Born of Ice: Shirts for Merches

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Born of ice 3/4 length shirt

Born of ice 3/4 length shirt

Pledge: C$33.00
Do you live in Alberta where for a lot of the year it feels like you live inside a giant block of ice? If yes, then you are #BornOfIce and this shirt is perfect for you. 3/4 length sleeves long enough to cover your arms to help protect from the sun in the summer while snug enough to keep warm in the winter. Best of all, 3/4 length sleeves make the best hand washing shirts. End wet sleeve cuffs with a #BornOfIce shirt! $33.00 is not an outrageous amount to pay for a shirt. That includes shipping. $30.00 for shirt, $3.00 to cover shipping per shirt. This campaign will run till end of august. We will put the order for shirts in as soon as the campaign is done with Print Machine here in Edmonton. It takes 3 weeks to get shirts so we will ship these out in Sept, just in time to start your xmas shopping. Shirts come in S, M, L, XL, XXL. After you purchase the reward we will email you to find out what size you would like for your shirt.
Do you live in Alberta where for a lot of the year it feels like you live inside a giant block of ice? If yes, then you are #BornOfIce and this shirt is perfect for you. 3/4 length sleeves long enough to cover your arms to help protect from the sun in the summer while snug enough to keep warm in the winter. Best of all, 3/4 length sleeves make the best hand washing shirts. End wet sleeve cuffs with a #BornOfIce shirt! $33.00 is not an outrageous amount to pay for a shirt. That includes shipping. $30.00 for shirt, $3.00 to cover shipping per shirt. This campaign will run till end of august. We will put the order for shirts in as soon as the campaign is done with Print Machine here in Edmonton. It takes 3 weeks to get shirts so we will ship these out in Sept, just in time to start your xmas shopping. Shirts come in S, M, L, XL, XXL. After you purchase the reward we will email you to find out what size you would like for your shirt.
Pledge: C$33.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-09-16
32 of 3000 Boosted
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3.5 inch by 3.5 inch #BornOfIce decals

3.5 inch by 3.5 inch #BornOfIce decals

Pledge: C$5.00
Get a #BornOfIce decal to stick where ever it is legal to stick a decal or keep in a safety deposit box. Your choice. As soon as campaign ends in august, we will put in order to our friends at Friesen's Plastic in Lethbridge who make bags and decals. They should be shipped to us before August 30th and then we will mail these out mid-Sept.
Get a #BornOfIce decal to stick where ever it is legal to stick a decal or keep in a safety deposit box. Your choice. As soon as campaign ends in august, we will put in order to our friends at Friesen's Plastic in Lethbridge who make bags and decals. They should be shipped to us before August 30th and then we will mail these out mid-Sept.
Pledge: C$5.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-09-16
2 of 1000 Boosted
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Get dibs on ice merchandiser

Get dibs on ice merchandiser

Pledge: C$1,000.00
When we successfully raise money to buy 6 glass door ice merchandisers we will be looking for forever homes for those ice merchandisers. If you run a liquor store and want to standout by using the local ice company, Columbia Ice, while most of those in the industry use the big American owned ice company named after the glacier in the Arctic, this reward is for you. Those liquor stores that purchase this reward will jump to the front of the line, get dibs, right of first refusal to selling Columbia Ice. The rub here folks is you have to be able to show that you buy over 800 bags of ice a year. Please contact us at 780-960-7161 and talk to Ernie before purchasing this reward. It should be said that you can still get an ice merchandiser without this reward, and sell Columbia Ice. The thing is we are only buying a small amount of merchandisers this year. If 6 stores call dibs then you will have to wait till we are in a better position to buy more ice merchandisers. Unfortunately this reward is not open to current clients looking to upgrade their merchandiser. We would love to be able to give everyone new freezers however that is just not an option now. We need to grow to survive. Thus we need to add new clients, increase retail ice sales which can only be done by getting new clients.
When we successfully raise money to buy 6 glass door ice merchandisers we will be looking for forever homes for those ice merchandisers. If you run a liquor store and want to standout by using the local ice company, Columbia Ice, while most of those in the industry use the big American owned ice company named after the glacier in the Arctic, this reward is for you. Those liquor stores that purchase this reward will jump to the front of the line, get dibs, right of first refusal to selling Columbia Ice. The rub here folks is you have to be able to show that you buy over 800 bags of ice a year. Please contact us at 780-960-7161 and talk to Ernie before purchasing this reward. It should be said that you can still get an ice merchandiser without this reward, and sell Columbia Ice. The thing is we are only buying a small amount of merchandisers this year. If 6 stores call dibs then you will have to wait till we are in a better position to buy more ice merchandisers. Unfortunately this reward is not open to current clients looking to upgrade their merchandiser. We would love to be able to give everyone new freezers however that is just not an option now. We need to grow to survive. Thus we need to add new clients, increase retail ice sales which can only be done by getting new clients.
Pledge: C$1,000.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-09-16
0 of 6 Boosted

