BY RYAN WELLICOME
Three additional sponsors of the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex were announced at a press conference at the Lacombe Memorial Centre (LMC) on Tuesday.
Border Paving Ltd. and Kles-Air Mechanical Ltd. have become new sponsors of the arena scoreboards, along with Central City Asphalt Ltd. as sponsor of the Hall of Fame.
“(Our sponsors) are demonstrating their commitment to making a positive impact in the community, and their investments will help the City better serve user groups and meet the long term sports and recreational needs of local residents,” said Deputy Mayor and Councillor Bill McQuesten.
“We thank (our sponsors) for their generous contributions.”
The announcement comes on the heels of two previous sponsorship announcements.
First, Gary Moe Auto Group became the chief sponsor of the sportsplex, garnering naming rights to the sportsplex itself.
Second, Can Pak Environmental Ltd. and Freightliner of Red Deer became sponsors and holders of naming rights to the arenas and curling rink, respectively.
When asked about the large amount of support and sponsorship the sportsplex is receiving, McQuesten said, “I’m not surprised. I’ve been here for quite a few years and it’s kind of the norm for this community.”
McQuesten stressed the importance of the sportplex’s sponsors.
“They are phenomenally important because, in order to make this project work to the extent that it has, we’ve needed to bring sponsorship on board,” he said.
“This is a wonderful opportunity.”
Border Paving Ltd. has sponsored one scoreboard for each arena while Kles-Air Mechanical Ltd. has sponsored a second scoreboard for Arena 1; all located within the Can Pak Environmental Ice Complex.
“We are very proud to be a sponsor of this newly renovated sports facility for the city of Lacombe, an important long-term customer,” said Border Paving Ltd. President Vic Walls.
“It’s really our thanks that you get for our ability to give back a little to the communities in which we work.”
Border Paving Ltd. is a 51-year-old family-owned asphalt paving company based out of Red Deer.
Kles-Air Mechanical Ltd. President Sheldon Klessens said, “It was an easy decision,” when he was approached regarding sponsorship.
“(The arena) is something that has been part of my life growing up and still is to this day,” he said.
Kles-Air Mechanical Ltd. is a Lacombe-based company that specializes in residential and commercial heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems.
Both companies will have naming rights to their respective scoreboards on which their logos will be displayed.
“The name is just a small part of it. It’s helping out the community,” said Klessens.
Central City Asphalt Ltd. has sponsored the Hall of Fame – to be located on the complex’s second floor – thus, garnering naming rights.
“Right off the get-go we thought it was a great opportunity to get involved,” said President Wayne McLachlan.
“We depend on these communities to make our livelihood and when we get an opportunity to give back we appreciate it.”
Renovations to the Gary Moe Auto Group have been underway since April of this year.
The bulk of the work is concentrated around the addition of new dressing rooms and washrooms and updating the main lobby.
The renovations are scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2017 with the largest portion done by December of 2016.