Vogt Ice Announces new CEO Bill Snyder




LOUISVILLE, KY (July 9, 2018) – Vogt Ice, a leading commercial and industrial supplier of ice equipment, announced today that it has named Bill Snyder as the company’s new CEO, effective July 16, 2018. J.T. Sims, former CEO of Vogt Ice, will remain on the Board of Directors and maintain his ownership stake in the company.


Mr. Snyder joins Vogt Ice with more than 30 years of experience in the industrial, manufacturing, continuous processing, and supply chain and logistics industries. Most recently, he was a development executive at Neovia (formerly Caterpillar Logistics Services, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc.) where he focused on implementing business optimization processes to improve his customers’ competitive positions.


Prior to joining Caterpillar Logistics in 2005, Mr. Snyder held management positions in operations, finance, and sales and marketing at Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) where he developed the business expansion and client retention strategies for Conrail’s automotive, steel, chemical and petrochemical customers. Prior to Conrail, he worked with internal team members to automate SKF Industries, Inc.’s inventory control processes for products engineered and manufactured globally for distribution throughout North America.


“We are delighted that Bill is joining Vogt Ice as our new CEO,” said J.T. Sims. “His proven track record in creating and executing global strategies, and driving revenue and profit growth, will be instrumental in the growth and success of Vogt Ice in the foreseeable future. He has great experience with building and leading successful teams while developing new market verticals to create competitive advantages.”


Mr. Snyder’s strategy designs and leadership have led to his teams receiving the “Vendor Challenge Performance Award” sponsored by Air Products and Chemicals three consecutive years; and the “Rail Industry Performance Award” from Ford Motor Company. Additionally, his personal efforts earned him the 2015 “Strategic Partner of the Year Award” from Manitowoc FoodService.


Vogt Ice, a former division of Henry Vogt Machine Company, revolutionized the commercial ice-making industry in 1938 when it built the world’s first automatic sized ice machine, the Tube-Ice Machine. Prior to this, ice was made in block form. Vogt engineers designed the unique Tube-Ice Machine specifically to freeze ice automatically in vertical tubes, momentarily thaw ice loose from the tubes and then cut it into short cylinders with a hole in the center.


Today Vogt Ice designs, manufactures and distributes heavy duty ice making machines, chillers and parts to commercial and industrial customers worldwide. Vogt machines feature a tubular form of ice as well as plate ice technology, which produce ice at rates ranging from 1 ton to 110 tons per day. Commercial and industrial customers include packaged ice producers; food service, resorts and casinos; fishing, poultry and agriculture; and thermal energy storage, among others. The company currently has 100 employees with operations in West Louisville.


About Vogt Ice:

Vogt Ice, a former division of Henry Vogt Machine Company, is a leading commercial and industrial supplier of ice equipment. The company revolutionized the commercial ice-making industry in 1938 when it built the world’s first automatic sized ice machine, the Tube-Ice Machine. Prior to this, ice was made in block form. Vogt engineers designed the unique Tube-Ice Machine specifically to freeze ice automatically in vertical tubes, momentarily thaw ice loose from the tubes and then cut it into short cylinders with a hole in the center. For more information, please visit www.vogtice.com.



HFO10 AC to WC transformation Part 2

Watch Vogt’s Research and Development Guru, Jeremy Burchett, as he cuts away and removes the condenser from HFO10 packaged ice unit on our Going Green Journey. Stay tuned for more progress as Vogt works to make this Water Cooled 10 Ton an Air Cooled unit.

First Vogt AmoPak 50T Delivered

Vogt has delivered the first complete AmoPak 50T, a complete skidded refrigeration system for ammonia that is capable of providing refrigeration for 50 tons or more of ice production per day.  The system is paired with a Vogt P24AL Tube Ice maker planned to operate in “crushed ice” mode.  This combination is expected to produce 38 ton of ice daily, 152% of its rated capacity.  It replaces a Turbo plate ice maker that used R-22 and which supported shrimp vessels and shrimp processing in Louisiana for 30 years.  Savings are certain due to the actual cost difference of refrigerants; But operating costs should realize significant savings too.  Gains in efficiency are expected from the new efficient Bitzer screw compressor with VFD control operating with the more efficient refrigerant. This should lower the costs per ton of ice significantly.  Anyone interested in our new line of AmoPak and HFOPak refrigeration systems, for both 25 ton or 50 ton ice production (or any other refrigeration service) is invited to contact any of our Vogt product team.  Visit our website Vogtice.com or call us directly at 502 635 3000.  Let us show you how you can save with our newest, high efficiency, fully skidded refrigeration system.

Did you know…..

