Some Not Bothered By Heat

By: Chris Whited Email
By: Chris Whited Email

For those working outside in the summer heat, staying cool is the main objective while dealing with daytime highs above the century mark.

Others, however, don't mind a little heat now and then. That's because they have a "cool" or should we say "freezing" job, In a local ice plant.

"We have six trucks running on the road pretty much six days a week and have five employees inside," said plant manager, John Holder. "And they got the coolest job in town because they don't have to come inside. As long as they stay inside, they stay pretty cool."

Holder says, while a few get to stay chilly most of the day, most of the employees are out on the road working in the heat and humidity delivering the 12,000 to 20,000 bags of ice that are produced each day under sub-freezing temperatures.

Talk about the coolest spot in Meridian. The temperature inside the ice plant ranges anywhere from 15 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Outside it may be in the upper 90s and the low 100s.

While it takes a lot of electricity to keep our homes cool during this heat wave, Holder says it doesn't take any extra power to keep the plant at its constant cold temperature range.

"I don't know that we really use any much more power when it's hot," Holder said. "The main thing is keeping the doors closed as much as we can just to keep the heat out. It's not a really big factor in keeping it cool in there because the compressors and everything are doing the job."

Holder says between being hot and cold, he'll take the cold any day.


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