shadows of the great depression clung to America in 1936, and a New Orleans
neighborhood grocer was struggling to keep his business afloat. Noticing
a gathering of customers at a nearby snow cone business, George J. Ortolano,
son of Sicilian immigrants, was inspired to add this inexpensive treat
to his grocery store to generate additional income.
In the Family Tradition
Continuing that commitment to excellence today is Ortolano’s nephew, Ronnie R. Sciortino, who joined the firm in 1981. Sciortino assumed full responsibility for the operation of the SnoWizard® companies after his uncle’s retirement and 45 years of dedication to the company. Renewing efforts to maintain the SnoWizard® reputation for quality and service, Sciortino improved and refined the basic machine and expanded the firm's fine line of flavoring concentrates.
Sciortino brought to the company 15 years of valuable experience in the New Orleans food service industry. His knowledge encompasses all facets of food service operations, from the executive chef position of several New Orleans premier food service establishments, to menu planning, building design, kitchen layout, and equipment development. A former vice-president of the New Orleans chapter of Food Services Executives Association and a member of the Institute of Food Technologists and National Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers, he enthusiastically carries on the family tradition begun over 70 years ago.
This small firm, under his energetic leadership and dedication to excellence, has grown to become the unsurpassed leader in the shaved-ice industry.
SNOWIZARD® TODAY MORE THAN JUST A MACHINE
The SnoWizard® tradition continues today, with the geographic scope of the SnoWizard® SnoBall Machine™ operators now flourishing nationwide and in numerous foreign countries in South America, Europe, the Mid-East and Australia. SnoWizard® is your full service company, providing top quality products, information, and services necessary to establish and operate a viable SnoBall business, from the unparalleled SnoWizard® ice shaving machine and over 140 exquisite flavorings, to all required supplies.
When you purchase your machine from SnoWizard®, you purchase a company supported by expertise derived from 70 years of knowledge and hands on experience; more than any one else in the business. You're more than just a sale to us, you're our customer, and we know the value of a satisfied customer. We're here to assist in making certain that your business is successful. Our knowledgeable and professional staff is always available to answer any question, anytime, and provide the correct answers. Your success is our success. The SnoWizard® management team stands ready to provide the necessary materials and guidance to assist all SnoWizard® operators in meeting or exceeding realistically established goals.