July/August 2019

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OTIS, TAKE THIS CAN OF BUG SPRAY AND GET RID OF THE PESTS. STOP! STOP! WE'RE LEAVING!!! WE'RE LEAVING, WHAT THE... SPRAY THE PESTS!!! THE PARENTS AREN'T THE PESTS!!! AAAAAAAAARRRGGGHHH!!! 16 / JULY.AUGUST.2019 USICERINKS.COM Industry News Updates from around the rink Mayekawa Brings Energy Efficiency to York University , In 2016, Canlan Ice Sports replaced three of its 250 HP screw compressors in its six-pad arena, located at York University, with three MYCOM 6M reciprocating compressors with the goal of reducing energy and operating costs. In 2018, Mayekawa staff checked on the progress and were pleased with the results. The facility had reduced total compressor HP from 750 to 375, eliminated oil loss, and electricity consumption had reduced by 24% while improving ice quality. With additional fine-tuning, the facility has increased this energy reduction to 36% in the first four months of 2019. The York facility is one of Canlan's most energy efficient facilities both in Canada and the U.S. For more information, email info@mayekawausa.com or visit mayekawausa.com/pdf/brochures/M-report_5.pdf. Athletica Sport Systems Inc. Acquires Becker Arena Products , Athletica Sport Systems Inc., the world leader in the design, manufacture, installation and service of dasher board systems, announced the acquisition of Becker Arena Products Inc. Becker is a premium provider of dasher board systems and arena aftermarket products targeting community and multiuse entertainment facilities across the U.S. "This acquisition of Becker follows on our 2018 integration of Cascadia and will complete Athletica's footprint across North America," said Andrew McRae, CEO of Athletica. "As we began our acquisition strategy, we looked for similar customer centric brands and Becker has the leading reputation in the community arena space. This is a great strategic fit that will allow all our businesses to leverage each other's engineering expertise, product technology, manufacturing capabilities, and industry relationships. Our greatest differentiator is our ability to innovate and listen to our customers." Becker has a long and prominent history in the sports infrastructure industry, supported by the deep talent and reputation of Jim and Gail Becker and their team. Athletica is excited to join forces and together be able to better serve our customers with industry-leading products in more geographies, including Becker's sales and operations facility in Shakopee, Minn. and existing facilities in Waterloo, Plymouth, Vancouver and Beijing. Our mission will continue to be focused on bringing innovative products to market underpinned by exceptional customer service. "Gail and I are both excited to partner with Athletica and look forward to new opportunities as we work together servicing the ice rink industry," noted Jim Becker. "We are committed to serving our customers with the highest quality products and services that they have come to expect. In looking for a successor for the business, we felt our values closely matched those of Athletica." J PHOTOS: MAYEKAWA RINK RANGERS by Mike Curti BEFORE AFTER

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