Arctic Glacier Acquires AC Ice Company and Gem Ice

PHILADELPHIA, DENVER & PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Arctic Glacier, a leading provider of premium ice products and related services announces today they are expanding production and service in the Rocky Mountains and Northwestern U.S. with the acquisition of AC Ice Company, a highly efficient packaged ice company based in Brush, CO. The transaction follows the April 26, 2021 acquisition of Gem Ice based in Dalles, Oregon, further enhancing the ice company’s well-established West Coast presence. 

“I am thrilled to announce Arctic Glacier is now offering our premium packaged ice and direct-to-store service to all of the retail and non-commercial businesses of Colorado and the surrounding region,” Richard Wyckoff, CEO and President, Arctic Glacier.

AC Ice Company was founded in 1977 and is owned by Ed and Janie Churchwell. Like Arctic Glacier, the ice company is an IPIA accredited member whose production processes comply with the Association’s highest quality standards for food-grade safe packaged ice. Over the last 43 years, the company has grown to be Colorado’s recognized leading producer and distributor of packaged ice. With a high-capacity production facility in Brush, warehouses and distribution facilities in Colorado Springs and Longmont, the ice company has the capability to produce and deliver millions of pounds of ice annually to customers throughout Colorado and into Wyoming and New Mexico.

“As Janie and I prepare for the next chapter in our lives, it was important to us that the company continues to provide the highest standards of customer service and quality of product and we strongly feel Arctic Glacier is exceptionally prepared to deliver with their industry-leading premium ice and service,” said Ed Churchwell, President of AC Ice Company.

The acquisition of Gem Ice in Oregon further enables Arctic Glacier to service customers throughout the Pacific West coast.


Arctic Glacier is a North American provider of premium ice products and services. For over twenty-five years the company has been Bringing More to the Party!SM by perfecting the ice making and DSD (delivery) process to provide the purest, most high-quality ice products. Annually, the company produces and delivers over 2 billion pounds of premium ice to supermarkets, mass merchants, c-stores, dollar stores, gas stations, liquors stores, as well as many other commercial and industrial businesses. From its headquarters in Philadelphia, PA and 51 production facilities and 60 warehouses and distribution centers across the United States and Canada, Arctic Glacier services over 75,000 customers.

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