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Where Do Ice Men Go? Guest Editorial
A Note from Long Ago
February 2021 Vol. 204 │ No. 2 ISSN #0034-3137
Investigation into Fatal Gas Leak At Georgia
EDITORIAL STAFF Editor/Publisher Mary Y. Cronley firstname.lastname@example.org (404) 819-5446 Senior Staff Writer Joe Cronley email@example.com (404) 295-5712
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The Iceman Never Dies. They Just Melt Away
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of traditional business values through good products, respectable pricing, and most importantly ‘customer satisfaction’! This level of service are some of the key elements to their success. For years now, Sea Isle Ice has been part of the RouteMan family and has had tools Classified like the Dispatch and the Dashboard to be advertisements able to manage their fleet. “RouteMan powered by KCS does much more for usby withregion technology than just maximizing truck delivery service,” claims Joe Romano, the President. “We are very pleased with RouteMan and everything KCS has done to support our family values and tradition of excellence in customer service.”
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Device 14: Lost and Found One morning, Darrell Mount answered the phone at the KCS office and guess who was calling? The Brigantine Police Department in New Jersey! Someone had lost a printer and it was laying on the side of the road. The only clue De- board map. Darrell punched in Brigantine, NJ and quicktective Sergeant John Glasser ly figured out that our closest III had, was that the printer case had a RouteMan logo on it. RouteMan company was Sea Isle Ice. He Googled RouteMan and Sergeant Glasser said he when Darrell answered, he Sea Isle Ice, knew Findcan uswe onreturn Facebook at asked, “How this recognized exactly where it was located, printer, we don’t know who it facebook.com/refrigeration-magazine belongs to?” No problem! Dar- and would be happy to return it. Thank you Sergeant! rell pulled up our KCS Dash-
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A Note In a box of photos, I found this note I wrote to my parents, on Refrigeration stationary. For all I know, they were visiting an ice association convention in a lovely place. Covid has changed our way of getting together, but time has a way of keeping us close anyway. This random note, written to my folks, on tangible evidence of how my father made his living and kept us fed, make this a treasure now. A full life knowing the ice folks. This month, a longtime ice guy, Mike Landino, shares some info that he’s gathered from his many talks with many of you. It appears elsewhere in this issue, in typed lettering, not crayon. Best to you, and thanks for reading.
Mary Cronley EDITOR/PUBLISHER REFRIGERATION MAGAZINE
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ICE MEN NEVER DIE THEY JUST MELT AWAY
Elvin Harward Ice Man 1937-2019
HAVE YOU EVER KNOWN A COMBAT VET AND NOTICED HOW THEY COME OUT OF THEIR SHELL AROUND OTHER VETERANS? THESE MEN WOULD NEVER, IN MOST CASES, SPEAK TO THE UNINITIATED ABOUT THE HORRORS THEY WITNESSED. BUT WATCH AS THEY RELAX AROUND OTHER MEN OF VALOR WHO, LIKE THEY, HAVE BEEN THERE AND BACK. SEE THEM LAUGH, AND SOMETIMES CRY AS THE RECOUNT THE PAST.
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atch, if the opportunity presents itself, a retired or ex ball player as he comes to the games, this time as a spectator. See his eyes light up at the crack of the bat or at an exceptionally good play being made. Sometimes it is just the sight of the vast display of grass that widens his smile. Follow him as he is invited into the dugout for a chat with his fellows. Watch again as the retired factory worker visits the fabrication shop, he spent forty years giving his time, heart, and sometimes his blood, to help created a product that helped make the world go around. Every so often, we need to be around the people, the equipment, the sights, and the smells, we dedicated our life to. It is no different for the ice man. He spent a lifetime producing a product that each of us have used and taken for granted. So many industries, but too many to count, depend on the product this man produces. Hospitals and FEMA are just two of the institutions that would not have the success they have saving lives if not for a product called ice. And sadly, the public has no idea what goes into the process of owning and operating a packaged ice plant. Elvin Harward did. Never had a man worked as hard as Elvin. A family man, his time was devoted to the National Guard, one full-time job and one part time job, owning and operating a packaged ice plant, and what time remained, loving his wife and raising a family. Elvin was the very first man I had met when I entered this industry thirty years ago. I was, to say the least, very intrigued.
