The Zamboni Company Announces Formation of Zamboni Europe

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New Company Supports European Ice Sports Industry Growth

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO, CANADA (March 5, 2018)
The Zamboni Company is proud to announce an agreement in principle to purchase our Zamboni Authorized Distributor in Sweden, Izomaskin AB. With this purchase, we will be renaming Izomaskin AB as Zamboni Europe. Zamboni Europe will continue to be located in Österfänebo, Sweden and will combine the strong manufacturing and service capabilities of Izomaskin AB with the proven and trusted Zamboni brand and products.

With thousands of Zamboni ice resurfacing machines in service all around the globe, the Zamboni Company has Zamboni Authorized Distributors and Service providers in place to locally serve the needs of the owners and operators of those products. Even with this formidable team, the continued growth of the European marketplace requires an enhanced presence.

With the facility in Sweden, Zamboni customers in Europe will benefit from the availability of locally stocked Zamboni Authentic Parts, as well as having a Zamboni Corporate office in the region.

“The local Zamboni Authorized Distributors in the European region do a great job representing and supporting the Zamboni brand and products. Over the past few years, it became clear that a corporate presence in Europe would benefit our network of Distributors as well as the owners and operators of our products.”, said Greg Dean, Vice President of Sales and Brand Management for the Zamboni Company.

For nearly seventy years, the Zamboni Company has been the leader in ice resurfacing technology and innovation. In the continuing legacy of its founder, Frank J. Zamboni, the Zamboni Company works to apply industrial science, proven performance, and future technologies into the development and manufacture of its ice resurfacing machines for ice rinks and arenas throughout the world.

Attachment: News Release Zamboni Europe

Zamboni Selects All Star Arenas As Authorized Distributor

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PARAMOUNT, CALIFORNIA (May 17, 2015) – The Zamboni Company is proud to announce a partnership with All Star Arenas. They will represent Zamboni in the Southeast region of the United States as the Zamboni Authorized Distributor for sales and service.
All Star Arenas will bring their many decades of experience in ice arena operations and management to the Southeast territory which they represent. Members of their team have been involved in the development of programming and operations courses as well as onsite instruction in arena management for STAR. With a background including roles ranging from ice arena management for private, municipal, university, NHL facility, and that of the Winter Olympic Games to the planning and construction of ice arenas and multi-use facilities, All Star Arenas has a solid skill set which will benefit Zamboni machine owners in their territory.
Frank Zamboni, the Executive Vice President of the Zamboni Company said: “We have worked with Dave Wescott of All Star Arenas for many years. His team’s combined experience and commitment to the ice arena industry is a strong addition to our global network of Zamboni Authorized Distributors.”
With a history that spans over six decades, the Zamboni Company preserves its founder’s legacy through continuing innovation and its support of the ice sport industry. As the leader in ice resurfacing technology, Zamboni remains the overwhelming choice for ice rink operators throughout the world.

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Zamboni Company Completes Restoration of Historic Machine

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ZAMBONI COMPANY COMPLETES RESTORATION OF HISTORIC MACHINE

 PARAMOUNT, CALIFORNIA (May 15, 2013) – The Zamboni Company has completed a yearlong restoration of a vintage resurfacer, the Model C, No. 11. The Model C11 was the eleventh machine built by Frank Zamboni during the early development of the machines and was assembled using a Willy's Jeep® CJ-3B as the body of the resurfacer.

The Model C11 was built in 1953 and delivered to Denver University on July 6, 1953. Denver University's school colors were applied to the machine and it resurfaced at their arena for many years. In 1968, Denver University introduced a mascot named Denver Boone. This mascot was designed by Walt Disney and named by a University student. The mascot was painted onto the machine and was still visible when the machine was retired.

The machine was sold to a private collector in Colorado in the early 1990's and was acquired by the Zamboni Company in December of 2011. Model C11 was shipped from Colorado back to its birthplace of Paramount, California in January of 2012. The Zamboni factory in Paramount began its lengthy and complete restoration of the machine which included matching the paint to the University's authentic colors and its full functionality as a working resurfacer.

The Model C11 completed its first resurfacing since its restoration at Paramount Iceland on May 9th, 2013. The machine will be on display at the annual Ice Skating Institute Conference and Trade Show on May 30th and 31st at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, NV, returning to the Zamboni Company's headquarters in Paramount after the conclusion of the show.

