Local Ice Maker Sees 'Unprecedented' Business Thanks To Record HeatPosted: Updated:
The heat has been enough to break some records for this time of the year around the region.
"It's been unprecedented. Combined with the hot weather and the holiday, it's the busiest four to five days we've ever had," said Allen Hicks of Hicks Ice Company.
Hicks and his family own Hicks Ice Company in Theresa. They sell ice to grocery stores, the military, convenience stores, marinas and "pretty much anyone with a use for ice."
This week, his cool products have been in high demand.
"So, we just have to push out that much more product. We've been to some stores twice in the same day, which is very rare," he said.
How rare? Some parts of the region broke records this week.
In Lewis County in the town of Turin, it reached 91 degrees on July 2, setting a new record for that date.
Canton reached a high of 93 degrees on July 3; the last time it did on that date was in 1898.
But you don't need to know the numbers to know that it's just plain hot.
"I've never seen it this hot ever and I've lived here for 45 years," said Rebecca Draper, Watertown resident.
"This heat is pretty hard to handle sometimes, because back home where I'm from in Ohio, it doesn't get this hot and humid," said Cody Kelly, Carthage resident.
Hicks isn't complaining about the business, but he does say it'd be nice to have a cool down soon so his company can take a little bit of a break.