News From the Ice Rink and Arena Industry

Read interesting articles and features from around the industry, new product introductions and innovations, and company updates from Becker Arena Products.



May 5, 2018

Robb Olexin Receives National Merit Award

Robb Olexin, National and International Sales Consultant for Becker Arena Products, Inc.,  was recently awarded a National Merit Award at the Ice Sports Industry (ISI) Conference in Washington D.C.  The National Merit Award is presented to individuals or facilities in recognition of national support of the ISI and its purposes.

Presenting the award on behalf of ISI was Gerry Lane, ISI Board Member and Skating Director at South Suburban Family Sports Center.  During the introduction, Gerry recapped Robb’s extensive involvement in the ice rink industry, starting his career as an ice arena operations manager, and working in construction, project management, and ultimately sales for the past 16 years at Becker Arena Products. Robb is also an avid speaker at trade industry conferences and continues to give class instruction during education seminars.  Robb has always been and continues to be a wealth of knowledge for Becker Arena Products customers and employees whenever questions regarding their facility or the industry comes up.

When asked about being chosen to receive the National Merit Award, Robb commented that it was nice to be recognized by his peers for his work within the industry.

About Becker Arena Products, Inc.
Becker Arena Products is an industry leader and manufacturer of hockey dasher boards for both indoor and outdoor facilities.  The company is located in Shakopee, Minnesota and serves ice rinks all over the world with many products needed to build, renovate, and operate a successful facility. 


About Ice Sports Industry
The Ice Sports Industry is an international industry trade association encompassing all aspects of the ice sports industry.  Founded in 1959 as a nonprofit organization for owners, operators and developers of ice skating facilities, ISI also created America’s original learn-to-skate program and has introduced more than 10 million individuals to the wonderful world of ice skating.

May 13, 2017 

Jim Becker Receives Frank J. Zamboni Award

Jim Becker, Becker Arena Products, Inc.’s Founder and CEO has recently received the Frank J. Zamboni Award for his innovative work in the design and installation practices of dasher boards in the ice arena industry. 

This prestigious honor recognizes those who have made significant and lasting contributions in engineering and/or technical advancement in the sport of ice skating or the operation of ice skating facilities.

Introducing and presenting the award at the recent Ice Skating Institute (ISI) Conference was Doug Peters, Regional Sales Manager, Zamboni Company.  During the introduction, Jim was acknowledged for his development of many innovative designs for dasher boards and rink accessories that have been installed in thousands of ice rinks worldwide. He has worked with numerous architects, engineers, rink owners and operators to help design state-of-the-art ice rink facilities.

Jim has expressed how honored he is to have received this award.  The staff at Becker Arena Products are all happy to see his work and in a sense, the company recognized. 

About Becker Arena Products, Inc.
Becker Arena Products an industry leader and manufacturer of Hockey Dasher Boards for both indoor and outdoor facilities.  The company is located in Savage Minnesota and serves Ice Rinks all over the United States as well as internationally with many products needed to build, renovate and operate a successful facility.

About the ISI
The Ice Skating Institute is an international industry trade association encompassing all aspects of the ice skating industry.  Founded in 1959 as a nonprofit organization for owners, operators, and developers of ice skating facilities, ISI also created America’s original learn-to-skate program, now known as weSKATE, and has introduced more than 5 million individuals to the wonderful world of ice skating.

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March 23, 2017

A new NJPA contract has been awarded to Becker Arena Products, Inc.... "We are very excided to continue our partnership with the NJPA allowing us to offer a such a great purchasing option to our customers" Says Ric Schommer, COO.   Details and contract number to follow soon.

The National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) is a municipal contracting agency and member-owned cooperative with more than 50,000 agencies. Members are legally allowed to purchase off NJPA contracts while satisfying their own local bidding requirements – saving them valuable time, resources, and money!  For more information on the NJPA go to


March 1, 2017

Becker Arena Products Introduces New Dasher System

Becker Arena Products, Inc., Savage Minnesota recently introduced a new dasher system for City Park and Recreation Departments looking for an outdoor seasonal ice skating rink or simply a recreational barrier for year round activities.  The Signature Series 5.0 Park and Recreation Dasher System is an affordable alternative to molded plastic systems and can be either a permanent or portable installation.  This system is functional and esthetically pleasing so it will look great wherever it is used.  Designed to perform in every weather condition, with some very simple maintenance it will last for many years!  This versatile system is currently being used in various locations, such as city parks, shopping mall parking lots and on college campuses.


