In Business: Glacier Ice Houses

In Business: Glacier Ice Houses


>>THEY HAVE BEEN CONTENDERS SINCE HE’S BEEN BACK.>>ABSOLUTELY. THANKS AJ.>>>THE LAKES MAY NOT HAVE ENOUGH ICE YET TO GO ICE FISHING, BUT IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO START THINKING ABOUT THE EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR A WARM SUCCESSFUL ICE FISHING TRIP. FOR THIS WEEK’S IN BUSINESS, REPORTER MALAAK KHATTAB TELLS US ABOUT GLACIER’S ICE HOUSE.>>ICE FISHING, IT’S A WAY ANGLERS CAN CONTINUE TO FISH EVEN IN COLD TEMPERATURES. BUT FISHING IN THE COLD IS A THING OF THE PAST, WITH ICE HOUSES IN THE MARKET. ICE ANGLERS CAN COMFORTABLY FISH ON THE EDGE OF A COUCH WHILE WATCHING TV INSIDE A HEATED CAMPER.>>SO TAKE THESE OUT ON THE LAKES RATHER THAN SITTING OUT ON THE LAKE WHEN YOU CAN, YOU KNOW, IT WILL BE REALLY COLD. THIS HAS A FURNACE IN THERE. YOU KNOW, IT’S 70 DEGREES IN THE HOUSE, WHATEVER YOU SET THE FURNACE TO. JUST SO YOU CAN FISH ALL YEAR ROUND. IT IS A CAMPER YOU CAN TAKE OUT AND SET ON THE ICE AND HANG OUT THERE FOR THE WEEKEND, FISH, YOU KNOW, HAVE FUN WITH YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, WHATEVER, WHOEVER YOU BRING WITH.>>GLACIER ICE HOUSE HAS BEEN IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA SINCE JUNE 2015. IT WAS ORIGINALLY A SMALL SHOP, WITH TWO EMPLOYEES. IN OCTOBER 2015, THE BUSINESS MOVED TO WAREHOUSE IN BEMIDJI.>>SINCE THEN WE HAVE GOT TWO NEW SHOPS IN BRAINERD, MINNESOTA AND 75 EMPLOYEES.>>THERE ARE SEVERAL DIFFERENT MODELS OF ICE HOUSES AVAILABLE. THERE ARE FULL RV MODELS THAT COME WITH FULL OPTIONS LIKE A KITCHEN, SHOWER, AND BUNK BEDS, TWO SMALLER ICE HOUSES WITH JUST THE BASICS LIKE A COUCH. THE COMPANY AIMS TO HAVE A NUMBER OF CAMPERS BUILT A WEEK.>>AT THE BEMIDJI PLANT, WE MAKE FIVE A WEEK. BRAINERD TWO PLANT, WE MAKE FIVE A WEEK. BRAINERD ONE MAKE THE SMALLER UNITS SO THEY’RE MAKING RIGHT AROUND SEVEN A WEEK.>>AS THE SEASON APPROACHES, DEALERS START ASKING FOR THE PRODUCT AROUND SEPTEMBER. BUILDING ICE HOUSES CAN BE A LONG PROCESS.>>THE WAY THE GUYS COME TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS PRODUCT, I MEAN, IT COMES IN RAW, AND IT’S JUST — THE GUYS ON THE FLOOR ARE THE ONES THAT MAKE THE MAGIC HAPPEN. BUT OUR FIT AND FINISH IS WHAT WE STRIVE ON.>>GLACIER OFFERS ICE HOUSES IN SIZES THAT RANGE FROM 12 FOOT TO 24 FOOT. THE MOST COMMON MODEL BEING 17 FOOT AND 20 FOOT. THE GENERAL MANAGER SAYS THEY FOCUS ON QUALITY OF THEIR PRODUCTS AND CUSTOMER SERVICE. REPORTING IN BEMIDJI FOR THIS

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