS OF THE court for the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Final Four are laid in place Friday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The flooring was made at Connor Sports in Amasa in Iron County. (AP Photo/Bob Baum)

AMASA (AP) — Wood harvested from the Upper Peninsula again is being used to make the court floorings for college basketball’s Final Four matchups.

Connor Sports manufactured the flooring at its plant in Amasa in Iron County.

The company harvested the timber from 35 acres of sugar maples in the Two Hearted River Forest Reserve owned by The Nature Conservancy.

Connor said it used sustainable forestry practices for the harvest, basing its selection of trees for removal on improving the forest’s health as well as economic benefit.

The men’s basketball Final Four will take place in Glendale, Arizona, while the women’s finals will be in Dallas.

The company said it takes about six hours to install the hundreds of wood panels that make up the court flooring.

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