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Ice factory to open just in time for summer

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QUINCY — Here’s a company that’s chillin’ out so we can party hearty.

Lynden Ice, a food-grade producer of packaged party and beverage ice, announced Monday it will open here a new freezing, crushing and bagging operation to serve customers in eastern Washington.

The new plant, set to open in mid-July, will employ nine to 12 workers to produce 210 tons of ice daily. That will surpass production of 110 tons daily at the company’s main plant in Lynden.

Lynden Ice currently serves about 300 customers in eastern Washington and northeastern Oregon and another 500 in western Washington. With increased production in Quincy, the company expects to boost its customer base in eastern Washington to 350 in the next 12 months and 600 in the next five years, according to company spokesman Darrell Honcoop.

Lynden Ice will install its plant in space leased from Columbia Colstor, which is located on Port of Quincy property.

 

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