Campaign Description

Shirts for ice merchandisers. If Columbia Ice sells 1000 or more #BornOfIce shirts via the rewards we will be able to buy 6 glass door ice merchandisers and grow by 6 liquor stores in Edmonton and surrounding area. The more shirts we are able to pre-sell which is how crowdsourcing rewards works, the lower our cost to make the shirts. At a 1000 sold we generate enough revenue after costs to purchase 6 glass door ice merchandisers.

Born of ice

Who are we?  Who is Ernie Iceman, Columbia Ice, the little local ice company that thought it could? 

In the dark web there is a story of a man, not just any man, but one melted from a block of ice and brought to life with jumper cables by a well meaning millenial who got lost.  When asked what Ernie wanted to do with his life?  Well you need to watch the second video above.  

The real life story is Ernie was born in the Pas, in northern Manitoba.  A farm boy who made with his way through hardwork, good right hook and an entreprenurial itch that brought him to Calgary, and then Edmonton running a successful office coffee business.  Tired of being hot, dreaming to be cool, Ernie decided he wanted to make ice.  Having grown up in the Pas and working up north, Ernie figured he knew a lot about freezing temperatures so he bought Columbia Ice in 2011 from Peter Boyko.  Ernie then invested in Alberta by building an ice factory in Acheson, on the outskirts of Edmonton where we have been manufacturing big and small bags of ice for liquor stores, gas stations, grocery stores, ever since.  

Over the past decade, Columbia Ice has worked hard to pay off the cost of building that ice factory.  Like all small businesses we are on the rollercoaster of scratching, clawing, chasing the dream of long term, stable profitability.  We finally reached the point this year where we were making appointments to talk to bankers about taking out loans to buy ice merchandisers...then covid kicked that plan in the ice cubes.  

After a few Alberta Crafts we got over it and started to look for new, more moderate ways to grow our business.  

1. Get to sanding, painting and repairing older merchandisers with a few bumps and bruises.  Find some good clients in the Edmonton region who don't mind an imprefect looking freezer to help keep manufacturing jobs where they live.  

2.  Columbia Ice has made the choice to look for outside investors to help us grow the business.  We were in a position to use loans to grow, but with Covid-19 changing that reality it has left us few options.  Ice is a very equipment heavy process and so outside investment was always going to be a part of the bigger picture.  It wasn't in the plans for the forseeable future but Covid-19 has made more than a few businesses revaluate things.  

3.  The third way is shirts for merches.  We sell a 1000 shirts for $33 a shirt we raise $33000.00.  Cost of shirts at a 1000 items is $10 a shirt, $3.00 shipping.  $13000 cost.  $33000 - $13000 = $20000 This allows us to buy approx 6 glass door ice merchandisers.  This will allow us to add six new liquor stores in the Edmonton and surrounding region to our client base.  There is a reward for this.

If you want to help Columbia Ice grow and stay in business buy a shirt.

If you can't afford a shirt how about a decal.  

If you are broke, a share, retweet, like, comment, some digital love on one of our social media platforms.

twitter (@ernieiceman)

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Facebook (@columbiaice)

Columbia Ice is Alberta Owned, meaning more jobs and profits around where you live.

Columbia Ice uses a biodegradable bag because plastic waste is a concern for all of us. 

Columbia Ice has the most historically accurate and inclusive bag design around. click to read about it.

Meet the Team

Ernie  Graveline

Ernie Graveline

Owner, boss, president

Let me tell you about Mr. Graveline. It was just the two of us, Ernie and me, his iceman making and delivering ice at the start when he bought the little local ice company that could from Peter Boyko in 2011.  We were the little guys trying to make a go of it competing against Polar Ice and the big American owned ice company named after a Glacier in the Arctic. 

Many years ago the big American owned ice company named after a glacier in the Arctic use to be the big Canadian owned ice company.  During my second year at Columbia Ice the big Canadian owned ice company end up having money issues causing them to enter bankruptcy or bankruptcy protection.  Ernie at the time decided it was a good investment to buy their stock at 4 cents figuring either way he would stand to benefit.   Big Canadian ice company closes, everyone will need ice.  If they stay in business and get bought out of bankruptcy, shareholders get pay out.  We are making ice and between pallets checking the stock price.  

