Scott Memhard, President & General Manager
Larry Memhard, Plant Manager
CAPE POND ICE CREW
Cape Pond Company – Today
In 1992 Cape Pond Ice’s plant on The Fort was again modernized, with a 40 ton automatic TURBO machine which makes ice on stainless steel plates, two 50 ton capacity rake bins, and a delivery system to convey ice to trucks, boats, fish processors and a packaged production line.
New insulated siding was installed to replace deteriorated 40 year-old cork insulation on the three-story house. The new technology, side-by-side with the existing 300 ton block plant, allows Cape Pond Ice Company to competitively serve its markets with a range of products and manufacturing options.
The fishing vessels pulling up to the company wharf take anywhere from 300 pounds to 30 tons of ice per fishing trip. The company is open year round, and round-the-clock for commercial appointments. Cape Pond Ice can pump at a ton per minute on up to three fishing vessels at a time, as well as loading tractor trailers and trucks with either block ice or blown crushed ice . Pallets of 30 pound, 40 pound and 5 pound bagged ice are shipped around Cape Ann and New England.
In addition to commercial fishing vessels and processors, the company serves broccoli and poultry farmers, redi-mix concrete contractors, and custom ice sculpture markets. Ice used by contractors working in Boston on the Third Harbor Tunnel and Central Artery, to slow the curing temperature of large concrete pours, has helped in offsettting declines from fishing.
Up to 30 workers are employed during busy summer months, working two shifts and operating up to four delivery vehicles. As locals know, on a hot summer weekend or July 4th, Cape Pond Ice is the source for ice bags and crushed ice for parties and picnics.