Home City Ice is an industry leading, full service ice company. Our goal is to continually improve our product and service to meet and exceed our customers' expectations. We have experienced many changes throughout our history before becoming the multi-million dollar company we are today. And through it all, the Sedler family has continued to own and operate Home City Ice.
Home City Ice's 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.
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.
Sedler purchased capital stock in Home City Ice when it incorporated in 1924. He 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, cooled by large blocks of ice, usually cut from lakes and streams in the winter months.
After the war, consumers began to buy the new electric refrigerators, causing Home City Ice's home delivery sales to slowly decline. Home City Ice relied on its commercial accounts to gain profits. A boost in sales came with the coin-operated ice-dispensing machine, which Home City Ice placed in areas outside of its traditional market during the late 1950s and early 1960s.
In 1962, Home City Ice began replacing the ice-dispensing machines with the "ice merchandisers" seen today. Home City Ice gained a contract to place these ice merchandisers, which sell bags of crushed ice, outside of area King Kwik stores beginning in 1962. As King Kwik expanded, so did Home City Ice, allowing their market to spread across Indiana and Southwest Ohio.
In the 1960s and 1970s, the Home City Ice Company purchased Latonia Ice in Kentucky, Valley Ice in Hamilton, and Middletown Ice as well as some other smaller firms.
In the 1980s, Home City Ice purchased Murray Ice and Coal in Columbus, Stockton Ice in Portsmouth and Columbus, City Products in Cincinnati and Columbus, and GICO in Gallipolis.
In 1990, Home City Ice acquired the Diamond Ice Company in Toledo. Home City Ice has continued its growth trend throughout the 1990s, and continues to be an industry leader and the largest privately owned ice company in the country.
Throughout the 1990s, Home City Ice produced commercials as "The Perfect Picnic Partners" along with JTM. Click here to visit our our Home City Ice History channel on YouTube.
In 2000, Home City Ice once again continued its growth, this time with the acquisition of Polar Ice, which covers the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Illinois.
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, Maryland, Georgia, Missouri, Wisconsin and Alabama. Home City Ice manufactures 4,900 tons of ice per day in 36 state-of-the-art manufacturing plants and 55 distribution centers throughout the Midwest.
On average, each one of Home City Ice's plants can produce up to 160 tons of ice a day. That's equivalent to 15 elephants. Combine all 36 production facilities and that's 5,700 tons a DAY or about 1,000 elephants!
Almost 80% of the customers we service are within a 25 mile radius of a distribution point allowing for quick, reliable and efficient service.
Home City Ice operates 36 facilities across 13 states. No one facility represents more than 5% of HCI's total capacity allowing for a reliable source of supply in case of mechanical failure, power outage or water advisories.
In 2010, over 400 packaged ice production facilities were inspected by NSF certified inspectors and only 25 received perfect scores of 100%. Home City Ice was awarded 11 of the 25 perfect scores.
Home City Ice stocks up on ice in 91 freezers across the region, so you don't run out of ice.
Our production facilities are up and running every day of the week and even sometimes through the night. That's to make sure you get as much ice as you need when you need it.
Home City Ice can produce bags of ice as small as 3 lbs, and as large as 1000 lbs. Whoa, now that's a big bag of ice!
Home City Ice has a fleet of over 725 vehicles available to serve our customers every day of the year.
Going into the 4th of July Holiday, Home City Ice will have almost 20,000 pallets of finished product available for immediate distribution to our customers.
Did you know that water is the only known substance where the solid state (ice) will float in the liquid state (water)?
Did you know that it takes 1 calorie of energy to reduce one gram of water one degree, but it takes 38x that amount of energy to turn one gram of water into one gram of ice?
Our unique production methods, the location of our distribution points, and our state of the art routing technologies allow HCI to have one of the smallest carbon footprints per unit in the packaged ice industry.
Our unique freezing process creates ice that is more pure than the water it's made from. It's called "natural filtration".
The Sedler family started Home City Ice in 1924. Over this history, Home City Ice has successfully become the largest family owned and operated packaged ice company in the nation.