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May 2014 MIAMA Newsletter Article by Jon Balvance

Good Morning MIAMA members -

This month we have our annual spring workshop at the Chaska Community Center on Tuesday, May 6th. This is always a first-rate event with great attendance by our MIAMA membership. It’s a great opportunity to learn some valuable information in regards to the R-22 Phase out, updates on &, network with your fellow arena members and check out the latest items available at the Trade Show. I’d like to thank this year’s Spring Workshop co-chairs, Shayne Radcliff from Lakeville Arena’s and Jon Jackson of Becker Arena Products for their hard work in setting up this event.


With spring finally upon us, many facilities have their ice out and are utilizing the time for some much needed annual maintenance within the building and grounds. This is an excellent opportunity to step back and walk the facility as if it was your 1st time in the facility.

Take a walk around the outside of your building with a notebook and take some notes:

Is your front entrance clean and appealing for your patrons?

Does your parking lot need repairs, re-striping or parking lot lights need replacement?

Have you, your staff or contractor finished the spring ground cleanup?

When’s the last time the landscaping has been addressed?

If applicable, is the irrigation system up and running properly?

Then walk around the inside of your building:

Are the dasher-board screws all tight & board anchors tightened?

Do you need to replace any gaskets on your rink glass?

Are the safety pads near the player benches still in good shape?

When’s the last time you lubricated the doors around your ice sheet?

Are the benches still stable or in need of repair?

These are just a few of the things to take a look at when you have some downtime in the Spring/Fall.


A few things going on with MIAMA in 2014:

The MIAMA fall conference returns to an old friend in Breezy Point this fall. This will be our associations 39th Annual Fall Conference. Sign up information should be available sometime in July. The Fall Conference Co-Chairs are busy putting together another excellent educational opportunity for our membership. The dates of this year’s Fall Conference are September 2-5th.

The will be 3 MIAMA board positions available this fall. If you have interest in joining the board, please contact MIAMA President Craig Flor or any MIAMA Board Member.

MIAMA Retiree Alumni Group wants you!

            The MIAMA Retiree alumni group is looking for new members. This is an excellent opportunity for you to share your experience with another group of arena managers. Please contact Walt Bruley at 218-340-0532 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested.

Jon Balvance

Out-state MIAMA Board Representative

Arena Manager
Saint Thomas Ice Arena

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Hello MIAMA members!

My name is Steve Mateski with Hillphoenix, Inc. Hillphoenix is a new member of MIAMA and I'd to introduce our company and its Advansor CO2 Transcritical technology to the MIAMA members.

Hillphoenix is the largest operating division within Dover Corporation. Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenues of $8 billion. Hillphoenix is the largest manufacturer of supermarket refrigeration in the world. We also specialize in CO2 transcritical manufacturing with the Advansor brand and have nearly 1,000 CO2 transcritical applications worldwide.

Hillphoenix has brought this CO2 expertise to the Ice Arena industry and will be designing and manufacturing the refrigeration plant for the first U.S. transcritical CO2 direct system in Anchorage, AK in the fall of 2014. The Hillphoenix direct transcritical CO2 system is a great alternative to synthetic refrigerants and ammonia as it's a non-flammable, non-toxic natural class A1 refrigerant. With the direct CO2 floor system, arena's can gain excellent heat transfer, much lower pump power and large amounts of high grade heat as well as non-regulation due to CO2's natural state.

Please contact me if you are interested to learn more.

Thank you!

Steve Mateski

2415 Holly Lane N.

Plymouth, MN 55447


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RJM Construction

New Member in 2014

In March, RJM Construction joined MIAMA as a vendor member. As a general contractor with more than 17 years of experience in ice arenas, the RJM team has assisted with the budgeting, planning and construction of more than 20 ice arena and locker room projects, including facilities used by the NHL. We understand the specific needs of the end users and help guide clients in making effective building infrastructure, systems and material choices.

The connection of MIAMA and RJM will provide RJM a better understanding of client needs, and MIAMA members a reliable construction resource.

RJM performs as an extension of ice arena staff, analyzing all details of the project to achieve the best value. We understand the extensive planning involved in building an ice arena or adding on to the facility.

Our most recent example is the Plymouth Ice Arena, where we are providing construction management services for an expansion. Owned by the City of Plymouth, the ice arena will receive a 7,500-sq.-ft. addition to be used as a training center for hockey players of all levels.

Our team has provided traditional general contracting, design/build partnerships and construction management services to local municipalities for more than 10 years. Headquartered in Minneapolis, with offices in Denver and Phoenix, RJM has more than 150 specialized staff members and an approximate annual construction volume of $200 million. For more information, visit or follow on Twitter at @rjmconstruction.

Contact us

Brian Recker, Senior Vice President


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Paul Kolias, Project Executive


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