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ICE INDUSTRY EXPECTS TO DONATE OVER 100,000 BAGS OF ICE TO HURRICANE ANDREW VICTIMS

 ICE INDUSTRY EXPECTS TO DONATE OVER 100,000 BAGS OF
 ICE TO HURRICANE ANDREW VICTIMS
 RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Icemen around the country, including members of the Packaged Ice Association, are attempting to coordinate free ice distribution to hurricane victims in South Florida and Louisiana.
 "The industry expects to donate over 100,000 bags of ice in the next few days," said Don Johnson, chairman of the board of the Packaged Ice Association.
 According to Johnson, free ice is available and the PIA is attempting to work with the American Red Cross Emergency Management Team in South Florida in arranging distribution.
 "Our industry is deeply committed to providing relief to the hurricane victims," Johnson said.
 The ice industry expects emergency relief agencies to assist in the distribution and is waiting to hear from the team in Florida.
 According to reports, opportunists, including many non-industry members, have purchased ice at retail and are selling bags of ice for $10 and $20.
 "We are outraged that some opportunists are preying on the misfortune of these victims," Johnson said. "The Packaged Ice Association and others in the industry are making every attempt to stop this abusive behavior."
 The Packaged Ice Association is a trade association representing manufacturers and distributors of packaged ice and manufacturers of ice making equipment and supplies. PIA is the industry's only trade group in North America.
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 /CONTACT: Don Johnson, Chairman of the Board, 806-373-6999, or Claudia Pope, Communications Director, 919-787-5181, both of Packaged Ice Association/ CO: Packaged Ice Association ST: Florida, North Carolina IN: SU:


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