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Freezer warehouse provides shelter from the heat

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You might want to get yourself a blanket for this next story. YNNs Christian Farrell found one local business that is definitely beating the heat.

MILTON, N.Y. -- It's days like this that have some of us longing for winter." Well, long no longer. At Conn Freezer Warehouses in Milton, even in July, the forecast calls for winter weather.

"The good thing I can say is I know what the temperatures going to be inside all day: Zero. No matter what time of the year," said assistant warehouse manager Sal Lombardi.

That's right, zero degrees Fahrenheit. It's the temperature this commercial food freezer is set at 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Warehouse owner Lenny Conn says because of that his employees do have a dress code.

"We'll dress comfortably, but we keep our winter clothing, our suits and stuff to go into the freezers," said Conn.

"If you take the sweatshirt home, it's like, oh, do I have another in the car?" said Lombardi.

The Conn family has been keeping things real cold for 70 years.

"We store food for other people and distribute it out locally. A lot of what we do is done through the National School Lunch Program. We store the government food for this area and distribute it out to the school districts in seven counties," said Conn.

Now on a 90 degree day, while most might choose the freezer warehouse over, say, laying down hot asphalt, you do have to take the good with the bad when you consider what it might be like working at Conn's six months from now. But even in the dead of winter, Lenny Conn says it's not a problem.

"In January and February when it's cold, you're dressed for the outdoor weather, so you don't notice the temperature difference as much," said Conn.

So when the pool isn't an option, nine-year-old Harrison Conn knows his next best option when it gets this hot is to visit dad at work.

"Not unless I have gear on. It gets really cold, really fast," said the younger Conn.

... Which is what some might argue is just what the doctor ordered.

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