SOURCE: Ice Industries, Inc.

Ice Industries, Inc.

May 29, 2012 17:03 ET

Ice Industries Completes Acquisition of Blue Chip Manufacturing

Acquisition Will Provide Additional Capabilities to Military, Government, and Existing Ice Customers

SYLVANIA, OH--(Marketwire - May 29, 2012) - An affiliate of Ice Industries, Inc. has completed its purchase of the assets of Blue Chip Manufacturing & Sales, LLC ("Blue Chip"), located in Columbus, Ohio. The new entity will be known as Ice Industries Columbus, Inc. and will continue to operate at Blue Chip's current location. Blue Chip is a metal fabrication, machining, welding, kitting and assembly company focused on providing parts and subcomponents to the U.S. Military. Blue Chip is both ISO 9001 and AS 9100 compliant and pursuing certification.

Blue Chip has an extensive capability and an experienced group of employees who provide a variety of parts for the support of today's warfighter. Blue Chip's equipment portfolio consists of numerous CNC machining centers capable of tight tolerances as well as extensive fabrication capabilities, robotic welding, DCMA-approved CARC painting as well as RFID labeling and packaging.

"This facility and its people will provide additional fabrication expertise to Ice and will allow us to provide a broader offering to our new military customers as well as our existing customer base. As a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business ('SDVOSB'), Ice can provide a large offering of metal forming options to a market in need of credible and capable manufacturers," said Howard Ice, Chairman and CEO, Ice Industries.

Ice Industries entered the military market in 2011 and has hired a number of veterans to lead this effort including Maj. General (Ret.) Matt Kambic, the former Assistant Adjutant General of the Ohio Army National Guard. Ms. Tammy Rearic, who founded Blue Chip in 1993, will remain in her operational role with her extensive knowledge of government contracting and its unique requirements.

Ice has had success marketing their capabilities to both the traditional defense logistics agencies and the prime military contractors. "The feedback from existing and potential customers has been tremendous. I'm excited by the prospects of what we can do with this operation and the extensive manufacturing, engineering and technical support that Ice brings to this combination," said Gen. Matt Kambic, the Director of Ice Industries Defense. "The contacts we've made and the relationships we've built in the last year along with the capabilities of Blue Chip and Ice will make for a strong offering to a market which has recently seen the U.S. Congress increase its vigilance in oversight urging that U.S. contractors meet their SDVOSB content goals and Ice is a company they can count on."

The newly formed entity will serve the military directly as well as prime military contractors and Ice's existing non-military customer base.


Ice Industries is an international provider of large format, deep draw, high tonnage metal stampings, fabrications and welded assemblies to a diverse customer base including the appliance, HVAC, medical, refrigeration, automotive, off highway, fire & safety, filtration, heavy truck, and military markets. It also is a provider of ASME and DOT certified pressure vessels to the heavy truck and air compressor markets. In addition to its traditional customer base, Ice works with customers who are dissatisfied with their current suppliers' quality and delivery, and with companies who are determined to outsource stamping as a non-core process. Ice is an SDVOSB, headquartered in Sylvania, Ohio and services its customers from multiple production facilities: Ice Industries Ronfeldt in Toledo, Ohio; Ice Industries Deerfield in Mason, Ohio, Ice Industries Grenada in Grenada, Mississippi; Ice Industries Columbus in Columbus, Ohio and Ice Industries Mexico in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Production facilities are ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and TS 19649 certified. For more information please visit us at

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