Resurfice Corporation

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Resurfice Corporation
Private
Founded 1967; 50 years ago (1967)
Founder Andrew Schlupp
Headquarters Elmira, Ontario, Canada
Area served
Worldwide
Website Official website
Olympia ice resurfacer at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Resurfice Corporation is a manufacturer of ice resurfacing equipment based in Elmira, Ontario, Canada. Their Olympia brand product line includes push models through full size models built on a Chevy Powertrain.[1] In early 2009, Don Schlupp, the company's director of sales and marketing, said that the company had about a 70% share of the market in North America,[2] but later that year the company said it produces about the same number of machines as Zamboni.[3]

The company was selected as the official supplier of ice resurfacing equipment to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver in a lease of 17 machines. This also included a contract to develop battery powered machines resulting in the development of the Olympia Cellect. The Cellect is powered by NiCad batteries, recharges fully in 6–8 hours to provide 30-35 resurfacings before recharging.[2][4] A pair of Olympia Cellect resurfacers failed while working the ice at the speed skating venue during the olympics forcing organizers to quickly bring in a Zamboni resurfacer in use at the speed skating venue in Calgary used in the 1988 Winter Olympics.[5][6][7] Resurfice issued a press release stating that the issues were due to maintenance issues, not design.[8]

While competitor Zamboni was named official ice resurfacer of the National Hockey League, this was largely for licensing purposes and some NHL teams such as the Carolina Hurricanes and Vancouver Canucks continue to use Olympia machines, even featuring them in television commercials.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Ice-Rink Resurfacing Man Cometh". Los Angeles Times. August 17, 1999. pp. E2. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Walcott, Matt (February 3, 2009). "A victory of Olympic proportions; Resurfice Corp. of Elmira to lease ice resurfacers to Olympics". Waterloo Region Record. 
  3. ^ "As Economy Stumbles, the Zamboni Glides On". New York Times. May 22, 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Olympia Cellect product information". Resurfice, Inc. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Maintenance to blame for ice resurfacer issues". Toronto Sun. February 18, 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Shaun White Fans Shut Out as Olympic Glitches Pile Up". Business Week. February 17, 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Canadian ice-resurfacer snafu highlights rivalry with U.S. giant Zamboni". Yahoo Sports, Canada. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Olympic ice machine malfunctions an issue of maintenance, not design: manufacturer". Press Release. Resurfice. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  9. ^ Dregni, Eric (November 15, 2006). Zamboni: The Coolest Machines on Ice (1 ed.). Voyageur Press. p. 80. ISBN 0-7603-2439-5. 

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