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Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena

Binghamton, NY – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston joined David and William Maines and Broome County Legislator Daniel J. Reynolds to commemorate the official name change from the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena to the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

 

“We are excited to see the new signs go up and to officially start our partnership with the Maines family,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “This Arena serves as a memorial to our Veterans and what better way to show that than to name it after a local Veteran.”

 

“This is an honor for our father who fought for our country. He would have been so proud to have his name associated with the Veterans Memorial Arena.  His devotion to the military and veterans makes this an especially heart-warming event,” stated David and William Maines.  

 

The name change became official on September 30th.

 

As part of the 5 year agreement, which could be extended an additional 15 years, the Maines family is paying the County $75,000 per year for the life of the agreement.

 

Broome County retains operations and maintenance for the building.

 

Aside from the unveiling of the new signs on the outside of the building, a bronze plaque was unveiled in honor of Floyd L. Maines, which will hang inside the Arena.

 

The Maines family also announced it will be participating in the Broome County Veterans Discount program, as well as providing Veterans in attendance with tickets to an upcoming hockey game.

 

"The Maines family has been a great partner in this and I’m pleased to see the new name of the Arena will highlight a local Veteran and community leader who had such a positive impact on our community," said County Legislator Daniel J. Reynolds. 

 

Floyd L. Maines, Jr., born in 1921, was a native of Binghamton, graduating from Binghamton Central High School in 1938. He attended Miami University of Ohio where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and was a member of Delta Epsilon. He played defensive end on the football team and boxed in the Golden Gloves boxing league. After graduation, Floyd joined the Navy and started training in Washington, D.C. for the elite Underwater Demolition Team. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant and was deployed in Europe to the Naval Technical Intelligence Department, where he played a key role in constantly developing anti-mining technologies

to respond to Germany’s ever-changing mine deployment strategies.  Floyd’s influence in changes needed to the structure of the Underwater Demolition Team helped create the Navy Seals.

 

Floyd had planned on joining the FBI after the war, but was asked by his father to join the family business, Maines Candy Company.  Through Floyd’s leadership, Maines Candy Company was transformed into a multi-billion dollar food service distribution company now referred to as Maines Paper & Food Service.  Floyd passed away on July 12, 2007.

 

Maines Paper & Food Service is one of the largest independent foodservice distributors in the country. A third generation, family owned business, Maines has a 90-year history of helping restaurant owners and managers maximize the performance of their restaurants and foodservice operations. Their customized distribution process and many other consultative services result in lowering costs and improving profitability for their customers. In addition to the Broadline and customized foodservice divisions, Maines offers their products through their retail division MaineSource; chemical and beverage equipment sales, installation and service through ServiSolutions; all of the day-to-day and highly specialized produce needs through Maines’ Produce Express; internet based recruiting and hiring services through WyckWyre; internet based restaurant operational tools through WhenToManage; and restaurant consultative services through its consulting division Restaurant Results, Inc.  Maines has a revenue base in excess of $3 billion and their services are provided by more than 2,000 highly motivated associates serving their customers from twelve distribution centers with coverage in 36 states.

 

 

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10/01/2014 - 1:35pm