The Industrial Commercial Equipment (I.C.E.) plant in Bolivar was recognized on Tuesday, March 4 by the Bolivar Industrial Board for being in business 20 years in Bolivar.
The Industrial Board sponsored an appreciation luncheon for all I.C.E. employees, attended by local businessmen and leaders, to say "Thank You" for being a part of Bolivar.
“I want to express my appreciation for this facility and the people who work here,” said Barrett Stevens, Bolivar City Mayor. “We’re proud of you. Our community’s proud of you.”
For many leaders in the community, it was an eye- opening visit to the plant to see what is being produced in Bolivar and the quality of employees that is maintained within the facility.
“I knew this place was out here, but never really knew what was manufactured here,” said Thomas Polk, Industrial Board Vice President.
The longevity of businesses such as I.C.E., according to some, is reflective of the potential for future industry and businesses as well as the existing companies in Bolivar.
“What’s so good about being here 20 years later is that 20 percent of your growth comes from existing business,” said Larry Crawford, First South Bank. “Most of the time we neglect showing our appreciation for the existing companies. This is all about being thankful for what we have in this community. It’s been a great relationship with this community and our bank.”
Industrial Board member Jimmy Sain, who helped organize the appreciation luncheon, said this luncheon is the beginning of many more recognitions in the city and could not happen without partnerships.
“I want to thank First South Bank for sponsoring the food for this luncheon. We cannot do things like this for our existing businesses without the partnership of everyone,” said Sain. “This plant would not be here if it wasn’t for the employees.”
The plant in Bolivar was opened in 1993 and took I.C.E. to the front as a leader in the industry. I.C.E. became a leader in direct and indirect gas fired makeup air units, as well as units with cooling, electric coils and heat recovery. I.C.E. also has a line of up to 200,000 cfm air turnover units and units with high turndowns of ratios up to fifty-to-one.
I.C.E. custom builds configurations for air handling, heat recovery and process units. Just like their standard units, these custom systems are built with energy recovery and conservation as the focus. As a result, the consumer receives lower operating costs in the long run. The I.C.E. plant in Bolivar has been featured on Manufacturing Marvels.