Local businesses boom during heat wave

Posted at 6:24 PM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-26 21:24:50-04

It's as though summer is never ending in San Diego County. Triple-digit heat means better business for San Diego Ice Company. 

Their operations manager, Anthony Toma, says they've been getting nonstop calls from restaurants, bars, and private vendors. Their factory runs 24/7 to load up bags and blocks of ice. A giant freezer set at around 25 degrees currently holds between 15,000 to 20,000 bags. Toma says it's pretty low for their usual inventory since they've been selling so fast. 

"Heat wave, busy busy," said Toma. "All last minute things, people are crying for ice. They want a lot of ice. When heat comes, they all think about ice."

He says the heat can take a toll on some of their equipment because it's harder to keep their freezers cool. 

"Equipment does work a lot harder as far as electrical components to refrigeration rooms, freezers, anything that has to do with reaction with the heat." said Toma. "It does work a lot harder and it is harder to maintain temperatures at this time."

Other businesses that saw an increase in customers were Rockie's Frozen Yogurt in Linda Vista and the Mission Bay Aquatic Center.