Polar Ice has been Irelandâs Dry Ice specialist for quite a while now. Just over 15 years ago, we realised that Dry Ice was not being treated seriously in Ireland and decided to do something about it. 15 years later, Polar Ice has become the number one Dry Ice supplier in Ireland today â north and south. We wouldnât have changed anything. So, today, weâd like to talk a little about what makes us tick!
In a tough trading environment where timing is everything, weâve built up a solid manufacturing, storage and delivery model to make sure using Dry Ice in your business is as easy as it should be. Building a family business is no easy thing. They say that building a successful family business and staying on speaking terms is almost impossible. Here, Iâm glad to say, we buck the trend and enjoy working with each other and getting the job done.
We take your Dry Ice needs seriously and make sure to never miss a deadline, keeping your show on the road at all costs. Keeping calm and together in busy times is, lucky for us, a family trait.
15 years of hectic schedules and âdry ice emergencies’. 15 years of helping to ensure millions of plane passengers enjoy fresh airline catering , that millions of lab samples for patients all over Ireland, the UK and indeed the world arrive as they should. 15 years of laughs, tears, sweat and a little blood!Â Was it worth it? Absolutely, weâve learned so much over the years and happy to say, weâre getting better. With new depots opening right across the country, itâs more than just a tag-line when we say â âyour Dry Ice needs is our focusâ.
Seeing a business develop from a blind conviction and solid will to becoming a market leader and an industry authorityÂ gives us all huge pride and an appreciation for the hard slog that got us here. Well done Dad! This year is a big year and while we wonât mention the ârâ word, times are tough but weâre brilliantly placed to keep going, in fact we’re stronger thanÂ ever.
We took to the classrooms last week, and today it was our turn to play host.Â It was a pleasure to welcome some of the local 5th year students, it’s not too often we get to be interviewed by such an enthuastic bunch!Â It wasÂ a reallyÂ upbeat session, discussing close to 14 years of business life’s lessons in 90 minutes. The students themselves have a varied range of future careers in mind – Law, Business Studies, Teacher, Obstetrician, Architect. We always hope that students can take something valuable from theseÂ discussions, all part and parcel of shaping their future career choices, and it’s great to see students taking every opportunity to be as informed as possible.
(Left to Right) Jane, Ross, Vianka, Natasha and Amy
Our director Alison had her first taste of business when she was in Transition Year, and firmly believes that this experience helped shape her career direction. Having been so young herself starting out in business, she holds motivated young people in great esteem!
Weâve always welcomed work experience students to Polar Ice and we certainly have a knack for picking impressive individuals. Weâre probably more excited than the students themselves coming in – thereâs no gratuitous filing here – we put them straight into the work environment, and like the man from Del Monte, Alison squeezes the best out of them!
So when we met 16 year old Ashling, from The Sacred Heart School in Tullamore, we couldnât pass up the opportunity to make the most of her incredible achievements to date, and natural aptitude for science.
Ashling, a transition year student, was chosen to study Applied Physics in Dublin City University for Semester One 2009. She didnât just study it, she nailed it, finishing top of her class in her exams.
It wasnât long before Ashling was busy researching and documenting numerous and varied science experiments involving Dry Ice. Before her work experience week was over, Ashling successfully demonstrated a number of her Dry Ice experiments to almost 100 secondary school science students in ColĂĄiste ĂosagĂĄin, Portarlington.
Ashling intends to study Physics at Stanford University, near San Francisco, in the USA. Her ultimate goal – to work in NASA. We wish her every success in her future career.