“We are enthused with this partnership,” said Fred Pond, Ridgid president. “Our product development teams will have the chance to work closely with the Indians’ maintenance staff to try new tools and make their operations more efficient. Our customers enjoy baseball and will have a chance to interact with the Ridgid brand in a great venue.” Pond added, “We are extremely proud of our Ohio heritage and to be associated with the storied tradition of the Cleveland Indians.”
In addition to using Ridgid tools at the Indians’ Progressive Field, maintenance staff will attend training on RidgidConnect™, an online business tool for trade professionals to securely share, store, and simplify jobsite information for a project via computer or smart phone, and will have the opportunity to use it in their work.
Fans can enjoy themselves at the new Ridgid Jobsite Bar in Progressive Field’s market pavilion in center field. Before certain home games, Ridgid staff will be on hand to demonstrate the latest in tool technology to fans. The sponsorship agreement also includes signage, home game contests, product showcases and information, live radio mentions, and the opportunity for a Ridgid selectee to throw the first pitch at a home game.
“We are very excited to partner with a Northeast Ohio company in Ridgid that has such a rich tradition in our area and within their industry,” said Vic Gregovits, Cleveland Indians senior vice president of sales and marketing. “This unique partnership will make an impact not only in the community with the scholarship fund, but will enhance the Progressive Field experience for our fans with the remodeled Ridgid Jobsite Bar and the innovation Ridgid’s experience will bring to the continual maintenance of our ballpark.”