Through the years, the Zamboni Company has celebrated its history by restoring a few of its early machines as museum pieces which are on public display in locations such as Paramount Iceland, the US Hockey Hall of Fame Museum and the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada.

For over half a century, the Zamboni Company has been the leader in ice resurfacing technology. In the continuing legacy of its founder, Frank Zamboni, the Company works to apply industrial science, proven performance, and future technologies and to make the best ice resurfacing machines for rinks and arenas throughout the world.

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Zamboni Company Announces Introduction of New Model

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ZAMBONI COMPANY ANNOUNCES INTRODUCTION OF NEW MODEL

PARAMOUNT, CALIFORNIA (January 18, 2013) – The Zamboni Company has introduced the latest in its line of ice resurfacing machines, the Model 546. Replacing the Model 545, this new machine introduces an efficient and reliable new engine supplier to the world's most popular ice resurfacing machines.

The Model 546 incorporates a 1.6 liter Kubota® engine (gasoline or LPG) which provides the industry's best fuel efficiency. Kubota's engine is a reliable performer specifically designed for industrial applications and is based on a proven cast iron diesel engine platform.

Following are some of the Kubota 1.6 liter engine's key features:

  • Low vibration and noise
  • Electronic fuel injection – gasoline
  • Electronically controlled carburetor – propane
  • Electronic drive by wire throttle control
  • 3-Way catalyic converter
  • Gear drive valve train – no belts or chains
  • Diagnostic port
  • Hot tested at factory
  • Kubota is the Manufacturer of Record (MOR)

Kubota's compact, lightweight, high-output engines enjoy a strong reputation in the global market for their excellent performance, quality, reliability and eco-friendly features. Notably, Kubota became the first company in the world to obtain certification for general-purpose engines under the California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions regulations in 1993. Ever since, Kubota has been a pioneer on the environmental technologies front. With the combined Zamboni and Kubota worldwide network of subsidiaries, dealers and local offices, support for the Model 546 engine is unequalled in the industry.

For over half a century, the Zamboni Company has been the leader in ice resurfacing technology. In the continuing legacy of its founder, Frank Zamboni, the Company works to apply industrial science, proven performance, and future technologies and to make the best ice resurfacing machines for rinks and arenas throughout the world.

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Zamboni Company to Deliver Machine #10,000

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ZAMBONI COMPANY TO DELIVER MACHINE #10,000

NHL’s Montreal Canadiens Will Receive Milestone Zamboni Machine

PARAMOUNT, CALIFORNIA  – In April of 2012, Frank J. Zamboni & Co., Inc. will deliver its 10,000th production machine. The National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens will be the recipients of the machine which will be an electric Zamboni Model 552. The machine will begin its trip from Paramount to Canada on April 18th.

 Zamboni Company

Since its founding more than 60 years ago, the Zamboni Company has built its famous ice resurfacing machines by hand, one at a time inParamount,Californiaand for the past three decades in its plant inBrantford,Ontario,Canada. To commemorate the production of machine No. 10,000, time-lapse cameras were used to record its assembly and the footage will be posted on the Zamboni Company’s web site once completed.

Montreal’s Machine History

One of the NHL’s Original Six™ teams, the Montreal Canadiens was the first of the NHL’s Canadian teams to receive a Zamboni ice resurfacing machine. That machine, No. E29, was delivered in November of 1954 and resurfaced at the Montreal Forum for years. Since that time, the Canadiens have had Zamboni machines on their ice, making the switch to electric powered machines in September of 2000.

Electric Innovation

Frank Zamboni introduced the world’s first electric powered ice resurfacer during the Squaw Valley Winter Olympic Games in Californiain 1960. As technology for electric powered machines has evolved, the demand for electric powered resurfacers has steadily increased. The Zamboni Company has manufactured more than 1,000 electric resurfacers for use in arenas all over the world. More about Zamboni’s electric powered resurfacers: https://www.zamboni.com/machines/zamboni-552/

Industry Leader

 With a history that spans over six decades, the Zamboni Company preserves its founder’s legacy as the leader in ice resurfacing technology. Zamboni remains the overwhelming choice for arena owners and operators throughout the world.

