One of the "coolest" jobs in Madison revisited

By: Michael Stevens Email
By: Michael Stevens Email
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Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 --- 6:30 p.m.

Madison --- It was July 18th, when we first did a story at an ice manufacturing company in Madison, on one of the warmest days of the year.

So we thought, lets see what it's like when we visit the place that's known to make something winter-like, in winter.

The last time we saw Mike Seleskie it was much different out.

"It was around 100 degrees, 110 something like that. It was warm," said Seleskie.

It was one of the hottest days in July, and Wednesday it was the polar opposite.

"Last I checked, it was hovering just above two degrees," said Seleskie.

Well below freezing, and even colder than inside the Arctic Glacier Ice Company.

"It's just a shade over 15 degrees at the moment. It's pretty much, more or less the same as it was when you visited in early July," said Seleskie.

Working with ice, what could be the coolest job in the heat can be more difficult this time of year.

"You never seem to shake off the chill, in the morning, it kind of stays with you. Where as in the summer it's almost a nice reprieve," said Seleskie.

He also says, in June and July business was on the rise. Where as now, only one product is in the spotlight.

"We produce 300 lbs blocks of ice, for ice carvings. They're going to be used at winter carnivals, and set up on pedestals," said Seleskie.

You may be wondering what's the key to staying warm, when working in a freezer year round? Seleski says, it comes down to only two things.

"Layers, and good coffee," said Seleskie.

The ice company, is in its slow season, with a limited amount of employees. It's expected to pick up again as spring approaches.


Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013 --- 7:00 p.m.

Madison --- Imagine showing up to work wearing a winter coat, gloves, and a hat. It's what some people have to do year round on Madison's east side.

"We keep the temperature below 25 degrees, and at best we keep it under 20 all the time," said Michael Seleskie, manager, of Arctic Glacier Ice.

He has worked at the company for eight years, and when it's hot outside, business is booming inside.

"We sell three main products, obviously we have a seven pound bag, a twenty pound bag, and we sell a ten pound bag," said Seleskie.

It's at an east side production and distribution center that hats, gloves, and winter coats, are worn year round. While the ice is made, wrapped, and loaded onto refrigerated trucks before shipping out.

"We have a lot of gas stations, liquor stores, grocery stores in the area that take our product," said Seleskie.

While he may have the "coolest" job, it's an ability only this company could have on a blazing hot summer day.

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