Crystal Ice & Fuel Co. Historic Photo

Our History

Crystal Distribution Services began operations in the late 1800’s. The main function of the company at the time, was the harvesting and cutting ice off the Cedar River, for use in the preservation of perishable foods. The J.A. Young family of Waterloo operated several ice houses in the area, and gradually shifted them toward cold storage facilities.

In 1979, the Young’s sold the ice and cold storage business to Crystal Distribution Services. At the time, Crystal Ice & Cold Storage, as it was called, operated two buildings with less than 500,000 cubic feet of space.

Who We Are

Today, after constructing, acquiring and a name change, Crystal Distribution Services operates over 7,000,000 cubic feet of warehousing space throughout our three locations in Iowa. We provide world class refrigerated warehousing and specialized packaging for small and large food grade customers.