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Zamboni Company introduces innovative electric Model 560AC

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ZAMBONI COMPANY INTRODUCES INNOVATIVE ELECTRIC MODEL 560AC

PARAMOUNT, CALIFORNIA (May 4, 2010) – Frank J. Zamboni & Co., Inc. proudly premieres its newest 500 Series machine, the emission-free Model 560AC. The North American debut takes place on May 6th during the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association’s 2010 Expo in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

50 Years of Electric Resurfacing
Frank Zamboni built the first electric powered ice resurfacing machine in 1959 for the Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley, CA. Since its introduction in 1990, the electric powered Zamboni Model 552 remains the world’s most popular electric ice resurfacing machine.

Redesigned Components
Integrating state-of-the-art technology into its proven electric ice resurfacing line, the 560AC features redesigned components including AC motors/controls and a load-sensing hydraulic system which increases efficiency, providing more resurfacings per charge. The refined conditioner includes an internal- drive horizontal auger motor and UHMW replaceable poly runners. The automatic snow breaker and Advanced Water System (AWSTM) simplify the resurfacing process.

PLUS+1™ Technology
The new PLUS+1™ dash display enables operators to monitor the resurfacing in progress and make adjustments on demand. Zamboni’s new One-Touch mode uses customizable settings for auger speeds, electronic water valves and blade control for improved ease of operation and a more consistent ice surface from each and every resurfacing.

Clean Air
The machines being built today by the Zamboni Company are almost exclusively alternative fuel powered or electric powered. All of our machine models provide a clean option, allowing a “green” choice for arena operators, based on their specific needs.

Industry Leader
With a history that spans over six decades, the Zamboni Company preserves its founder’s legacy as the leader in ice resurfacing technology. Zamboni continues to be the overwhelming choice for ice rink operators throughout the world.

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Zamboni Company Celebrates 60th Anniversary

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ZAMBONI COMPANY CELEBRATES 60th ANNIVERSARY

PARAMOUNT, CALIFORNIA (April 7, 2009) – Frank J. Zamboni & Co., Inc. proudly announced that the company is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2009. Frank Zamboni introduced the world’s first ice resurfacing machine in 1949 and its impact on ice sports has continued to grow since that time.

Paramount Iceland
In 1940, Frank Zamboni, his brother and a cousin opened the Iceland skating rink in Paramount, California. While managing the business, Frank soon learned that maintaining the ice was a labor intensive task and set out to develop a machine which could create a good sheet of ice in a fraction of the time previously required.

The Model A
After numerous attempts, by 1949 Frank had a working prototype, the “Model A” for which he applied and was granted a patent. Frank J. Zamboni & Co. was established and soon rink owners throughout North America were hearing stories of a machine which could resurface their ice, saving them valuable time and resources. Frank used feedback from the arena managers and owners of his new machines to continually improve upon his previous models.

Ongoing Innovation
Frank Zamboni’s many innovations gave arena operators the ability to make a superior sheet of ice. Zamboni introduced the world’s first electric powered ice resurfacer in 1959 and two of these units were used during the Squaw Valley Winter Olympic Games in California in 1960. Frank made significant enhancements to the design of the machine in the 1960’s, including the addition of a high capacity snow conveying system, a dumping snow tank, and a hydrostatic transmission. The introduction of the 500 Series in 1978 set the standard for ice resurfacing and the Model 550 initiated a renewed interest in the development of reliable electric powered products. Today, the Zamboni Company continues to lead the way, building four models in their Paramount, CA factory and three models in their Brantford, Ontario factory in Canada.

Clean Air
The machines being built today by the Zamboni Company are almost exclusively alternative fuel powered, with 90% of the products leaving the Zamboni factories being either propane, natural gas or electric powered. All of our machine choices provide a clean option and they allow a “green” choice for arena operators, based on their specific needs.

Industry Leader
With a history that spans over six decades, the Zamboni Company preserves its founder’s legacy as the leader in ice resurfacing technology. Zamboni remains the overwhelming choice for ice rink operators throughout the world.