At eighteen years old, Elvin joined the National Guard. The year was 1955. That same year he began work at the local steel plant as a scarfer. His job was to carry around a thirty-five-pound torch for eliminating imperfections on the steel. When activated, this touch yielded out 180 pounds of pressure. It took a man of iron to place it properly where it needed to be directed. While continuing as a member of our armed forces, and working for the steel plant, he began insulating homes. His service in that industry began in 1960 and continued for the next twenty-five years. If that was not amazing enough, the man started a packaged ice plant. Tour Ice of Central Utah began in 1972. In between, he raised a family of three boys and three girls. If ever a monument was to be built to the virtue of hard work, Elvin would be first ballot. In 1985, after working part time for twenty- five years insulting homes, Elvin retired from that to give more time to his growing ice plant. The next year, 1986, his role as a full-time steel worker, after thirty-one years, came to an end. With more time on his hands, he gave the National Guard his full-time service, while running the ice plant evenings and weekends. As a leader in his Army unit, he was responsible for rebuilding and remodeling the National Guard headquarters in Draper, Utah. His outfit, a construction unit, was called up during Desert Storm. In 1995, Elvin retired from military service as a Warrant Officer 4 after forty years serving our country. Heart disease in 2000 and a series of mini strokes slowed the man but did not stop him.
ice plant’s operations until finally, in 2015, physical restrictions, along with dementia, brought on, partially, by his heart disease, sent him to the sidelines. Never a man to be idle, Elvin continued to go the ice plant, but now with one of his sons as chauffeur. And they watched, with broad smiles, as the sound of the ice makers discharging their load of ice, and the sound of the bagging machines punching out dozens of bags per minute, and, the sound of the employees joking and laughing, and sometimes arguing amongst themselves, kept the old man going. Elvin Harward was a man of many talents. His work ethic represented a man from his generation. May he be an inspiration to all of us. RM
“...the public has no idea what goes into the process of owning and operating a packaged ice plant. Elvin Howard did. Never had a man worked as hard as Elvin.”
But an ice man he remained. Proudly he watched as his sons and daughters assumed more and more of the day-to-day responsibilities of the REFRIGERATION Magazine │ February 2021 7
S. Abraham & Sons Shifting 2021 Trade Show to Virtual Event Abraham & Sons (SAS) Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, a subsidiary of Imperial Trading Co., will hold its 35th annual Vendor Exhibit & Trade Show virtually for an extended period this year. The theme of the 2021 event is “Blueprint for Success - Building Solutions for the Convenience Store Retailer.” This marks the first time SAS has held a virtual version of its trade show. It held a virtual version of its annual Foodservice Show in July 2020, as Convenience Store News previously reported. Retailers will have a seven-week period, running through Feb. 26, to place orders on The Marketing Arm Trade Show portal. Vendor presentations, videos and images will be available on the portal for ease of item recognition and knowledge.
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Live video meetings can be scheduled between retailers, manufacturers and broker partners to see and understand the newest industry trends, new items, foodservice programs and retailer merchandising ideas. “We learned a lot in 2020 and being flexible to adapt to new opportunities in the industry has proven successful for SAS,” the company said in a released statement. The virtual show will feature more than 2,700 items, including 350 new items. SAS will also highlight its private label programs, including Beantown Coffee and Fruitridge Farms, a solution for freshly made sandwiches, salads and baked goods. Additionally, the SAS roller grill program offers a variety of options, including Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, Johnsonville, Tornados, Don Miguel and Bahama Mama. SAS will debut a new look and name for its “Hot Off the Grill” program in the near future, just in time for the peak of the roller grill season, the company said. A subsidiary of Imperial Trading Co., Grand Rapids-based SAS is a grocery distributor servicing convenience, grocery, drug, campus retail and small-format stores in eight Midwest states. Headquartered in Elmwood, La., Imperial Trading has six distribution centers serving 17 states. RM
ice storage & metering systems The Ultimate Babysitter When you go home for the night, the last thing you want to do is worry about what is going on at the ice plant. Used as a surge bin, the KEITH® Ice Storage & optimizing run time for the ice machine and by storing ice for processing during work hours. Bins are built to last using the best FDA approved food grade materials and are driven by reliable WALKING FLOOR® technology. Low Maintenance • Higher Quality Ice • No Ice Buildup True FIFO Rotation • Horizontal Metering • Vertical Comb Built to Last • Superior by Design ®
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Investigation Into Fatal Gas Leak At Georgia Poultry Plant Could Take Years
he nitrogen gas leak at the Foundation Food Group plant in Gainesville, Ga., on Jan. 28 killed six people and sent 12 others to the hospital. A fatal nitrogen gas leak at a poultry processing plant in Georgia occurred as unplanned maintenance was being done on a recently installed processing and freezing line, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board said Monday. The leak at the Gainesville, Ga., Foundation Food Group plant killed six people, sent 12 others to the hospital, and forced the plant’s 130 other workers to evacuate. A release of liquid nitrogen gas pushes out oxygen from the air and makes it unbreathable. The New York Times, citing a Foundation Food Group spokesperson, reported the accident was the result of a ruptured line carrying liquid nitrogen, which is used to freeze chicken. A representative from the company didn’t respond to NPR’s request for comment on that report.
