The name change was announced at a news conference at the Arena. Maines Paper and Food Service purchased the naming rights for $75,000 per year over five years with options to renew.
"The one thing that was very important to me when we started with this was to meet with the veterans to make sure that this was going to be okay with them before we did anything," said county executive Debbie Preston. She said it was important all along that the words Veterans Memorial remain a part of the name.
Floyd Leigh Maines Jr. was the second generation owner of the business that started as a candy company 95 years ago. Maines expanded the distributor into paper products. He was also a Navy Lieutenant who served in a bomb dismantling squad that eventually evolved into the Navy Seals. He died in 2007.
"We have a lot of people on staff that have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Terry Walsh was our COO and is a veteran. His son served two tours in Afghanistan. Matt Carr, who is Chairman's Exemplar which is the highest award given in our organization, served two tours in Afghanistan. They all deserve that recognition as much as the gentlemen here today," said Chris Mellon, president and CEO of Maines Paper and Food Service.
Also at the announcement were Floyd's sons David and Bill Maines who currently oversee the company's operations.
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