ICEY-TEK USA is a veteran-owned and operated business.The ICEY-TEK cooler brand was originally conceived in Australia in the late 1980s by three avid outdoorsmen who saw there was a market for a rugged roto-molded polyethylene icebox that had the same ice retention capabilities as a fiberglass icebox. They worked with a Thai rotomold company to design the first prototype coolers.
The first models were pretty basic with butt hinges, a locking device and lid lifting handle on the icebox. Over the next couple of years, they made improvements which included silicone rubber latches, heavy-duty self-locking hinges and a waterproof neoprene seal around the lid which made the ICEY-TEK brand the preferred icebox among the other brands on the market.
It wasn’t long before ICEY-TEK developed a line of long iceboxes that nobody else were doing at the time. These long iceboxes were designed for fishermen who could finally put their catch into an icebox without having to curl the tail or head up the side of the cooler. Campers and outfitters grew to love this style of ice chest as well and to this, day long box coolers remain top sellers.
Once the ICEY-TEK brand started to cover Australia the owners received inquiries from several outdoorsmen from overseas countries that had seen the ICEY-TEK iceboxes in Australia and were wanting to become distributors in their own countries. Quickly, ICEY-TEK distributorships were established in New Zealand, North America, the UAE, Hawaii, England, and Europe while manufacturing has remained in Thailand.
That is when ICEY-TEK became the ORIGINAL premium rotomolded, polyethylene ice cooler available in the US market when it was introduced in 1998.
For over 25 years many copycats have imitated ICEY-TEK’s rotomolded manufacturing design and ice retention technology, but no other can ever rightfully claim to be first. In fact, ICEY-TEK has private labeled coolersfor many companiesincluding Yeti during their start-up years when they licensed ICEY-TEK ice chests to be labeled as their "Roughneck" cooler line.