September 13, 2016

Becker Arena Products Inc. Announces Dave Woog has been added to the sales team.

Dave will serve as our new account manager for the western region of the United States. He will be working closely with the ice rink owners, operators and builders on current and future projects.

We are most fortunate to have Dave on our team. He is an enthusiastic, seasoned professional who is dedicted to helping customers achieve their goals and objectives.

Mr. Woog will be stationed out of our Savage Minnesota office frequently traveling throughout the west. The states in his territory are: Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.


February 18, 2016

Becker Arena Products Inc. Announces COO Appointment

Becker Arena Products, Inc. is happy to announce Ric Schommer has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, a new position with Becker Arena Products. 

There will be a transition period for Ric from Director of Sales & Marketing still reporting direct to Jim Becker, President and CEO.

“I have tremendous confidence in Ric’s abilities to help lead this company with laser-focus on operational excellence,” said Jim Becker. "Ric’s business skills along with his ability to coach and communicate is a perfect fit in our culture."

 A major part of Ric’s COO role will be to lead the execution of strategies developed by the top management team.

Among other skills, Mr. Schommer’s background includes Vice President of Operations at Steven’s Fabrics where he helped grow the business from a 10 Million – 25 Million dollar company in 5 years maintaining customer expectation levels and developing new processes.

“I know the burdens, constraints and distractions that can take away from being successful ”, says Mr. Schommer, “but I also know how that having systems, defined expectations and a strong work force can help reduce the obstacles that hinder success!  "I am incredibly energized and excited for this opportunity and look forward to seeing the company reach its full potential”.


October 29, 2014

Becker Arena Products Announces Staff Changes

Becker Arena Products is excited to announce the addition of Todd Lang to our sales staff as the new Rink Equipment Resource (RER) Manager, the Used Equipment division of Becker Arena Products. Todd comes to Becker Arena Products with many years of experience in both sales and the hockey industry (including coaching his son in the Eden Prairie, MN youth hockey association).

Todd's primary focus will be to continue the growth and expansion of RER. As you need to Buy, Sell and Trade-in products, Todd will be there to assist you with any questions you may have. Part of the Becker Arena Products difference is to offer a worry free project; RER is a resource to help you move your old equipment out as you get ready for your new purchases from Becker Arena Products.
Todd Lang

November 2011

Johnson Controls chooses Becker Arena Products, Inc. to distribute their Icemax ® Ice Inducer Product

Becker Arena Products, Inc. has been named the exclusive U.S. Ice Rink Distributor for the product, Icemax. As a parts per million additive to ice rink water, Icemax provides an economical way to generate a superior ice surface and reduce energy costs. Icemax is a "must have" for a rink manager that is concerned with faster turnovers, harder ice and lower energy bills.

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in over 150 countries delivering products, services and solutions that increase energy ifficiency and lower operation costs in buildings for more than one million customers.

Becker Arena Products is excited and ready to offer another solution to all ice rinks who may be struggling with their energy costs.

Full announcement coming soon.

October 2010

Becker Arena Products awarded NJPA Contract #08190-BAP

The National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) is a municipal contracting agency and member-owned cooperative with more thatn 34,000 member agencies. Members are legally allowed to purchase off NJPA contracts, while satisfying their own local bidding requirements - saving them valuable time, resources and money!

Becker Arena Products Provides the access, NJPA brings the expertise - and you win!

August 2010

Becker Arena Products wins another exclusive distributorship.

Becker Arena Products is now the exclusive distributor for 4 SportFLOOR product lines including Classic Supreme, Classic Supreme Speckle, Decor Tile and Decor Flex.

July 2010

Becker Arena Products has NEW IMPROVED formulas for the entire Lumin'Ice product line

The new formulas include the white base coat powder (Basic or Pro) and the liquid line and logo paint. You no longer have to mess with an additive with our powder Pro paint, all our brighteners are in the powder's pigment making this new formula an improvement of convenience and appearance.

May 2009

Becker Arena Products, Inc. Opens Office In New York as seen in RINK Magazine May/June 2009 issue

2009 will be a year of reflection and celebration as Becker Arena Products enters their 20th year in business. read on...

New Ice Rink Products Available Exclusively through Becker!

The IceTec IT8 enables rink managers to precisely measure and record ice depth and port the information through the IceTec IT8 software program to a desktop or laptop computer. The software also allows the operator to give direction to the ice technician, record the corrective action taken and also enables comparison readings to previous measurements. All ice depth readings are archived by rink location, by date, and can be used to track ice depth through the season.

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