Highbury Canco take over naming rights to main rink at Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex

by Chris Thompson, Windsor Star

The company that purchased the former Heinz plant in Leamington is also taking over naming rights for the hockey arena that carried its predecessor’s name.

Highbury Canco Corporation, which purchased the former Heinz plant in May 2014 after its closure was announced in November 2013, has pledged $140,000 over the next seven years to have its name on the main arena at the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex.

“We see this as an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the community and our employees, and we are confident our contribution will improve the experience of those who visit the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex,” said Highbury Canco president and co-owner Sam Diab.

The arena will be known as the Highbury Arena.

The money will also help pay for upgraded Wi-Fi throughout the complex, colour LED exterior signage, an upgraded sound system in the weight room, and new weight room and lobby televisions.

“It’s these types of strong partnerships with our local corporate businesses that ensure the ongoing growth of our community, making Leamington a better place to live, work and play,” said Leamington Mayor John Paterson.

Highbury Canco preserved 250 full-time jobs after the Heinz closure and has since added another 75.

“We have big shoes to fill in this community, and it will take time for us to get there,” said Diab. “I am confident that with our strong workforce and community support, there are great things to come for Leamington and Highbury Canco.”

David Honsberger

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