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Workers escape high Siouxland temperatures

Workers at Cloverleaf Cold Storage spend each day in sub-zero temperatures. Workers at Cloverleaf Cold Storage spend each day in sub-zero temperatures.

When it gets this hot, most of us can't wait to get out of the heat, and into the comfort of air conditioning. For workers at one Sioux City business, however, cool temperatures are the norm.

Employees at Cloverleaf Cold Storage spend their days in freezer jackets, heavy mittens and insulated helmets, working in sub-zero temperatures. When heat indices rise, higher temps might provide relief for workers. But, the heat might not be as welcome as you might think.

"It feels much better to be inside when it's hot outside," plant manager Doug Stewart said. "Like I said, we layer up to work, and when you go outside you can definitely feel the effects of the heat. It tires you out going from the cold to the heat. Your body just feels drained, and you get tired."

The cold environment at Cloverleaf provides the opportunity for workers to add clothes to stay warm, rather than taking them off. While it might seem odd to "layer up" during these hot summer days, employees at Cloverleaf prefer the consistency that their job provides.

"It's like this year-round, and I'm not going out in the heat worrying about drinking water and keeping hydrated and stuff like that," freezer worker Harold Bgay said. "Here it's basically, you just come in here and go to work and you deal with the cold." 

Most of the employees working in the freezers at Cloverleaf actually enjoy the cold environment, and believe it beats working outside when temperatures rise.


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