After a few months of getting in shape running to the computer between pallets, an investment firm in Florida bought the big Canadian owned ice company out of bankruptcy and with a stroke of a pen the big Canadian owned ice company became the big American owned ice company.  The payout to shareholders was 24 cents.  It sounds like a little bit of money but to go form 4 cents to 24 cents on a stock that is a 600% return on the investment which got us a reefer truck and ten ton Vogt ice maker.   

Farmer, serial entrepreneur, investor, husband, cancer survivor, iceman.  That is Ernie Graveline.  

 

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The Iceman

The Iceman

Master Iceman

Ernie is the owner of Columbia Ice and I am his iceman. I could tell you my name but only Robert at Cold Ones remembers it.  I spend my days with loud ice makers, baggers and bailers dealing with all the chaos of running an ice factory.  I took the name Master Iceman after a stare down with a Brew Master.  Online I run the @ernieiceman handle that was born when a water company took the Columbia Ice username on twitter.  I don't like to talk on the phone, only those who order ice in the fall and winter get to meet me.  The rest of the time I spend isolated in the tomb of the ice factory, just the way I like it.  I am #BornOfIce was made to make ice and I would like to spend the next 20 years working at Columbia Ice.  

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Sandra Graveline

Sandra Graveline

The hammer

Classic mom and pop business. Husband Ernie decides to get into the ice industry and Sandra ends up having to do the books. File it under invisible ink clause in marriage vows. Sandra pays the bills and I help make the bills. It is a fun relationship. She has been the voice of reason more than a few times. That is an important aspect to a business. Sandra is an integral member of our team at Columbia Ice. We would not exist without her. She does not do photos online so you get my dog Jackie.  

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Cameron Insomniac

Cameron Insomniac

Ice maker

When Cam sleeps he makes the most beautiful pallets. You wouldn't expect a big man to move so nimbly around a pallet with big bags of ice. Cams challenge is getting sleep, something that some struggle to find. We make it work because he is family, all of us at Columbia Ice, even if we are not blood.  He is a little shy about sharing a photo.  You get his faviorite emojis.  

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My  Mom

My Mom

Cleaner

When Covid-19 came to Canada I hired my mom to help us improve our cleanliness as a company. She comes twice a week and does a deep clean on top of the cleaning regular staff does. She is my redundant cleaning step in response to Covid.

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Tina  Ice Queen

Tina Ice Queen

Helper

You don't marry what you want, you marry what you need. Tina in terms of Columbia Ice is whatever we need for the most part. When we needed drivers at big valley, her and her family became our drivers terrifying their helpers :) When I need someone to paint she can paint. It was once thought women couldn't pallet ice. Tina and her sisters proved that wrong.

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The  Mascots

The Mascots

Mascots

An ice factory is like a tomb.  We cover all the windows, keep doors locked and often it is just me alone in the building.  My dogs Jackie and Ernie keep me sane in a world that seems to be getting a bit more insane each day.  

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John Driver

John Driver

Driver

I hired John this year after our previous driver got a job in the oil patch driving a water truck.  Seasonal work is not a great job.  Deliverying ice and moving freezers wears on the body.  We don't like to hire too young because experience in driving is an asset on your assets.   John got an opportunity to interview because he read the job posting emailing his resume to me.  Answered all the questions in the interview well.  We have had him deliverying ice for the past few months for us doing a good job.  

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Phillipe Yesman

Phillipe Yesman

Jack

When you hire an insomniac you need a yes person. A yes person is that worker you can call short notice and they will come to work. 90% of workers won't. The yes person does, they get more hours, are the first you call, are who you will go to battle with owners to give a raise during a pandemic. That is Phillipe. Whenever I need help I call him and he is like superman, Phillipe saves the day.

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Brendan Muscle

Brendan Muscle

The Muscle

I have two jacks. Brendan is my nephew. He has worked for me for 3 years now. He started out making and delivering ice. We taught him how to use the forklift last year. This year he makes ice and helps with deliveries. Big strong young fellow which is useful when moving big bulky freezers. Brendan also doubles as my HR department. I send him a text, ask if he knows anyone who wants a job and every year so far he has found quality workers for us. We are currently training his younger sister to become a cleaner for us.

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Jul 19, 2020

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Our one of kind ice bag design.

What language is "miskwamiy"?

 

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May 10, 2020
Project launched

FAQs

When will I get the shirts/decals?

After the crowdsourcing campaign is done we will then order the shirts, takes a few weeks to get them printed and then we will mail them out. I am hoping for mid sept for when people receive the shirts. Follow @ernieiceman on twitter to keep up to date.

How do I pick my shirt size?

S, M, L, XL, XXL are the sizes. Leave your shirt size in the comment section during the process of of purchasing the reward.  If you forget not a problem.  We will email you get it all sorted before mailing out the #BornOfIce shirts.

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