March 03, 2014 // Franchising.com // Jacksonville, FL – Ice House America, the pioneer in automated ice and water vending technology, is proud to announce that its franchise brand, IceBorn, has landed on Entrepreneur Magazine's 35th Annual Franchise 500® for the first time at No. 489. The process began for IceBorn in July 2013, when Entrepreneur requests that franchisors participate in the annual survey. Each submission is vetted before being entered for data analysis, with 853 companies making the first cut. Of those, the top 500 companies made the Franchise 500® ranking, based on financial and statistical data from July 2011 through July 2013.
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Ice House America began franchising its IceBorn brand in May 2012 and currently has signed 13 franchisees in 11 states with 11 franchised units in operation. The company also has commitments for 935 units over a seven year period, which is in addition to Ice House America's network of 2,700 existing independently owned and operated units.
Under the IceBorn brand, franchisees have access to three (3) bulk ice vending machine models – all are freestanding, 24/7, automated retail ice and water destinations offering bagged or straight-to-cooler ice that is filtered, clean and made on demand. Depending on the IceBorn model, the initial investment ranges from $18,995 to $130,000 plus fees for site preparation, shipping and installation.
"IceBorn is thrilled to have made Entrepreneur's 35th Annual Franchise 500® for the first time at No. 489. It's an honor to be recognized as we only began franchising in May 2012, says Michael Little, Vice President of Marketing, Ice House America. "This recognition only solidifies IceBorn's commitment to the franchising industry by offering a product line that is perfect for those part-time entrepreneurs or military personnel transitioning from active duty to civilian life."
Ice House America, also a participant in the International Franchise Association's VetFran program, will waive the franchise fee and the first 12 months of royalties to all qualifying military veterans.
Ice House America, headquartered in Jacksonville, FL and founded in 2003, already has more than 2,700 installed and independently owned ice house locations in 27 states. There are over 100 corporate-owned Ice House locations, with the balance independently owned and operated. In addition to landing on Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 list, Ice House America was ranked as "Top 10 New Franchises to Watch" by Entrepreneur Magazine and was named a 2013 Military Friendly Franchise by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Vetrepreneur.
For more information regarding Ice House America ownership opportunities, please call 888-388-1590 or visit www.icehouseamerica.com.
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