AC ICE COMPANY INC. was established in 1977 by Mark Achziger and Ed Churchwell. Mark owned a Phillips 66 gas station in Brush, Colorado so 2 small Manitowoc ice machines and a Star block maker were installed. Gas was sold out front and packaged ice was produced in the back. Our total production was 3,000 lbs. of ice per day. Our first delivery unit was Star model 4 by 8 freezer sitting on a tandem axle trailer
Growth was fast those first three years so in 1979 land was bought and a bigger facility was built. More Manitowoc ice machines and Star block makers were installed, a cold storage freezer holding 50-60 pallets, and a more efficient bagging operation was installed.
By the 1980’s, AC Ice Company, Inc. looked west for expansion. An ice company in Fort Collins was purchased, a building was leased, a cold storage freezer was built and business expanded to Northern Colorado. Throughout the years our delivery area has expanded from the Wyoming border all the way south into Denver.
By 1999 AC Ice Company, Inc. was still growing. It was at this time we moved into our current facility at 221 Hospital Road in Brush. Through a number of expansions AC Ice Company, Inc. now produces 220,000 lbs. of crystal clear ice per day.
Our latest growth happened in the spring of 2014 when we purchased an ice company in Colorado Springs. A distribution facility was established and we now cover an area from the New Mexico state line to the metropolitan area of Denver.
Our delivery fleet has expanded from that one tandem axle Star trailer to 18 refrigerated box trucks that can haul anywhere from 1,000 to 2,500 bags of ice.
As AC ICE Company, Inc. has grown we constantly strive to improve our product, take our service to the highest level, and try to be a positive part of any community that we are involved in. We are proud members of the International Packaged Ice Association (IPIA) and their motto, ICE IS FOOD, is something we take seriously.