Jacksonville-based The Ice Man is expanding into Seminole County and will be hiring local contractors to transform a Sanford building into a new ice plant, the company's owner told GrowthSpotter.
The company paid $1.6 million for an industrial building on 2 acres at the corner of Old Lake Mary Road and Country Club Road, according to a deed signed April 20 and recorded May 3. A $2.8 million mortgage was obtained from TD Bank N.A.
The seller was Old Lake Mary Properties LLC, one of dozens of companies run by Sanford businessman Gulamabbas Abdulhussein.
Some renovation work has already started on the 8-year-old, 25,351-square-foot building, said The Ice Man owner David Bryant. A general contractor has yet to be hired.
"We're hiring local contractors to do all the work," Bryant said, "and once we get it up and running, we'll be hiring local people to work in the ice plant, drive trucks and deliver ice."
Though the Ice Man now services businesses in Greater Orlando, this will be the company's first ice production facility in the area. The closest Ice Man plant is in the small agricultural town of Bunnell in Flagler County, about an hour-and-20-minute drive from Orlando.
"We hope it will increase our market share," Bryant said. "We will be going down to the Melbourne-Palm Bay area."
The new plant will produce 100 tons of ice a day, Bryant said. The property will also be headquarters for The Ice Man's other services such as refrigerated truck and trailer rentals, snow-blowing and ice boxes for convenience stores and other businesses.