Federal officials said they wouldn’t speculate on the cause of the leak. They shared new information about the search for answers into the Jan. 28 incident, but cautioned the investigation was incomplete.
Shortly after entering the plant following the leak, investigators found tools near an immersion freezer, which had major pieces of its system installed between four and six weeks before the leak.
Katherine A. Lemos, the CEO and chairwoman of the Chemical Safety Board said during a media briefing of the accident Saturday, “Depending on the complexity of the investigation, it may take up to several years.”
Lemos said a maintenance manager shut off an external isolation valve pumping liquid nitrogen into the processing lines soon after the leak started, likely preventing further damage.
Two victims of the leak who were hospitalized have been released. The condition of the third person, who was admitted in critical condition, has improved, the agency reported Monday. EARLY DETAILS According to Chemical Safety Board investigators, the leak occurred at a production line where chicken is processed, seasoned, and cooked, and then frozen and packaged.
The Chemical Safety Board’s does not have the authority to issue fines, citations, or criminally charge anyone or a company at the end of its investigation. Instead, investigators aim to “understand what happened, what led to the event and why it occurred, so that we can recommend changes to prevent future occurrences.” The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also investigating the leak. RM
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Debbie, We Wish You The Best We at KCS are proud to announce the retirement of Debbie Boothe. Like many of you, we are saddened that we will not be working with Debbie on a day to day basis, but happy for her future plans in retirement. Debbie Boothe has been part of the KCS family for approximately 15 years and exclusively working with RouteMan for the past 12. She’s served in many roles such as trainer, technical support, software tester, and of course, our official KCS team cook. We aren’t sure which one of these attributes we will miss most about her. For many of our clients, she is the first and sometimes only member of the team they’ve ever met in person. Debbie has been an exemplary employee, and she has become a personal friend to hundreds of you in the RouteMan family over the years. Debbie’s friendship, hard work, creativity, patience, dependability and thoughtfulness have been incredible assets to our company as well as all of yours. Her impact on the way we serve our customers will leave a lasting impact for
years to come. We at KCS will strive to continue her level of service she has provided over her many years to our clients.
Debbie has moved to Kentucky where she and her husband Tom are building a home and plan to enjoy living down the street from her grand-children. Debbie, we wish you the best and God Speed!!!
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Company Focus: Since 1965, Sea Isle Ice has been providing hundreds of satisfied customers with fresh, clean and pure ice. As a family owned and operated business, Sea Isle Ice understands the importance
“I WAS IMPRESSED BY THE PROFESSIONALISM AND QUICK SERVICE I GOT WHEN I CALLED KCS.”
- DETECTIVE SERGEANT, JOHN “JACK” GLASSER III
of traditional business values through good products, respectable pricing, and most importantly ‘customer satisfaction’! This level of service are some of the key elements to their success. For years now, Sea Isle Ice has been part of the RouteMan family and has had tools like the Dispatch and the Dashboard to be able to manage their fleet. “RouteMan powered by KCS does much more for us with technology than just maximizing truck delivery service,” claims Joe Romano, the President. “We are very pleased with RouteMan and everything KCS has done to support our family values and tradition of excellence in customer service.”
