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Jackets Announce Plethora of Partnerships

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets


Columbus-area Skyline restaurants become team’s newest corporate partner

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Wednesday that Skyline Chili restaurants are the most recent addition to the hockey club’s family of corporate partners.

As an official partner of the Blue Jackets, Skyline Chili will receive in-game promotional opportunities, broadcast media inventory and signage on all in-arena locations where Skyline Chili’s famous Cheese Coneys will be sold during games and special events.

“We’re excited to welcome Skyline Chili as a new partner on the corporate side and as a new concessions choice for our fans at Nationwide Arena,” said Paul D’Aiuto, Columbus Blue Jackets Vice President of Corporate Development.

“Skyline Chili is proud to be in the Columbus community and affiliated with a great Columbus original in the Blue Jackets,” added Tom Allen, Skyline Chili Corporate Vice President.

About Skyline Chili: In 1949, Nicholas Lambrinides began serving his delicious secret recipes to appreciative customers. Since then, Skyline Ways, Coneys and fast table-side service have been enjoyed by generations. Skyline Chili serves its Cincinnati-style chili in over 140 restaurants and thousands of grocery stores, making it one of the truly unique regional taste sensations in America. Skyline is dedicated to bringing friends and families together for an experience like no other. Skyline Chili is synonymous with Cincinnati-style chili throughout the world. For further information, please visit

Donatos Pizza renewal highlights most recent partnership announcements

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Wednesday that Donatos Pizza has signed a multi-year deal to renew its corporate partnership with the hockey club. The Columbus-based company has been affiliated with the Blue Jackets since the team’s inaugural season in 2000-01.

The primary elements of the integrated partnership gives Donatos in-arena signage, in-game promotional opportunities, as well as print and broadcast media inventory. Donatos is also continuing their long standing commitment to youth hockey in central Ohio by remaining the title sponsor of the Blue Jackets Junior Jackets, the learn to skate programs taught at the Chiller North, Chiller Easton and Chiller Dublin. Donatos-branded jerseys are also seen on the Blue Jackets Future Jackets, the youth teams that are showcased during intermissions at several Blue Jackets home games.

Founded in 1963 by Jim Grote, Donatos currently operates pizzerias in over 170 neighborhoods in five states.

Also today, the team announced a new partnership with Columbus-based Environmental Pest Management which makes the company the official pest control provider for Nationwide Arena. In addition, corporate partnerships were renewed with Artina Promotional Products (official promotional products provider), Haydocy Automotive, Medical Hair Restoration, Oglebay Resort in West Virginia and Vincent Graphics.

IGS Energy highlights most recent partnership announcements

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Wednesday that IGS Energy has signed a multi-year deal to renew its corporate partnership with the hockey club. IGS has been associated with the Blue Jackets since the 2001-02 season.

In addition to traditional in-arena signage, the newest component of IGS Energy’s enhanced partnership with the Blue Jackets includes the introduction of a blimp that will fly throughout the arena bowl during intermissions. IGS also has dasher board signage at Chiller Dublin, Chiller Easton, Chiller North and the Dispatch Ice Haus. Finally, IGS Energy will continue to sponsor the Blue Jackets Breakaway Tour, an interactive “hockey carnival” that travels throughout the state of Ohio each summer.

Also today, the Blue Jackets announced the renewal of Max & Erma’s and Sugardale. Columbus-based Max & Erma’s, a partner since the team’s inaugural season in 2000-01, will have in-arena signage and in-game promotional opportunities. As the official hot dog provider of the Blue Jackets, Sugardale will offer “Dollar Dog Nights” at select home games. Sugardale also receives signage at Nationwide Arena and all three Chiller locations.

About IGS Energy: IGS Energy is one of the largest natural gas marketers in the United States. Based in Dublin, Ohio, IGS serves over one half million customers in six states. IGS helps both residential and business customers control energy costs by providing fixed and variable rate natural gas plans. With a fifteen year track record of growth, IGS Energy continues to lead the industry with innovative, customer focused products.

About Max & Erma’s: Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Max & Erma's entered its fourth decade in business in 2003. From a single, neighborhood restaurant that opened in 1972 in the German Village section of Columbus, Max & Erma's has grown to more than 100 company-owned and franchise casual dining restaurants. Max & Erma's grew up in the Heartland, but its footprint now extends from the East Coast to Nevada, and Green Bay to Atlanta.

About Sugardale: Sugardale Foods, a local favorite since 1920, supplies the region and the nation with delicious hot dogs, bacon, ham, luncheon and deli meats as well as pepperoni and salami. Visit for great recipes and meal suggestions.

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