Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association



Information for the MIAMA Membership
Dave Black

Welcome New Vendor Member - Zero Zone Inc

Zero Zone, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of industrial refrigeration systems for ice arenas, cold storage, and food processing. Established in 1961 in the upper Midwest, Zero Zone for over 20 years has provided custom refrigeration chiller systems for ice rinks. The chillers are indirect refrigeration systems, utilizing propylene or ethylene glycol. Chillers remove heat from a liquid through a vapor compression or absorption refrigeration cycle when large capacity cooling is needed. Chiller systems are used in many applications including food processing, distilleries, and manufacturing. Zero Zone is also a foremost manufacturer of refrigerated glass door display cases and commercial refrigeration systems for supermarkets, drug, dollar, and convenience stores. Zero Zone has display case plants in North Prairie and Waukesha, WI and a refrigeration systems plant in Ramsey, MN.

The Zero Zone design uses an advanced control system to monitor ice temperatures, signaling the chiller to run only the amount of refrigeration required to maintain desired ice temperature. This innovative control system enables the rink manager to monitor and receive alarms from the chiller, in his office or at a remote location. This technology results in lower operational costs because it better matches the load. For ice rinks this means having more compressors when needed to make the ice surface and fewer operating to maintain the ice surface. Most Zero Zone ice arena packages include two refrigeration circuits, providing redundancy and ensuring that one is always operational. Customers are very pleased with both the reliable performance of our chiller systems and their unparalleled energy efficiency. For more information, visit us at www.zero-zone.com or call us toll-free at 800-708-3735 and ask to speak to one of our industrial refrigeration specialists.

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                                    Marketing & Advertising Manager

                                    Zero Zone, Inc.

                                    110 N. Oakridge Drive

                                    North Prairie, WI 53153

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Dave Black

August Board Member Update

In 1970 a group of 15 rink managers formed, The Metro Arena Manager’s Association. To acknowledge its growth the association renamed itself, The Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association (MIAMA) in 1975.  Over these years the mission of the association has never wavered from its original mission, to provide a network where arena operators and suppliers can share in their knowledge, information, ideas, and techniques to improve the ice arena industry.   

This year marks the 40thAnnual Fall Conference that will be held at Breezy Point Resort in Brainerd. Whether you’re taking one of the STAR or ISI Certified courses being offered or listening in on one of the many round table sessions this year’s conference promises to be an exciting and fulfilling time.  

Guest Speakers include, Joe Malarkey, which will make you forget about your rink problems for a while, Lou Nanne, do I need to say more, and Jerrid Sebesta, award winning TV (KARE 11) meteorologist, motivational speaker, and financial life coach.   To review all the information regarding the conference go to www.miama.org

The annual Fall Conference is a great time to reflect back and look ahead. Get your registration in and gear up for Breezy Point September 9-11th as you need to be part of our 40th year benchmark.

I would like to say thank you to everyone who assisted in bringing this year’s conference together, without the help of many this event would be just a shell. Shaping the Fall Conference each year offers a neat challenge and I recommend that you give it a try in the future.  Joining and working on a committee is always a good way to give back to the association and a great chance to learn a different angle within the industry that you can take back to your own work place.

I would also like to say thank you to the board members. This was my second stint on the board, one when I was just getting into the business a few years back, and my current that will end this fall .  Both terms were very educational, fun, and entertaining.  I would recommend anyone, rookies and veterans alike, to take the time and become a board member.  It’s well worth the time.   

Rich Czech 

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Travis  Larson

$2 million appropriated for new round of Mighty Ducks grants

The 2015 Minnesota legislative session appropriated $2 million for improvements to ice hockey arenas in another round of Mighty Ducks funding. The new round of Mighty Ducks grants will be administered by the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission (MASC.)

The legislature directed the MASC to focus the grants on eliminating the use of R-22 refrigerant and improving the indoor air quality of arenas.

The legislation stipulates grants for the rehabilitation or renovation of equipment to improve air quality may not exceed $200,000. Grants for the rehabilitation or renovation necessary to eliminate R-22 may not exceed $50,000 for indirect cooling systems and may not exceed $400,000 for direct cooling systems.

The grants will require a minimum dollar-for-dollar match from non-state funding sources.

MASC will publish new grant application documents on its website by August 1, 2015. It is expected that the deadline for applications will be in October.

Last year, the MASC awarded 11 grants totaling $1.5 million. Communities that received Mighty Ducks grants last year included Austin, Champlin, East Grand Forks, International Falls, New Hope, Sartell, West St. Paul, White Bear Lake, Winona, and the Dassel-Cokato and Kittson Central School Districts.



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