For Immediate Release
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.