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Jun 14, 2010 7:03 PM by Kate Mundy

"Coolest" Job in Acadiana


It's that time of year, when the mercury just keeps climbing. Monday, it was 95 degrees, with a heat index of 105. But, an Abbeville business really knows how to beat the heat.

Special T Ice is the place to be, when the rest of Acadiana is sweating in the sun. "You have a cool job, they always say," said Jacob Benoit. He spends his days "chilling" while bagging 30 8-pound sacks of ice per minute.

It's a job Benoit truly appreciates in the summertime. "When I'm in the yard outside cutting the grass, something like that, I wish I was at work in the freezer." On a day when the heat index is over 100 degrees the freezer remains icy cool at a very chilly 18 degrees.

Working in the plant means winter gear year round is not out of the question. "Passing cars always looked at us kinda strange when we walked out with knit hats, gloves and big heavy coats in the middle of July," said Plant Manager Byron Soley.

It all started back in 1978. Theresa Guidry opened a snowball stand and realized there was a big need for block ice. So her family got into the ice business.

Now, more than 30 years later, they provide ice for most of the snowball stands in Acadiana, plus convenience stores, grocery stores, construction sites and more.

Special T Ice has grown so much, they just relocated to a larger Abbeville facility off Highway 167, allowing them to pump-out a whopping 40 tons of ice per day.

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