Henry Vogt Heuser, grandson of our founder Henry Vogt was an exemplary corporate citizen and a gifted inventor and entrepreneur.  He was a native of Louisville Kentucky who spent his entire career working for the Henry Vogt Machine Company, including 28 years as its president.  Whenever he had an idea about how to make something better, quicker, or easier, all he had to do was walk out to the shop floor to assess its viability and commercial potential.

Prior to his death in 1999, Mr. Heuser established the Vogt Invention and Innovation Fund to support the “Vogt Awards”.  The endowment he created allows engineers and entrepreneurs to access the same kinds of resources as he did. The Vogt Awards are granted annually to help start-up ideas, products, and projects develop into viable and successful businesses that will provide economic growth, stability, and employment for the greater Louisville area (including Southern Indiana).

We, the current employees at Vogt Ice are proud of the legacy established by Henry Vogt Heuser and invite you to view the following tribute.


New Vogt Ice Sales Representative joins the Team

Vogt Ice is pleased to announce that Refrigeration Specialists Co, LLC. (RSC) of Bethlehem, PA will join the Vogt team as Sales Representatives for Vogt industrial equipment in the northeastern US and eastern Canada.   RSC has 6 experienced sales associates located throughout the region that can provide excellent responsiveness for your Vogt ice-making or falling film chiller equipment needs. They have experience in all the industrial markets Vogt serves including: dairy, poultry, meat packing, fishing and seafood processing, produce chilling as well as chemical and concrete cooling applications. They also have experience with refrigeration systems and are helping Vogt introduce the Vogt HFOpak and Vogt AMOpak refrigeration systems to the industrial ice market.

If you would like to speak to a Vogt Tube Ice or Vogt Turbo representative today, please check out our website: vogtice.com for the representative nearest you.  We’ll be glad to help.

Ice Types for Industry

Industrial ice consumers use the same range of Vogt machines as plants producing ice for everyday consumers, with one addition: cracked ice. Where the industrial consumers are different is in their purposes for using all of these ice types. What does that look like?


Tube and plate ice for industrial locations are nearly always used to cool a key product for the facility like meats, vegetables, process water, or even concrete. Sometimes, the ice is taken from the machine and broken into smaller pieces before use.


Cracked ice is commonly seen in fish and shrimp boats where its softer nature is less prone to damaging the fish in handling. This ice is produced quickly in the machine, helping the end users to have a steady stream of ice.



Henry Vogt was born in Louisville in 1856 to poor German immigrants.  Shortly after becoming a journeyman machinist in 1880, together with his partner, opened a small machine shop on Main Street in Louisville, Kentucky.  Specializing in general machine repair and the manufacture of freight elevators, he recognized that an engineered proprietary product would have numerous advantages over a general machine shop and soon established the reputation of “Building It Better”.  During that same year Mr. Thomas A. Edison, a previous neighbor to Henry Vogt, was granted a U.S. patent for the invention of the first incandescent light bulb.

In 1885, a boiler shop and foundry were added to the small machine shop for the manufacture of new products.  This year marked the introduction of a new line of products used to make “artificial” ice – the Absorption Refrigeration and Ice Making Machine.  This was just the beginning of the company we know now as Vogt Ice, the world leader in ice machine manufacturing.

Henry Vogt

Ice Types for Consumers

Ice Types for Consumers


Vogt’s ice making product range covers a few types of ice used by everyday consumers: tube, plate and crushed. What is their purpose?


Tube and plate ice are commonly found in bags at the front of grocery stores and gas stations. Their ease of use for chilling food and drinks in a cooler for your summer cookouts makes them popular. The plate ice is collected from the machine and processed into nugget shapes for this purpose, while the tube ice is taken from the machine and dried before bagging.


Crushed ice is popular in restaurants and hotels where the ice is used in the glass. The additional surface area of crushed ice rapidly cools your drink from the time it is dispensed to the time it is served. Smaller diameter tube ice is also seen in these same places for the same reason. Vogt’s crushed ice is made on the same machine as tube ice, but with a slightly modified cutting system.


Soft Start vs. Full Voltage start

Why is it better to use a Soft Start (Solid State) motor starter than a full voltage, across the line starter for large compressor motors?


The soft start allows us to slowly bring the compressor motor up to speed which reduces the high inrush current, reduces initial torque and reduces the possibility of belt slippage at startup.


For the full voltage, across the line start, the inrush current at startup is 600% of the motors RLA (Running Load Amps) and the initial torque is 180%-300% peak.


For the soft start (solid state) motor start, the inrush current at startup is 300% of the motors RLA and 25% of the full voltage starters initial torque.


Better for the motor, better for the machine and in some locations, better for the customers power bill.