We're willing to bet we've thought about ice more than you have. That's because we're passionate about making the healthiest, best tasting ice out there, and we've developed a process that produces cleaner, clearer ice than homemade. Think of our ice as bottled water in a bag!
Water enters the system from the source and is immediately filtered by two double carbon filters. Home City ice uses various filtration methods to ensure only pure clean water is used.
Just like in a home, the water softener replaces heavy metals such as calcium and magnesium with sodium, allowing the softened water to flow better through the pipes.
The water is further filtered and purified through a five micron filter, reverse osmosis, and ultraviolet purification. UV purification is used to destroy germs and bacteria in the water without the use of harsh chemicals, such as chlorine.
Inside the turbo ice maker are stainless steel plates. Water cascades down these refrigerated plates, freezing the pure water in motion. The remaining impurities fall off leaving pure frozen water. At the end of the freeze cycle, the unused water is dumped, and new water is introduced for the next cycle.
The ice sizer ensures that all chunks of Home City Ice are uniform and ready to be used.
After the ice has been sized, a lot of "snow" is produced. Snow in a bag of ice is like mortar for bricks. The ice screen removes the ice from the snow keeping it loose and usable for our customers at home.
The ice is then immediately packaged and sealed. Through the entire process, Home City Ice is never touched by hand.
The packaged ice is then moved into a cold storage warehouse, and kept at 10 degrees Fahrenheit all year round.
The delivery trucks are loaded in sealed docks attached to the freezer warehouse. The ice will never come in contact with warm air, keeping the product solid and loose.
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 2012 - 2013, over 400 packaged ice production facilities were inspected by NSF certified inspectors and only 33 received perfect scores of 100%. Home City Ice was awarded 13 of the 33 perfect scores.
Home City Ice stocks up on ice in 86 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.