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The Home City Ice Company has experienced many changes throughout its history before becoming the multi-million dollar company it is today. Its origins begin with William Ruskamp, who first located the business on South Side Avenue in Riverside in 1896. By 1900, he moved the company to Mississippi Avenue in Riverside. In that same year, William J. Holthingrichs bought the company from Ruskamp and named it the Riverside Ice Company. But, in 1910, Holthingrichs renamed the company The Home City Ice and Coal Company, taking the name of a nearby neighborhood, Home City, OH (which is today Saylor Park). In 1911, Gottlieb Hartweg bought the business and moved it to Ivanhoe Avenue in Home City, OH the next year. Harweg's son Fred inherited the business upon his father's death in 1924.

Beginning in the early 1920s, Frank Sedler, a self-taught engineer who sold cooling machinery for the York Refrigeration Company, began making sales calls to the Home City Ice Company. Determined to convert the company's machinery from steam-powered cooling equipment to electric, Frank purchased capital stock in the company when it incorporated in 1924. Sedler sold his home and invested $4,000 in the Home City Ice Company. He was elected president in 1924 because of his vast technical knowledge. Frank proceeded to modernize the company and changed the focus of the company to concentrate solely on ice production and delivery.

The Home City Ice Company's sales and profits grew each year. In 1928, the Home City Ice Company purchased an ice-making plant in Aurora, Indiana and expanded to serve Southeastern Indiana in addition to western Cincinnati.

The Home City Ice Company had a few commercial accounts during the early years of its history, but the majority of the company's business came from home deliveries. Before electric refrigerators were inexpensive and readily available, people kept their perishables in iceboxes. Large blocks of ice, usually cut from lakes and streams in the winter months, cooled the iceboxes. Ice companies such as Home City Ice printed books that allowed for ease of delivery and price breaks. Customers simply put these coupons on their icebox for the right amount of ice needed, letting the iceman deliver the correct amount of ice.

During the Great Depression, company growth remained fixed, but stockholders received yearly dividends. However, the metal rationings of World War II helped the Home City Ice Company's sales. Because the new metal refrigerators and freezers were scarce, people had to keep their old iceboxes, providing a steady market for the Home City Ice Company.

After the war, consumers began to buy the new electric refrigerators, causing the Home City Ice Company's home delivery sales to slowly decline. By 1953, the home delivery market had disappeared completely. Home City Ice relied on its commercial accounts to gain profits. A boost in sales came with the invention of the coin-operated ice-dispensing machine, which the Home City Ice Company placed in areas outside of its traditional market during the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Employees can work evenings, weekends, days, or any combination of shifts –whatever fits your needs and schedule. Home City Ice offers flexibility of jobs, too. Employees can work, for example, as baggers in the summer and drivers in the winter. Employees can choose what job they’d like, coming in.
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You can't make a julep without the shaved ice

Area company heralds busy season


- When the ice is gone, the party's usually over.

Lou McGuire knows this better than most.

McGuire is vice president of sales for Home City Ice Co., a Tristate powerhouse that sells $68 million worth of ice every year - including several truckloads to Churchill Downs in Louisville for the Kentucky Derby.

Three-quarters of the company's business is done during the five warmest months of the year, beginning with the Kentucky Derby today..

"The Derby is what gets our season started," McGuire said.

"The season starts now - we're off and running."

Home City Ice, which has unassuming offices on Harrison Avenue, says it's the largest family-owned ice company in the country. A week before the Derby, it starts preparing for its ice runs to the racetrack in Louisville.

"We have about 10 trucks involved - tractor-trailer and route trucks, 14 to 48 feet long - and about 20 people involved," McGuire said.

The Kentucky Derby is a unique client for Home City Ice in at least one respect: the shaved ice for mint juleps.

"We supply ice to a lot of special events, but none of them call for the special type of ice that the mint juleps take," McGuire said.

The mint julep has been the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby since about the 1940s, according to Tony Terry, director of publicity for Churchill Downs.

A mint julep is an alcoholic drink made of bourbon whiskey, or sometimes brandy or rum, sugar, crushed mint leaves and shaved ice.

More than 80,000 mint juleps are expected to be served at this year's Derby.

Chicago-based Levy Restaurants, the food service company catering the event, will use about 200,000 pounds of ice on Derby Day "for everything from icing down mint juleps to keeping the food cold," Levy marketing director Ann Pendleton said.

Terry said it's always a gamble on how much ice actually will be used at Churchill Downs on Derby day.

"Like with any party, if you invite 80 people, you better have food for 80 people. If 60 show up, you're going to have food left over," said Terry. "But there is no left-over ice."
Mission Statement
Home City Ice is an industry leading, full service ice company. Out mission is to improve, continually, our product and service to meet and exceed our customers’ needs which allows us to grow and prosper as a business and to provide value for our stakeholders.
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Currently, Home City Ice retails ice across all of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and West Virginia, as well as parts of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, New York, and Maryland. Home City Ice manufactures 3,700 tons of ice per day in 24 state-of-the-art manufacturing plants and 23 distribution centers throughout the Midwest.

Think of Home City Ice as bottled water in a bag! It begins with our sophisticated purification process. By freezing water from the “inside out” all impurities are eliminated, leaving drinks tasting better. Drinks also look better since there is no air trapped in the cube which can leave a cloudy appearance. You’ll also find Home City Ice cools drinks faster and lasts longer than ice made at home. Our convenient 8 lbs. bags fits perfectly in your home ice maker… offering you that great taste everyday!
Nancy Faillace
6045 Bridgetown Road
Cincinnati, OH 45248
Phone: (513) 598-3013 Ext.3197
Fax: (513) 574-5409
College students can work at Home City Ice during their summer break in their hometowns, and then continue to work throughout the winter months at the location closest to their college.