Whitey’s Ice Cream was founded in 1933 by Chester Lindgren, who was nicknamed Whitey because of his white blonde hair. Business was doing so well that Lindgren hired Bob Tunberg in 1935 as help. In 1953, Lindgren sold the business to Tunberg, who decided to keep the name of the business unchanged.
What began as a single store in Moline, Illinois, has become one of the most famous ice cream brands in the Illinois/Iowa Quad-City area. Tunberg’s son’s still own the business. There are currently 9 locations, as well as a wholesale department, which packages the ice cream to be sold at sporting events and in stores.
The company also has an active eCommerce site where ice cream can be ordered and shipped anywhere in the continental US. Whitey’s Ice Cream has won numerous awards, including Best in the Midwest by Midwest Living Magazine and The Passion Award, given by Ice Cream University.