Device 14: Lost and Found One morning, Darrell Mount answered the phone at the KCS office and guess who was calling? The Brigantine Police Department in New Jersey! Someone had lost a printer and it was laying on the side of the road. The only clue Detective Sergeant John Glasser III had, was that the printer case had a RouteMan logo on it. He Googled RouteMan and when Darrell answered, he asked, “How can we return this printer, we don’t know who it belongs to?” No problem! Darrell pulled up our KCS Dash-
board map. Darrell punched in Brigantine, NJ and quickly figured out that our closest RouteMan company was Sea Isle Ice. Sergeant Glasser said he recognized Sea Isle Ice, knew exactly where it was located, and would be happy to return it. Thank you Sergeant!
Keet Consulting Services, LLC | www.kcsgis.com | office: 205-620-9843
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About the Only Way to Stop a Polar Temp
When your ice merchandisers become your ice problem, it’s time you try Polar Temp. Refrigeration
Polar Temp checks all the boxes. Built stronger than the others, they are checked and re-checked before leaving our factory to give you years and years of trouble-free service. Quality and longevity are engineered into each merchandiser. For more information on our full line of Ice Merchandisers please call the factory sales office nearest you.
www.PolarTemp.com GA: 800.554.4852 | CA: 866.746.0437 | CO: 877.376.0367 | NC: 866.827.3232 | TN: 877.984.5945 | TX: 866.598.4206 14 REFRIGERATION Magazine │February 2021
ASHRAE Plans 2021 Conferences The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and AirConditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is planning the following virtual conferences for this year. ASHRAE was formed in 1959 through the merger of the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE), founded in 1894, and The American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE), founded in 1904.
2021 ASHRAE Virtual Design and Construction Conference March 8-10
Ventilation 2021: 13th International Industrial Ventilation Conference for Contaminant Control August 15-18 Toronto, Canada
IAQ 2020: Indoor Environmental Quality Performance Approaches Transitioning from IAQ to IEQ
September 13-15 Athens, Greece
2021 ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference
The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
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CLASSIFIEDS Ad Index American Ice Equipment Exchange, aieexchange.com..................................... 19 Automatic Ice, automaticice.com............................................................................. 2 Classified Ads..........................................................................................................18-20 Ice Systems & Supplies Inc. (ISSI), issionline.com..................................................... 15 Ing-Tech Corporation (ITC), itcpack.com....................................................... 16 & 18 Keet Consulting Services, LLC (RouteMan), kcsgis.com......................................... 17
CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Rates are $1.00 per word, with a minimum charge. Any blind ads, with an assigned box number c/o publisher, add $10.00. Deadline for upcoming issue is the 1st of the previous month.
KEITH Manufacturing Co., keithwalkingfloor.com..................................................... 7 Matthiesen, matthiesen.com.................................................................................... 10 Modern Ice, modernice.com...................................................................................... 5 Polar Temp, polartemp.com....................................................................................... 9
NATIONWIDE/INTERNATIONAL USED EQUIPMENT FOR SALE 1-800-599-4744 | itcpack.com ICE MAKERS
• VOGT P24A ICE MAKERS (2) • VOGT P34AL W/ HIGH SIDE
• 20 HP KRACK CONDENSER • LIQUID OVERFEED VALVE PACKAGE • 6.5 BOHN W/ EVAP CONDENSER W/ UNIT COOLER • MARLEY TOWER W/ PUMP
• LEER BL39 W/ REMOTE CONDENSER • TURBO BP-360 BLOCK PRESS
• LEER ICE MERCHANDISERS IN STOCK • BAGS AND WIRE • PARTS • SPARE PARTS
•HAMER 125 – NEW, USED AND REBUILT • HAMER 125 W/ STAND & CONVEYOR • HAMER RING CLOSER W/CONVEYOR • HAMER 310 W/ 125 CLOSER • PALLET DISPENSER • SLIP SHEET DISPENSER • SS SHAKER W/ STAND
BAGGERS • VL - 510 • VLS - 510
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WEST ICE FOR SALE VOGT MID TUBE Pallets of 10 pound & 20 pound bags Pick up or delivery Beaver, Utah (Intersection of I-15 and I-70)
Made with award winning spring water!
