Twice the ice in Atmore
By By Adrienne McKenzie
Ice House America(r), LLC has placed a "Twice the Ice" icehouse in Atmore at 268 S. Main St. behind Arby's.
The icehouse provides 16 pound bags of ice and 20 pounds of ice in bulk for $1.25.
Ice House America(r) is a company at 645 Mayport Road in Atlantic Beach, Fla. that manufactures Ice House vending machines in a facility at 278 U.S. Hwy. 319 S. in Moultrie, Ga.
According to www.icehouseamerica.com, the mission of Ice House is to revolutionize the sale of recreational ice through the production of a self-contained ice plant that produces the ice, stores the ice, bags the ice and sells the ice using a vending machine concept.
The Web site claims the ice is cleaner because it is never touched by human hands. All the materials that touch the ice during the production process are 100 percent food grade stainless steel.
Once the ice is made, it is stored in a food grade stainless steel bin.
When the consumer deposits their money, the ice is "mechanically dropped into a chute, bagged and delivered to the consumer all in about eight seconds."
The ice house is a 200-square-foot modular facility that is equipped with a sale counter that tracks the amount of cash deposits. If the machine has a problem, the system will automatically dial the owner or maintenance to inform them of the issue.
The facility is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
The CEO and president of the company is Bob Alligood of Moutrie, Ga. He went to the University of Florida and graduated from the engineering school.
For more information visit www.icehouseamerica.com.