The oldest continuously run family-owned packaged ice company in North America is celebrating their 150th anniversary this year. The York Ice Company, Inc., DBA Good Time Ice, is well-known across Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland for its high-quality packaged ice. The company traces its founding back to 1872, when H.L. Neuman began his ice cream and ice business. While the ice cream business was sold to Borden's Dairy in 1930, the ice business continued through many challenges.
Ice used to be cut from ponds and rivers and stored in ice houses awaiting the summer months. The depression, world wars, and the invention of the refrigerator, among other things, were some of the many challenges that the iceman faced over the years. Through many upgrades and investments over the years, the company has grown to producing 230 tons of ice every 24 hours during the summer months in its automated production room. Though the day-to-day operations are currently being run by the sixth generation of the Neuman family, most days, members of the fifth generation are hard at work as well. The fourth-generation family patriarch, Edward Neuman Sr. still comes to work almost every day well. The company delivers ice in its own trucks in a 75-mile radius from York, PA. Good Time Ice has been shipped up and down the East Coast depending on the needs and demands of the region.
York Ice Company no longer cuts ice off ponds and rivers, but instead makes ice according to the International Packaged Ice Association's Packaged Ice Quality Control Standards (PIQCS). These standards ensure that the ice being produced, packaged, and distributed adheres to the highest of standards and is kept safe for human consumption. The Neuman family considers ice to among the basic food groups.