Frank J. Zamboni created the first ice-resurfacer, he originally was in the refrigeration business.  He created a plant for making ice blocks that could be used in refrigeration. As the demand for ice blocks fell, he looked for another way to capitalize on his expertise with ice.  In 1939, Zamboni created the Iceland Skating Rink in Paramount, California. The process to resurface the ice called for three or four workers scraping, washing, and squeegeeing the ice then adding a thin layer of water for fresh ice. This was a time consuming procedure and Zamboni wanted to find a more efficient way.

In 1947, he decided on a machine that would do everything the workers did. An army surplus vehicle chassis served as the base.  He mounted a blade on the machine, which would shave the ice then it would then receive a thin layer of water creating a smooth sheet of ice. The prototype had a tank that held the ice shavings, which were carried to the tank via a conveyor belt.  Zamboni abandoned this model in late 1947 because of deficiencies with the blade and handling.

From the 1950s to 1964 Zamboni continued making models and adjusting them. His models went from A to F.  Some changes he made through out the years were adding a tank, changing the frame of the machine, changed to front wheel steering,  adjusting the driver seat up higher for better visibility and increases the size of the tank.