Workers at Mills Distribution co. in Muskegon are escaping the heat in the giant freezers where they store ice cream.
MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Hot weather is driving up sales at a Muskegon company that distributes ice cream.
Workers at Mills Distribution Co. on West Hume Avenue say they are busier than ever -- and the heat is driving them as often as possible into the company's massive freezer to cool off.
Inside the 50-by-50-foot freezer are stacks of ice cream in every flavor imaginable. Organizing the stacks is Brent DeCheney's responsibility.
"I was in here for six hours straight yesterday," says DeCheney, works in zero degrees.
DeCheney's co-workers loading and unloading trucks must deal with temperatures 90-degrees hotter. When driver Brian Quinn returns from a run he checks in on DeCheney just to see if he needs help in the freezer. Quinn admits he's also after a good break from the heat.
"I have had enough for today," says Quinn.
Mills owner Bob DeCheney says besides a big electric bill to keep the freezer cold, the hot weather is driving up ice cream sales.
"This has been the best summer and I have been in it for more than 30 years," he says.
Mills Distributing supplies ice cream products for small and large stores all over Muskegon County, and other parts of the lakeshore.
On Tuesday, a customer stopped in to buy a big box of ice cream sandwiches and dry ice to keep the sandwiches from melting. The cold treats were intended for men working inside a hot building in downtown.
Reported by Jon Mills in Muskegon