Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena To Be Renamed 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 announce that Maines Paper and Food Service has acquired the naming rights for the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.


Starting July 1, 2014, it will be known as the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

“This is a great partnership between the Maines Family and Broome County,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “We feel this partnership will help market the Arena better and help attract even bigger events than it already does. And I want to assure people that ‘Veterans’ will never be removed from the name of the building.”


“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 agreement runs for 5 years and could be extended for an additional 15 years through three, five year renewals.  Maines will pay $75,000 per year for the life of the agreement.


Broome County retains operations and maintenance for the building.


"It's fitting that the new name will highlight a local Veteran and community leader who had such a positive impact on our community," said County Legislator Daniel J. Reynolds.  “This sponsorship will go a long way in keeping the Veterans Memorial Arena a top entertainment venue in our area and I look forward to our continued partnership with the Maines family.”


The Arena anchors downtown Binghamton as a center for a wide variety of sports, concerts, expos, and family events. It continues to provide a constant stream of top-class events to the Greater Binghamton area.


The 5,000-seat Arena is home to the Binghamton Senators (American Hockey League), as well as shows headlined by musical guests such as Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Daughtry, Celtic Thunder, Kenny Rogers, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, as well as comedy acts Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Dunham. It also hosts family friendly shows including Disney on Ice, Disney Live, the Shriners Circus, the WWE, and the Harlem Globetrotters.  


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 CEO Chris Mellon stated, “This is another opportunity that Maines Paper & Food Service Inc. has engaged in to help with veterans memorials.  In addition to strong support for the “Wounded Warriors” program, Maines is active in ongoing recruitment efforts with veterans and were recently recognized for our “Boots to Drive Program”.


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.




03/03/2014 - 2:34pm