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Discovery Science Center Opens Science of Hockey and Zamboni Machine Exhibit

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DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER INSTALLS INTERACTIVE ZAMBONI EXHIBIT

PARAMOUNT, CALIFORNIA (June 10, 2009) – The Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, California has opened its “Science of Hockey” exhibit featuring an interactive Zamboni machine and video as a part of their permanent installation.

Exhibit Details

The Anaheim Ducks, USA Hockey and the National Hockey League came together to bring the science of hockey to life for fans of all ages. You can take part in a media experience in the broadcast booth, face off in the “quiz” penalty box, test your reaction time and step into the skater’s challenge box to see how your skating skills compare to the pros.

Zamboni Machine

The Zamboni machine exhibit was developed in connection with the Zamboni Company and features real Zamboni machine parts from the Zamboni factories in Paramount, California and Brantford, Ontario, Canada. For visitors that don’t climb aboard the machine display, a dashboard assembly has been mounted to the wall, allowing interactivity from their perspective.

For Additional Information

Visit the Discovery Science Center’s web site to view videos, photos and contact information related to the facility and the Science of Hockey exhibit. http://www.discoverycube.org/exhibit.aspx?q=18

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Zamboni® Model 552 Witnesses New Speed Skating Records in the Netherlands

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ZAMBONI® MODEL 552 WITNESSES NEW SPEED SKATING RECORDS IN THE NETHERLANDS

PARAMOUNT, CALIFORNIA (February 15, 2007) – At the recent World Allround Speed Skating Championships which were held in Heerenveen, the Netherlands on February 9, 10 and 11, 2007, the ice was fast and the athletes were at the top of their game. The high quality of the facility’s ice surface received the attention of the skaters, which amassed dozens of records.

After a weekend of intense competition between the world’s leading speed skaters, Sven Kramer (NED) and Ireen Wüst (NED) were crowned the 2007 World Allround Speed Skating Champions. In total there were 23 personal bests, six track records, two national records and one world record on 10.000 meters, as well as two track records, four national records and 11 personal bests for points. All of the major European networks were on hand to cover the event and over 12,000 people attended the competition daily.

The amazing quality of the ice surface was enhanced by two new Zamboni® Model 552 electric ice resurfacers and the Thialf Arena’s new control system which maintains the air, temperature, and humidity in the building to provide the best possible conditions for the maintenance of an excellent ice surface.

Imbema Controls Ltd, the Zamboni Company’s distributor in Holland, delivered the new Zamboni machines to Thialf in anticipation of the event. Zamboni maintains a branch office in Zurich, Switzerland and many of the Company’s representatives (including the grandson of Frank J. Zamboni) were on hand to see the events in Heerenveen.

According to Lambèrt Prüst, CEO of Imbema Controls: “Thialf wants to have the fastest track – one suitable for world records – therefore they’ve selected the best ice resurfacer for the task. The Zamboni brand has been in use at Thialf for over 20 years and they follow a thorough maintenance schedule to ensure the best performance.”

The Model 552 is built in Paramount, California at the Zamboni Company’s factory. There are two Zamboni factories: one in Paramount, and the other in the City of Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

With a history that spans over 50 years, the Zamboni Company preserves its founder’s legacy through continuing innovation and its support of the ice sport industry. As the leader in ice resurfacing technology, Zamboni remains the overwhelming choice for ice rink operators throughout the world.

Attachment: NEWS_RELEASE_World_Speedskating_Champs_021507

ZAMBONI Delivers Machine No. 9,000 

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ZAMBONI COMPANY TO DELIVER MACHINE #9,000

PARAMOUNT, CALIFORNIA (July 24, 2008) – Frank J. Zamboni & Co., Inc. proudly announced that their 9,000th ice resurfacing machine (a Model 545) will be sold to the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The machine is currently in production and will be displayed during and delivered after the International Association of Assembly Managers 2008 Trade Show and Conference in Anaheim, California.

The new facility in Ontario is currently under construction and is scheduled to open later this year. The arena will be operated by AEG Worldwide, the developers of the Staples Center and many other multi- use venues. The ice sheet will be home to the Ontario Reign, a future affiliate hockey team of the Los Angeles Kings. Machine No. 9,000 is one of two Model 545 Zamboni® ice resurfacers which are scheduled for delivery prior to the arena’s grand opening.

