Southwestern Ice Association

Providing comprehensive knowledge to all of our members with the most current information pertaining to the ice industry. Together we can build a better future through cooperation with industry members.
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Our Purpose

Founded in 1891, the Southwestern Ice Association was formed for the following purposes:

  1. To promote the interests of the ice business.
  2. To advocate the exchange of ideas and information among its members regarding all questions of mutual interests.
  3. To cooperate with other organizations whose members are engaged in similar or related lines of business.
  4. To promote and provide information and educational resources that will contribute to business development and economic progress within the ice industry.
  5. To fairly represent the interest of the ice industry to governmental agencies as it becomes necessary.

Our Benefits

Agency Liaison

Through SWIA headquarters in Austin, the association has established good working relations with the agencies that regulate you.  Our input is often sought before agency rules are adopted.


SWIA members receive a subscription to Ice World Journal, published by the International Packaged Ice Association.

Expert Team

As a special incentive for new members, SWIA will send a team of industry experts at no charge to your facility to offer ideas and suggestions on ways to make your business more profitable.

Supplier Expo

Get the latest new product and equipment information from industry suppliers at this expo held during the annual convention.


Improve and update your technical and business knowledge by attending the annual convention with legislative updates, speakers on running an efficient business and other issues, and the opportunity to socialize and network with peers and industry leaders.


By joining SWIA, you can build a network of friends in the business, exchanging ideas and industry experiences.

Membership Types


Any person, firm, or corporation engaged in supplying services, equipment, or supplies used in the production or distribution of ice.

Membership includes banner ad on website.


Any person, firm or corporation engaged in the production or distribution of ice in any area of the Southwestern U.S. (generally defined, but not limited to Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas.

Dues are $275.00 for the first location, and $150.00 for each additional (Satellite) location.


Any person, firm, or corporation engaged in the production or distribution of ice in any area of the Southwestern United States that is a Satellite location of an Active Member.

Meet Our Leaders

Earl Toler, Chairman

Emergency Ice, Dallas, TX

Patti Horton, Vice Chairman

Polar Ice, Brenham, TX

Robert Heath, Secretary/Treasurer

Flying Penguin Ice, Bryan, TX

Annette Peters, Past Chairman

Polar Temp Ice Merchandisers, Montgomery, TX

Jesse Mireles IV, Director

Mireles Party Ice, Inc.,  San Antonio, TX

Tammie Trainham, Director

Trainham Ice, Goree, TX

All of these member services are invaluable. The tips I get from SWIA save time and money!

Laron Hilke ─ Hilke’s Ice Company

There’s no doubt in my mind that SWIA has helped my business develop.

Clyde Tew ─ Ice House Distributing Co., LLC


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