U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Facilitates Multi-Million Dollar U.S. / Afghan Business Partnership (January 20, 2015)

January 20, 2015

International Ice Bagging Systems, LLC (IIBS), a Chicago-based business, which manufactures the Eco-Ice System®, and AZ Corporation, an Afghan based company, headquartered in Kabul, recently concluded a multi-year, multi-million dollar deal that will enable AZ to add bagged ice production to its existing portfolio of products and services, and provide valuable jobs to Afghans.

This international business venture was facilitated by the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.  Senior Foreign Commercial Service Officer Walter Koenig describes IIBS as, “Just the sort of company needed in Afghanistan today.  Companies like IIBS bring modern efficiencies and American technology to a rapidly emerging market.  There is no limit to the potential for a company like IIBS in Afghanistan.”

AZ Corporation’s Chief Operations Officer, Abdul Majeed Zhian, commented on the venture saying “Aria Water Plant is excited to launch our new line of Aria Mountain Ice made from the same pristine mountain water used in our famous Aria Mountain Spring Water.  IIBS’s new “Eco-Ice System’s” technology will enable us to meet the demands of our customers in Afghanistan with a safe, economical, state of the art bagged ice solution. “

According to IIBS founder and CEO, David Makowski, “IIBS is thrilled and proud to be able to bring this technology to the people of Afghanistan and enable the AZ Corporation to grow its business with the Eco-Ice System”.

The Eco-Ice System, which now holds 29 patents, is the only completely automated bagged ice production and bagging system that can be purchased or leased for world-wide use. It is also the only fully National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certified bagged ice production system ensuring that the user can produce clean, pure bagged ice of the highest quality.

For more information about U.S. / Afghan business opportunities, please contact: the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service office in Kabul atafghanbiz@state.gov

IIBS is headquartered in Chicago Illinois. www.iibsllc.com