Sue Oxarart, the Director of Marketing for the Citizens Business Bank Arena said: “At Citizens Business Bank Arena we are very proud to own this milestone Zamboni. With this new ultimate venue and our new ECHL Hockey Team “Ontario Reign” we are starting with the very best equipment to ensure a winning season. This Zamboni resurfacing machine is a key part of maintaining the ice for many championships to come. We look forward to presenting machine No. 9000 to the 4 million fans in our area at the Grand Opening of Citizens Business Bank Arena this October!”

Richard Zamboni, the president of the Zamboni Company and son of Frank J. Zamboni said: “Ontario’s new facility is quite an accomplishment for their city and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to deliver a machine that honors an achievement of our own.”

The Model 545 is one of four different models which are manufactured in Paramount at the Zamboni Company’s California factory. Zamboni has a manufacturing facility in Brantford, Ontario Canada and a branch office in Zurich, Switzerland with Authorized Dealers around the globe. Zamboni’s 9,000th machine is being delivered as the Company approaches its 60th anniversary celebrating their introduction of the world’s first ice resurfacing machine in 1949.

It was in Paramount, California where Frank Zamboni, his brother and a cousin built the Iceland rink, which celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2005. While Frank managed the rink, he realized that to be successful in the ice business, he would need to reduce the amount of time required to resurface the ice sheet. Frank spent nearly a decade developing a machine to accomplish the task, resulting in the Zamboni Model A ice resurfacer.

With a history that spans over six decades, the Zamboni Company preserves its founder’s legacy through continuing innovation and its support of the ice sport industry. As the leader in ice resurfacing technology, Zamboni remains the overwhelming choice for ice rink operators throughout the world.

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ZAMBONI Introduces Model 545: 2007

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ZAMBONI® COMPANY ANNOUNCES INTRODUCTION OF NEW MODELS

PARAMOUNT, CALIFORNIA (October 1, 2007) – The Zamboni Company has introduced the latest in its line of ice resurfacing machines, the Model 445, Model 525 and Model 545. Stepping in for the popular Models 440, 520 and 540, these new machines introduce efficient and reliable new engine technologies to the world’s most popular ice resurfacing machines.

The Model 445 and Model 525 machines feature a state of the art General Motors 3.0 liter engine with fuel injection and enhanced performance. This is the first use by Zamboni of a GM engine product. The larger engine gives the 445 and 525 additional strength and ability. A continuously variable hydrostatic pump and motor deliver consistent on-ice power with maximum drawbar pull, even at low speeds. The Model 445 and 525 are manufactured in the Zamboni Company’s Brantford facility which is located just outside of Toronto in Canada.

The Model 545 incorporates a 2.0 liter Hyundai engine with multi-port fuel injection. The engine is specifically designed for industrial applications and is a proven performer. The smaller, more efficient engine produces greater torque and horsepower than larger displacement engines, while achieving significant fuel savings. It meets or exceeds the CARB requirements, providing a cleaner arena environment. In addition, the 545 has increased its wash water capacity by 10 US gallons.

These models have the tightest turning radius in the industry and feature the unique down pressure system which allows for the removal of minor imperfections and the smoothest possible sheet of ice.

For over half a century, the Zamboni Company has been the leader in ice resurfacing technology. In the continuing legacy of its founder, Frank Zamboni, the Company works to apply industrial science, proven performance, and future technologies and to make the best ice resurfacing machines for rinks and arenas throughout the world.

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Frank J. Zamboni Inducted In To National Inventors HOF: 2007

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FRANK J. ZAMBONI HONORED WITH INVENTORS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

PARAMOUNT, CALIFORNIA (April 3, 2007) – The National Inventors Hall of Fame announced today that Frank J. Zamboni has been selected for posthumous recognition of his inventions, including the Zamboni® ice resurfacing machine.

