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Our Story

In the early part of the 20th century, ice was in great demand for home and commercial refrigeration and air conditioning purposes. Two brothers, Walter and Oliver Hipp, and Walter's father-in-law Joseph Frey, recognized this growing market for ice and decided to start an ice manufacturing business in Norwalk, Ohio. On July 19, 1917, the Maple City Ice Company was incorporated.

In 1933, Congress passed the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing Prohibition. After this event, the owners of the Maple City Ice Company decided to begin distributing beverages, including beer.


Ever since then, the Maple City Ice Company has distributed beer and other beverages to Northeast and North-Central Ohio. Today, Maple City Ice distributes Anheuser-Busch and InBev beers, as well as many other bevergaes to stores, restaurants, bars and tourist destinations in Ohio.


Our Core Values

  • Teamwork: We value working together and we celebrate our successes with each other.

  • Excellence: We compete aggressively to be our customers’ #1 choice and we strive for excellence in all aspects of our work.

  • Integrity: Our commitments are honored through a foundation of integrity and honesty.

  • Pride: We work with passion, commitment and enthusiasm.

  • Knowledge: We provide added value to our customers through knowledgeable employees, who continually search for new information and ideas.

  • Family: We cultivate an environment in the workplace where everyone gets along and works toward common goals, much like a family.

  • Respect: We encourage each individual’s ideas, abilities and opinions.

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