Hartland company helps build Rio golf courses

Posted at 7:03 PM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 20:03:51-04

It takes a machine 15 ft. long, eight ft. wide and about 15 to 20,000 lbs to keep an Olympic green, green.

"24-hundred gallons a minute of water," said Boyd Rose, the Applications Engineering manager for Watertronics in Hartland.

He would know, since the local company won the bid to put in the irrigation system for the Rio Olympics golf course - the first Olympic golf course in 104 years.

Watertronics President Rick Reinders said the project had some unique challenges.

"The golf course is right along the ocean, so there's some salt water intrusion that comes into the resevoir, the base is a marine grade aluminum and the coating on the pipe is designed to prevent corrosion," explained Reinders.

Reinders said golf is mainly a United States export, with other Midwestern companies doing work as well. The Watertronics crew went down to Brazil to work with the Olympic team over the course of years.

"We actually got the order in July of '13, we shipped it in July of '14, it got started one year later so it's a very long term thing that happens," described Rose. "Really what was impressive was the transformation, from a pretty rough looking area to what ti is now. It was an amazing amount of work to get it there," he said.

That's an amazing amount of work, but surprisingly easy to find. The company's consultant knew of the half-a-million dollar job.

"Golf is not very prevalent in Brazil, so this is unique in Brazil," said Reinders.

So, deep below the Brazillian golf course sits and piece of Wisconsin.