Beginning with his early days as a youth on the family farm in Pocatello, Idaho, Frank Zamboni was fascinated with the inner workings of mechanical contraptions. Surrounded by tractors and other farm equipment, Frank was able to turn his interest into a working knowledge of machinery. After moving to California in 1920, Frank attended Coyne Trade School in Chicago to learn the electric business. Upon his return, Frank joined his brother Lawrence to form an electrical business, which would become known as the Zamboni Bros. Co. Frank was approached by the New Way Electric Co. of Los Angeles to solve a problem for the firm. In 1924, Frank invented an adjustable electrical resister and obtained his first patent, No. 1,655,034 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Frank continued his mission of innovation and after building and opening Paramount Iceland skating rink in 1940, he received a patent (No. 2,411,919) for an ice rink floor system which eliminated the rippling effect often caused by the refrigeration pipe in the ice floors.

Over the course of Iceland’s first decade, Frank Zamboni dedicated countless hours to a technical problem which perplexed him since the opening of the rink. The process of manually resurfacing the ice took several men about an hour and a half to complete. Frank realized that there had to be a more effective form of resurfacing, as valuable ice time was being lost every day. After a number of failed attempts, Frank finally achieved success with his prototype, the Model A Zamboni ice resurfacing machine. On May 16, 1949, Frank applied for a U.S. patent for his invention: the world’s first self- propelled ice resurfacing machine.

Frank Zamboni was granted a total of fifteen U.S. patents and invented a number of machines for a variety of sport surfaces and other industrial applications.

Richard Zamboni, the president of the Zamboni Company and son of Frank J. Zamboni said: “My dad would be honored to know that he’s being recognized for his inventive spirit. He’s certainly joining an illustrious group of inventors with significant contributions to their respective fields.”

With a history that spans over 50 years, the Zamboni Company preserves its founder’s legacy through continuing innovation and its support of the ice sport industry. As the leader in ice resurfacing technology, Zamboni remains the overwhelming choice for ice rink operators throughout the world.

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ZAMBONI Delivers Machine No. 8,500: 2007

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ZAMBONI® COMPANY TO DELIVER MILESTONE MACHINE #8,500

PARAMOUNT, CALIFORNIA (March 2, 2007) – Frank J. Zamboni & Co., Inc. today announced that Zamboni ice resurfacing machine number 8,500 will be delivered to the City of Kitchener, Ontario in Canada.

The skating rink at Kitchener’s City Hall will receive the machine, a Zamboni Model 440, in March of 2007. The facility is one of seven ice arenas in Kitchener and is home to the OHL Kitchener Rangers hockey team.

Gary Collins, the Supervisor of Arenas for the City of Kitchener said: “This resurfacer will be going to City Hall and will be replacing a 1993 Model 440. This machine was our first dual fuel (natural gas & propane) resurfacer which is still in operation today. After the first year of use, we were very impressed by the dual fuel machine. Therefore, as we replaced other ice resurfacers, natural gas with propane backup became standard.

Richard Zamboni, the president of the Zamboni Company and son of Frank J. Zamboni said: “We’re pleased to have the opportunity to deliver a milestone machine to the City of Kitchener. They’ve got a long history of community interest in ice sports and have been supportive of our product. We’re proud to have our machines on their ice.”

Zamboni’s 8,500th machine is another milestone for the Zamboni Company, which introduced the world’s first ice resurfacing machine in 1949. The Model 440 is manufactured in Brantford, Ontario at the Zamboni Company’s Canadian factory. The company’s U.S. factory is located in Paramount, California.

It was in Paramount, California where Frank Zamboni, his brother and a cousin built the Iceland rink, which celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2005. While Frank managed the rink, he realized that to be successful in the ice business, he would need to reduce the amount of time required to resurface the ice sheet. Frank spent nearly a decade developing a workable machine. The resulting Model A ice resurfacer was the world’s first self-propelled ice resurfacing machine.

With a history that spans over 50 years, the Zamboni Company preserves its founder’s legacy through continuing innovation and its support of the ice sport industry. As the leader in ice resurfacing technology, Zamboni remains the overwhelming choice for ice rink operators throughout the world.

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ZAMBONI On Hand For New Records In The Netherlands: 2007

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ZAMBONI® MODEL 552 WITNESSES NEW SPEED SKATING RECORDS IN THE NETHERLANDS

PARAMOUNT, CALIFORNIA (February 15, 2007) – At the recent World Allround Speed Skating Championships which were held in Heerenveen, the Netherlands on February 9, 10 and 11, 2007, the ice was fast and the athletes were at the top of their game. The high quality of the facility’s ice surface received the attention of the skaters, which amassed dozens of records.

