Overview

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.


  • 1890s

    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.

  • 1910s

    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 Sayler 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.

  • 1920s

    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.

  • 1924

    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.

  • 1928

    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.

  • 1930s

    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.

  • 1950s

    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.

  • 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.

  • 1970s

    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.

  • 1980s

    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.

  • 1990

    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.

  • 1990s

    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.

  • 2000

    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.

  • 2012

    In 2012, Home City Ice began adding Compressed Natural Gas powered trucks to its' fleet, with plans to convert 50 percent of the fleet within the next five years. CNG vehicle emissions are approximately 90 percent lower than traditional diesel vehicles.

  • Today

    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 5,700 tons of ice per day in 36 state-of-the-art manufacturing plants and 50 distribution centers throughout the Midwest.



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