SCREW AND BELT CONVEYORS
• HYTROL BELT CONVEYORS 10’ & 12’ • PORTABLE FOLDING INCLINE CONVEYOR - MODEL R • POWER 90 BELT CONVEYOR
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(877) 423-2423 tropiciceusa.com
We are located in Magog, Quebec, Canada 20 min from the border of Vermont. We can bag in other size for serious quantity.
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American Ice Equipment Exchange See pricing and pictures at aieexchange.com USED EQUIPMENT FOR SALE • North Star Model 90 flake Ice Makers • Vogt 18XT Mini Tube • Vogt 18XT Large Tube’ • Vogt 118’s 5 Ton Ice Maker 7/8, W/C • 2015 Tiger, turbo Ice Maker • Turbo CF 40 SC 20 Ton Ice Makers • Arctic Temp 4000 Lb Ice Maker • Kamco Ten Ton Moving Floor Ice Bins • Kamco Twenty Ton Moving Floor Ice Bins • Matthiesen 20 ton Moving Floor Ice Bin • Matthiesen 24 Ton Moving floor bin • Matthiesen 16 ton Moving Floor Ice Bin
• Matthiesen VL510, Top Load Bagger, Galv • Matthiesen Heat Sealed Bagging System • Ice Max 5800 Stainless Gravity Fed bin • Ice Max IBM600 300LB Block Maker • Turbo 30 Ton Rake Bin • Hamer 310 Form, Fill, & Seal 3 available • Hamer Ring Closer, To Include Belt Conveyor • Amcot ST-25 Cooling Tower • Marley 4821 Cooling tower • Bucket Elevator • Snow Crusher/blowers
• Perfection 25lb Ice Scorer • 20lb Ice Bags • 6lb Ice Bags • 7lb Ice Bags • JMC 4’ Belt conveyor 12”x10’ Stainless • Screw conveyor AND MUCH MORE! SEE OUR USED EQUIPMENT WEB PAGE AT “aieexchange.com”. Call for surplus ice! Polar Temp Equipment Mike Landino Toll-free 1-877-376-0367 E-mail: email@example.com
• SEE MUCH MORE @ aieexchange.com. American Ice Equipment Exchange • Mike Landino firstname.lastname@example.org • 719-650-0127 P.O. Box 5892 • Colorado Springs, Colo. 80931
MIDWEST FOR SALE P18XT Water cooled 460V Totally rebuilt 2year old Marley cooling Tower Model 492G
Call 507 838 8985
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Armstrong circulating pump 74 gpm,460v RPM 1760.
CANADA ICE EQUIPMENT FOR SALE • Magic Finger • (8) Turbo Ice Makers, 10 & 20 Ton • Cooling tower pumping station • Hamer 125 • 16 feet stainless steel auger • (3) power pack for freezer • Kamco bin • Forklift • Indoor/outdoor merchandisers • Ice bags
ICE EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
• Trucks • Other ice equip. and misc. items • 360 Turbo Block Press • Bagger
• Matthiesen Heat Seal Bagger • 10’x10” Incline Screw • Clinebell Ice Block Shaver • Matthiesen Ice Crusher • Various pumps, conveyors and hoists.
Contact Lino at
Contact Sonny at email@example.com Surrey, BC
NORTHEAST ICE CARVING TOOLS Plastic liners for clear block makers $1.24/ea Reusable drip pans from $6.50/ea Over 500 items in stock for Ice Carvers
or (440) 717-1940
FOR SALE Matthiesen Bulk Bagger, 5 years old. 8-29 lb. bag capacity. Call Kevin at Southern Connecticut Ice and Oil,
203-257-6571 or Kevinscio@yahoo.com
ICE FOR SALE Vogt Mini tube ice, 8, 20 & 40 lb. bags. All ice is screened, palletized & stretch wrapped. We deliver or you pick up. Our water is treated with ozone for sterilization. No chlorine added!
Martin’s Ice Company
Phone (717) 733-7968 or fax (717) 733-1981 PA
YOUR AD HERE To place a classified ad, contact Mary at (404) 819-5446 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The February 2021 issue of Refrigeration Magazine, the leading publication of the packaged ice industry, includes articles on marketing, pla...
Published on Feb 15, 2021
The February 2021 issue of Refrigeration Magazine, the leading publication of the packaged ice industry, includes articles on marketing, pla...