After a weekend of intense competition between the world’s leading speed skaters, Sven Kramer (NED) and Ireen Wüst (NED) were crowned the 2007 World Allround Speed Skating Champions. In total there were 23 personal bests, six track records, two national records and one world record on 10.000 meters, as well as two track records, four national records and 11 personal bests for points. All of the major European networks were on hand to cover the event and over 12,000 people attended the competition daily.

The amazing quality of the ice surface was enhanced by two new Zamboni® Model 552 electric ice resurfacers and the Thialf Arena’s new control system which maintains the air, temperature, and humidity in the building to provide the best possible conditions for the maintenance of an excellent ice surface.

Imbema Controls Ltd, the Zamboni Company’s distributor in Holland, delivered the new Zamboni machines to Thialf in anticipation of the event. Zamboni maintains a branch office in Zurich, Switzerland and many of the Company’s representatives (including the grandson of Frank J. Zamboni) were on hand to see the events in Heerenveen.

According to Lambèrt Prüst, CEO of Imbema Controls: “Thialf wants to have the fastest track – one suitable for world records – therefore they’ve selected the best ice resurfacer for the task. The Zamboni brand has been in use at Thialf for over 20 years and they follow a thorough maintenance schedule to ensure the best performance.”

The Model 552 is built in Paramount, California at the Zamboni Company’s factory. There are two Zamboni factories: one in Paramount, and the other in the City of Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

With a history that spans over 50 years, the Zamboni Company preserves its founder’s legacy through continuing innovation and its support of the ice sport industry. As the leader in ice resurfacing technology, Zamboni remains the overwhelming choice for ice rink operators throughout the world.

Attachment: NEWS_RELEASE_World_Speedskating_Champs_021507

Frank J. Zamboni School Dedicated in Paramount, CA: 2006

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PARAMOUNT HONORS FRANK J. ZAMBONI WITH A SCHOOL IN HIS NAME

PARAMOUNT, CALIFORNIA (June 9, 2006) – The Paramount Unified School District recently paid tribute to the inventor of the world’s first ice resurfacing machine. The Frank J. Zamboni School, with students attending from kindergarten through the eighth grade, was officially dedicated on June 9, 2006, with many of Frank’s family members (his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, cousins and extended family) on hand.

The event was led by the Paramount Unified School District, with the Superintendent, the Paramount City Council and many other community leaders in attendance. The school is named in memory of the Paramount resident whose innovations brought ice skating to the community and smooth ice to the world. Frank Zamboni came to Paramount in 1920, not knowing that his innovative spirit would change the surface of ice rinks around the world. He engineered and patented a unique ice floor in 1939, and in 1940 he and his brother Lawrence and a cousin opened Iceland in Paramount, California – one of the largest ice rinks in the country with 20,000 square feet of skating surface. Since its opening, Iceland has since been host to millions of skaters, recreational, professional and Olympian alike.

While the engineering and determination which brought Iceland to life was impressive, Frank’s work on his most recognizable accomplishment began after the opening of the ice rink. He realized that to be successful in the ice business, he would need to reduce the amount of time required to resurface the ice sheet. Frank started to experiment with the concept of a machine which would simplify the resurfacing process. After years of effort and numerous attempts, the Zamboni ice resurfacing machine became a working reality and shortly thereafter a necessity at ice arenas around the world. The resulting Model A ice resurfacer was the world’s first self-propelled ice resurfacing machine. This machine was fully restored in 1998 and is on display at Frank’s original ice rink.

Frank had a natural ability with mechanical objects, and although he did not complete his formal education, he received 15 patents during his lifetime. His engineering genius was recognized by Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. on May 15, 1988, when he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering. Frank Zamboni was inducted into the Ice Skating Institute’s Hall of Fame in 1965 and the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in February of 2000 and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2006.

Frank Zamboni was instrumental in unifying the towns of Hynes and Clearwater as the City of Paramount and lived with his family in the city until he passed away in 1988 at the age of 87.

With a history that spans over 50 years, the Zamboni Company preserves its founder’s legacy through continuing innovation and its support of the ice sport industry. As the leader in ice resurfacing technology, Zamboni remains the overwhelming choice for ice rink operators throughout the world.

