providing ice solutions for over 65 years

North Star has been providing ice solutions to companies across the globe for over 65 years. 
 

Our goal is to provide you with superior, American-made, equipment that lasts a lifetime.

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PIONEERS OF FLAKE ICE

Our dedication to this mission is founded in our roots. North Star’s history tells a story of how we evolved into the company we are today.
 

Originally named, "Halibut Liver Oil Producers" during WWII, North Star began as one of the nations largest Vitamin A producers. Vitamin A was derived from cod liver oil which was shipped to Seattle from as far away as Mexico and the Aleutian Islands.  

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PIONEERS OF FLAKE ICE

Our dedication to this mission is founded in our roots. North Star’s history tells a story of how we evolved into the company we are today.
 

Originally named, "Halibut Liver Oil Producers" during WWII, North Star began as one of the nations largest Vitamin A producers. Vitamin A was derived from cod liver oil which was shipped to Seattle from as far away as Mexico and the Aleutian Islands.  

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SETTING THE STANDARD

1945

Halibut Liver Oil constructs a cold storage facility to aid in processing cod liver. Block ice was originally used to cool the product.

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1949

After switching to more efficient, chipped-ice making equipment a couple years’ prior, the company started development of an innovative, new ice maker that would produce dry, sub-cooled, "flake ice".

It was discovered that the flake ice was far superior in cooling to other types of ice used at the time. 

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1951

Recognizing their newly developed flake ice maker was significantly more reliable and efficient than other ice machines on the market, Halibut Liver Oil Producers knew this product was ideal for Seattle's booming fishing industry.

In 1951, they formed North Star Ice Equipment Corporation. The company sold 13 flake ice machines in their first year. Sales tripled within 5 years.

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1962

North Star's product line had grown to include 4 models, with the Model 60 being the largest size offered at this time. 

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1972

North Star added the Stainless Steel flake ice maker to the product line. 106 of these ice makers were shipped within the first year of induction. 

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1977

North Star transitioned to new ownership. Today, the company has been owned and managed by the Shepardson family for over 40 years. 

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1980

In 1980, North Star unveiled the first Model 90 ice maker. The Model 90 completed our ice maker family and is the largest ice maker we build today with a capacity of about 50 tons of ice per day.

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1995

North Star flake ice makers and ice storage and delivery systems remain at the forefront of the industry.

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2017

We’ve developed a tried-and-true product line of over 20 different ice maker configurations, storage solutions and delivery equipment that cannot be replicated. With decades of knowledge as a foundation, North Star continues to set the standard for building quality equipment that lasts a lifetime. 

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We ship and install equipment worldwide

We ship and install
equipment worldwide

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