So it began. RinkWater Version III was introduced. . Like the Tampa Bay Lightning acquiring Vinny Lecavalier through draft picks – like the Dallas Stars picking up Tyler Seguin. It was like the Pittsburgh Penguins adding Phil Kessel in a head-shaker of a deal that won them the cup.
It has to be faster, sleeker, better looking (well maybe the Kessel thing doesn’t apply in this instance) and ready to work. It needed to be sexy… and that it was.
Keyless entry, full vinyl wrap graphics, powered hose reel that could take 250 feet of hose without blinking, and a heater that didn’t even blink at -50 Celsius. It was conceived, built, assembled, tested, CSA approved and ready for a Patent application. That Canadian patent pending status was achieved in April 2016.
Then the RinkWater team hit the road. After receiving RWIII in March of 2016, it was quickly assembled for a trade show in Edmonton, Alberta, carted from small town to small town and shown to anyone who would listen. Upon completion of that show, RWIII was put through its paces both at -50 Celsius and +40C, just to make sure it was ready for anything. The ETC Centre in Airdrie tested the unit and tried to break it – but it wouldn’t budge. Then we actually flowed water through it. And it worked!! It worked so well, no other modifications were required and the interior mechanical was ready for The Bigs!
More shows ensued. Alberta Facilities Providers was another excellent success. Not only that, but the NiceRink boards made their debut as well to a very warm reception. RWIII was a success and it was proven that we had something special.
But there was more! The City of Calgary had committed to our original RWIII design for Prairie Winds Park and when we put the box into production, RWIV was born and is even better with redesigned locks, new hose porthole design and an easier to access mechanical area.