Every part Ice Inc. has chosen the Pittsburgh Penguins’ hockey range challenge | Native information
JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania – A growing Johnstown ice rink construction company has been selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the City of Pittsburgh to build an ice rink in an old building in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside section.
The Penguins, the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority are building a seasonal hockey rink at the 46,500-square-foot Hunt Armory in Shadyside, which would be the first public ice rink within the city limits in decades, according to a Penguins press release.
Everything Ice Inc. has been building permanent ice rinks around the world since 2007, but owner John Burley said production has increased since the company acquired Magic Ice USA earlier this year, a leader in the construction and rental of seasonal ice rinks based in Miami .
Burley said Magic Ice had sales of approximately $ 9 million over the next 12 months. Everything Ice’s permanent ice rink construction is well on track to generate additional $ 14 million in sales, he said.
The project with the penguins comes from a grant from the National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association to support efforts to make hockey easier for young colored players in neighborhoods, the penguins said in a press release.
Burley said the rink should be completed in October.
“The Pittsburgh Penguins were trying to turn the Hunt Armory into an ice rink,” said Burley. “The penguins had a relationship with Magic Ice and ourselves, and we’re close to home and the best in the business.”
Magic Ice was founded in 2000 and rented ice rinks all over the world. Brad Holland, Vice President of Magic Ice, said in a press release that working with Burley and his team will enable them to serve more customers.
“This is a natural home for Magic Ice, a place where it can thrive over the long term,” said Holland. “This acquisition enables Everything Ice to offer equipment rentals and other services not previously offered.”
To accommodate increased production, Everything Ice has invested in new, automated tools and machines at its Johnstown manufacturing facility. And next spring, Burley said, Salix’s offices will move to 850 Horner St., Johnstown, a former Penstan Supply building.
The expansion of Magic Ice’s operations also means Everything Ice now has locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Miami and Orlando, Florida, and Burley said he has short-term plans to open offices in Boston and Minneapolis.
Everything Ice is currently hiring for a variety of positions including project managers, buyers, welders, processors, field technicians, construction managers and sales directors.
Burley is also involved in other business ventures including partnering with Punky’s to mass-produce its softshells at 89 Poplar St., Johnstown. The equipment should be prepared there by October, he said.
Burley said he will also open a Tom & Chee’s grilled cheese and tomato soup franchise in Pittsburgh’s PPG Plaza. The Cincinnati, Ohio restaurant franchise has appeared on the hit television shows “Man vs. Food Nation,” “The Chew,” and ABC’s “Shark Tank.”
Russ O’Reilly is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter @RussellOReilly.
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