Carolina Ice Company is a supplier of ice, and provides and maintains ice merchandising equipment. It uses artesian well water that rises to the surface under internal hydrostatic pressure, to produce pure ice. To ensure best sanitation, the company daily tests products in its in-house laboratory, and manufactures through a fully automated packaging system that minimizes risk of contamination. It maintains a backup electrical generator, which is tested weekly, and helps assure continued operation if the normal electrical supply were interrupted. The company also maintains surplus inventory in its palletized storage facility. Its sales staff is equipped with a Norand handheld computer. The firm s products are certified by NSF International, International Packaged Ice Association, the United States Army, and North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Carolina Ice Company is headquartered in Kinston, N.C., and has a supply network with ice manufacturers outside the state.