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ZAMBONI Inducted Into World Figure Skating Hall Of Fame: 2006

For Immediate Release

FRANK J. ZAMBONI TO BE INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME

PARAMOUNT, CALIFORNIA (February 24, 2006) – The World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame President Hugh C. Graham, Jr., M.D. recently announced the 2006 election of Frank J. Zamboni to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Frank will be inducted posthumously during the 2006 World Championships in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in March. Richard Zamboni (Frank’s son and the President of Frank J. Zamboni & Co., Inc.) will accept the award in Calgary on behalf of his father.

Frank Zamboni’s innovative spirit literally changed the surface of ice rinks around the world. He not only engineered and patented a unique ice floor in 1939, but in 1940 he and his brother Lawrence and a cousin opened Iceland in Paramount, California – one of the largest ice rinks in the country with 20,000 square feet of skating surface. While Frank managed the rink, he realized that to be successful in the ice business, he would need to reduce the amount of time required to resurface the ice sheet. Frank spent nearly a decade developing a workable machine. The resulting Model A ice resurfacer was the world’s first self-propelled ice resurfacing machine. In 1949, Frank applied for a patent (which was granted in 1953) for what would become his most well-known design – the world’s first self-propelled ice resurfacing machine. In 1950 he established Frank J. Zamboni & Co., Inc., also in Paramount, which along with a Canadian Zamboni manufacturing facility in Brantford, Ontario, produces the company’s ice resurfacing machines.

Zamboni’s background in the ice industry originates fro the ice-making plant he helped to establish in 1927, which sold ice wholesale to fruit and vegetable packing plants. Frank had a natural ability with mechanical objects and although he did not complete his formal education, received 15 patents during his lifetime. The son of an Italian immigrant, Frank was born January 16, 1901. his engineering genius was recognized by Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. on May 15, 1988, when he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering.

Frank Zamboni was inducted into the Ice Skating Institute’s Hall of Fame in 1965 and the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in February of 2000.

Richard Zamboni was extremely proud when it was announced that his father would be inducted into the World Figure Skating Museum’s Hall of Fame, joining legendary skating icons and industry friends including many with whom he worked closely – Sonja Henie, Richard Dwyer and John Nicks to name a few. When he received the news, Richard said: “My dad would be especially proud to know that his commitment to ice sports and the industry is being recognized by the World Figure Skating Museum. He is joining a group of people that have made significant contributions to skating and that would have meant a lot to him.”

With a history that spans over 50 years, the Zamboni Company preserves its founder’s legacy through continuing innovation and its support of the ice sport industry. As the leader in ice resurfacing technology, Zamboni remains the overwhelming choice for ice rink operators throughout the world.

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ZAMBONI Machines On Ice In Torino 2006

Paramount, California, July 25, 2005 — The Zamboni Company has participated in many historic events, but one of the most prestigious continues to be the Winter Olympic Games. The 2006 Winter Olympic Games, which are being held in Torino, Italy, will be a “homecoming” of sorts for the Zamboni Company. Frank Zamboni’s mother was born in a village just west of Torino, located in northwestern Italy.

The Zamboni Company’s regional distributor, Intercom-Dr. Leitner, is the Official Supplier and Sponsor of ice and snow equipment for the 2006 events. Each of the ice arenas in Torino will be using Zamboni exclusively for their ice resurfacing needs. The “fleet” of Zamboni machines will be comprised entirely of the electric powered Model 552.

The Zamboni® Ice Resurfacing Machine made its Olympic debut at the Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California in 1960. The Squaw Valley Games were the first to use a mechanical ice resurfacer, with six Zamboni machines maintaining the ice sheets. It was also the first time that the Olympic Games included an artificially refrigerated 400 meter speed skating oval. As the Games approached, Frank Zamboni was working on his latest innovation: an electric version of the ice resurfacing machines, which until that time had been powered with gasoline or propane. As the Games began, the very first electric Zamboni ice resurfacing machine moved out on to the Olympic ice surface at the Blythe Arena and history was made.

Since that time, the machines have had a presence at every Olympic ice event. Most recently, the machines groomed the ice in Salt Lake City, Utah for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Zamboni’s Olympic participation through the years continues to be a source of great pride for the Company.

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