Glen Duke, Owner of RipTide Unlimited, Inc., started working as a chemical manufacturer sales representative in the industry more than 40 years ago. He began specializing in floor care and coatings, and then transitioned into concrete and wood flooring. In September 1997, Duke opened RipTide Unlimited, Inc., a complete gym floor restoration, refinishing, and installation company with customers across Florida and into Georgia. Jason Duke, President and Co-Owner, also joined RipTide over 10 years ago. They work with multiple colleges, municipalities, YMCAs, school districts, fitness centers, and health clubs. Three years ago, they were introduced to Buckeye Reflections wood floor coatings. After testing Arena™ 300 and Larry’s Super 40, they have become two of their favorite products to use.
The Duke’s were interested in water-based wood floor coatings, and
testing was completed at several college gymnasiums using Arena 300.
They noticed that Arena 300 covered significantly more square footage
than the competitive products they used. Arena 300 has proven to be a
great fit for the 24-hour fitness centers as a result of its low VOCs
and low odor. They are able to apply Arena 300 without disturbing gym
members. The staff also commented on how much easier Arena 300 is to
More recently, they tested Larry’s Super 40 oil-based wood floor
coating. After trying numerous oil-based coatings, the Duke’s found
Larry’s Super 40 to have all the attributes they were looking for: ease
of application, gloss and durability. They were impressed with the
results of the testing, and made the switch.
In addition to their success with Reflections wood floor coatings, the
Duke’s also appreciate their partnership with Buckeye. Glen says, “I
like partnering with a company that can provide hands-on assistance and
help bring new business opportunities as well. We have not received
that level of support from other companies we have worked with.”