Committed to Quality
Purity is number one at Harman Ice. We use ultraviolet light to eliminate any bacteria present in water. Our production machines are fully automated. As a member of the International Packaged Ice Association (IPIA) and the Southern Ice Exchange, our water is tested by a certified analytical lab each month and our facilities are inspected by the FDA. Ice is Food.
400 tons of pure ice is manufactured daily, producing over 80,000 ten-pound bags. Our facilities inventory 800,000 bags, ensuring we always have Ice available for customers. We know when an ice sale is lost due to a product shortage, our customers lose out on more than just ice sales. Our product is typically purchased along with other food and beverage products inside the store.
Delivered on Time
Our facilities are located within close proximity of our customers. This helps us meet demand faster than any other ice company in our areas of operation. The logistics within our route delivery system and over 100 years of experience minimizes out of stocks for our customers leading to increased sales and profits with less headaches!
10 Lb Bags per Day
Tons of Pure Ice per Day
History of Harman Ice & Cold Storage
Harman Ice began in Johnson City, TN in January of 1915 when C.E. Walker and his brother in law R.E. Harman partnered together to form Walker Ice and Coal Company. At this time the ice business consisted of producing large 300 pound blocks which were cut into chunks and delivered to homes by horse and wagon and used for refrigeration in iceboxes, predecessor of the modern electric refrigerator. In addition to ice manufacturing, the company also delivered coal to homes which was burned for heat during winter.
The company operated as Walker Ice and Coal until January 15, 1935 when at a board of directors meeting, R.E. Harman opted to exercise the “buy” option of a buy/sell agreement between himself and C.E. Walker. The move made Mr. Harman the sole owner of the company at which time he re-named it Harman Ice and Coal Company. Following the buyout, Mr. Harman was joined by his son Estel Harman who assisted him in operating the family business.
R.E. and Estel continued to focus on home delivery and coal until the end of WWII when mass production of the electric refrigerator began. The introduction of the refrigerator eliminated the need for block ice, forcing the father and son to look for other sources of revenue. The pair began experimenting with forcing the 300 pound blocks through a crusher and packaging the “cubes” in paper bags for use at filling stations, grocery stores, and movie theaters. This new form of ice business grew rapidly along with the frozen food and cold storage businesses.
In 1967 the company entered a new era when Harry E. Harman joined his father and grandfather in the family business. Harry continued the process of crushing and packaging block ice until 1981 when he purchased the company’s first two 5 ton automatic tube ice makers. As the company grew, Harry continued to add additional ice makers to meet demand. By 1997 the company had a total production capacity of 40 tons per day.
In 1997 Harry’s son Reese joined the company along with his brother, Andy, in 2001. As the company grew, so did the need to produce more ice. In the winter of 2001 the family decided to upgrade the Johnson City facility by installing new ice makers and packaging equipment increasing the plants capacity to 60 tons per day. The following year more production equipment was added bringing the size of the plant to 120 tons per day.
Where We Are Today:
Our 106 years of experience in the industry has built a solid foundation for growth. Currently, we operate in 5 states producing over 400 tons of ice per day. We continue to invest in new technology, equipment, people and facilities as our footprint continues to expand.