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The Cold Specialist

Canadian Ice Machine Co. Ltd. (the forerunner of CIMCO) was originally founded in 1913 as a Limited Corporation. We changed our name to CIMCO Limited in 1967. In 1969 CIMCO was purchased by Toromont Industries Ltd., a public Canadian company with shares trading on the T.S.E.

CIMCO Refrigeration maintains its Head Office and main manufacturing plant in Toronto, Ontario. In addition to its Head Office, CIMCO maintains sales and service offices in major cities across North America. Secondary assembly plants are located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Edmonton, Alberta.


Historical Notes
When CIMCO was founded in 1913 as The Canadian Ice Machine Company, the refrigeration technologies that we take for granted today had only recently been developed. In fact, CIMCO's chief competition of the time was natural ice harvested from local lakes and rivers. However CIMCO founder, Tom Shipley, recognized that ice for home iceboxes could be provided year round at a lower cost with the use of the newly available refrigeration equipment. So using equipment supplied by his original firm, The Shipley Company of Brooklyn, New York, he began servicing the refrigeration needs of Canadians. The company continued to be managed by the Shipley family until 1969 when Tom’s son, Howard Shipley, sold the business to Toromont.

Today, CIMCO employs over 700 people in various key locations across North America and around the world. CIMCO Refrigeration is a market leader in the design, engineering, fabrication, installation and servicing of industrial and recreational refrigeration systems.


Our Primary Markets Include:

Food and Beverage, Recreation, Process Industries, Cold Storage and Blast Freezing, Pharmaceutical, Automotive, Chemical and Petrochemical, Mining. CIMCO systems cover a broad range of applications within these distinct market groups, including:

  • Cold storage rooms and warehouses
  • Packing houses
  • Freezing plants
  • IQF tunnel freezing tunnels
  • Dairies and ice cream plants
  • Fish plants
  • Breweries
  • Soft drink bottling plants
  • Blast freezing systems
  • Chilled water temperature control
  • Water chiller, cooling tower and water recirculation systems
  • Ammonia storage and distribution systems
  • Mine, ground and river freezing applications
  • Ice rinks
  • Skating paths
  • Curling rinks
  • Ski jumps
  • Speed skating ovals
  • Bobsleigh and luge runs