TAMPA, Fla. – The United Soccer Leagues, LLC, today announced Iowa Rotocast Plastics (IRP) as the Official Beverage Cart and Food Kiosk Supplier. Iowa Rotocast Plastics will be an official supplier for all related properties, including the United Soccer League – one of the most respected professional soccer leagues in North America – USL’s Division III, the Premier Development League (PDL) and the Super Y League. In addition, the merchandising displays leader will maintain a presence at the USL’s annual Winter Summit in December.
“Iowa Rotocast Plastics has built a sterling reputation on delivering high-volume manufactured products that exceed their client’s expectations of quality and durability, and we are delighted to have them as a useful resource for the teams in our league,” said USL President Jake Edwards. “With the increase of soccer-specific venues in the league over the next three years, Iowa Rotocast Plastics will provide cost-effective products to help our teams deliver an unforgettable match-day experience for players and fans.”
IRP, founded in 1986, is an established leader in merchandising displays for the food and beverage industry and manufactured food service equipment for use in stadiums and arenas. IRP’s entire process is streamlined because all elements of design and manufacturing are kept in-house, allowing maximum efficiency and quality control. This means all projects ship straight from the facility where they are designed and fabricated. Not only is this cost-effective, but because IRP makes what they sell, the customer incurs no middleman markups.
“Iowa Rotocast Plastics is looking forward to this opportunity to showcase our equipment while increasing ROI for USL league properties,” said Brent Storhoff, Regional Director at Iowa Rotocast Plastics. “With the continued growth that is being experienced by the USL, IRP feels we are a perfect fit to help all teams with needed concessions equipment. Having the right equipment is crucial to spectator engagement and enhancing the overall fan experience.
“Customized equipment should not apply only to the permanent, built-in concession areas. Many existing stadiums and arenas require mobile supplemental concessions in unrealized spaces to alleviate long lines and relieve congestion. Consideration must be given to many factors, such as allotment for space, traffic patterns, possible exposure to elements and the architecture of the venue. IRP is well-equipped to handle projects of all quantities, whether a client needs one cart or 100.”
Over the next five years, the USL will oversee the expansion of an estimated 30–40 new franchises at the second and third divisions of professional soccer, creating numerous opportunities for potential suppliers and vendors to support this growth. For many of these new and current franchises, Iowa Rotocast Plastics will serve as an invaluable resource as USL clubs continue to build soccer-specific stadiums.
Through its Preferred Supplier Program, the USL will connect suppliers with both new franchise owners and existing USL clubs looking to deliver the best possible experience for fans. Preferred suppliers must meet the USL’s strict quality standards. These are “Best in Class” companies that provide services and products to professional franchises and stadium developers. The USL is currently in discussions with suppliers that support stadium development, as well as the buildout of team front offices and operations.
For more information on the USL Preferred Supplier Program, contact Josh Keller at Josh.Keller@uslsoccer.com.
About Iowa Rotocast Plastics Group:
Iowa Rotocast Plastics, Inc. (IRP) is a privately-held company founded in 1986. IRP has significant experience in the design and creation of carts and kiosks for venues, stadiums and arenas. IRP equipment can be found in over 200 collegiate, semi-professional and professional sports venues spanning six continents. All IRP equipment is designed and fabricated in Decorah, Iowa. The IRP family of brands also offers a wide range of products, including a line of premium outdoor coolers and cups known as Grizzly Coolers and ice-down merchandising solutions suitable for on/off premise promotion.