You will find an ice bucket in every hotel room, but you have probably never given it much thought. Unless you're Fred Haleluk, the CEO and president of Mr. Ice Bucket, a New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company that manufactures ice buckets in the United States.
For 50 years, Mr. Ice Bucket has been the oldest continuously managed ice bucket manufacturing facility in the world. Its claim to fame: They use only local U.S. artisans, who are passionate about churning out a high-quality product.
And high-end hotel chains are their biggest customer. If you have stayed at well-known hotels such as the Venetian, Trump properties or Marriott, you may find the smiley Mr. Ice Bucket logo on the bottom.
"We sell between 150,000 to 210,000 ice buckets in a year ... and most of the volume comes from the hotel industry," Haleluk said. His company brings in more than $7 million in sales, with ice buckets retailing between $20 and $75.