From “city of Detroit, Micigan, 1701-1922 ”
ALFRED FOSTER STEPHENS is the vice president of the Arctic Ice Cream
Company of Detroit, in which connection he has built up a business which is the second largest in the city. A spirit of unfaltering enterprise has actuated him at every point in his career and unflagging industry and determination have carried him to the point of business prominence which he now occupies.
In the succeeding year he founded the Arctic Ice Cream Company, of which he has since been the president, and today the business is the second in size of its kind in Detroit. In addition to the main plant in this city the company has condensing plants at Grand Ledge, Fenton and Hastings and milk receiving stations at Richmond, Birch Run, Shear’s Station and Shotke Station, and an ice cream plant in Grand Rapids, all in Michigan.
At the beginning new customers were secured through personal solicitation and the equipment consisted of a small manufacturing plant and two wagons for delivery. Today the company has forty-five trucks and thirty five wagons and employs an average of one hundred and fifty men. Thirty thousand gallons of milk per day are received and during the manufacturing season from the 1st of May until the 1st of October the daily output of ice cream is eight thousand gallons. Shipments to all parts of the United States are made from the condensing plants and the business has become one of the most important industries of this character in the middle west.