For Immediate Release
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.