Ice flying off the shelves

POSTED: Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 3:08pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

BRYAN -- Ice, ice baby. Doesn't that sound good right now? So many people think it sounds good some businesses are selling out!

And for one local Bryan business it's keeping them busier than ever.

Coolers at the Flying Penguin Ice Company are literally flying off the shelves and Robert Heath and his staff are working twice as hard just to keep up.

"It's hot. People need ice for all kinds of things, some crazy things too."

Heath said this summer has been full of requests he's never even heard of before because the temperatures are just so high.

"We've been getting a lot of calls wanting to know how much ice it takes to cool a pool down and usually when they find out how much it is, they aren't interested anymore because it's a lot of ice."

Restaurants and snow cone shops need extra ice too because even though they make their own, they can't keep up.

"Water temperatures in Bryan especially, not so much College Station, can run pretty hot in the summer time. Our water temperature coming out of our tap is about 100 degrees and that always slows an ice machine down."

But that's not slowing Heath and his staff down. Each day 70, 000 pounds of ice are made and bagged to send out to various customers and on average, each truck unloads twice a day..


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