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ISO 9001 Certification Saves Snow Removal Contractors Big Money

Money is on the Table Waiting for Contractors to Collect Snow Removal Contractors should get certified in ISO 9000 because it could mean saving thousands of dollars every year.  Do I have your attention?  I admit, I was skeptical of this movement convincing contractors to go get ISO (pronounced Eye-So) certified.  My background started in manufacturing, serving in ISO certified manufacturing plants for both General Electric and SPX Corp.  I can even attest authoring my fair share of ISO documents. …

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Confidence Growing in Snow and Ice Removal Equipment Sales

Despite a sluggish start to early season sales of ice and snow removal equipment, confidence is starting to grow in the industry, creating some pockets of hope we might see a good year after all.  First, let’s look at why some people in the industry are struggling. Why the Snow and Ice Equipment Industry is Sluggish this Quarter Mild 2015-2016 Winter The slow start of early season sales is due to the very mild 2015-2016 weather.  Snow contractors did not …

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Of Big Snows and First Flakes

Snow Is Coming! We are coming up on October and we have already passed the earliest recorded snow fall in some parts of the country (Minneapolis, Sept. 24th). The question on everyone’s mind is, how much will it snow this year? Yes, we know that La Nina is weak or even non-existent, but for those of us in the industry, those white flakes can shimmer like gold. Don’t talk to me about La Nina, tell me how much white gold …

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Douglas Dynamics Dividend & What it Means

  Record Breaking 2nd Quarter for Douglas Dynamics After record breaking second quarter sales of $113.8 million (up from $107.1 million in Q2 of last year), Douglas Dynamics has announced a $0.235 per share cash dividend this quarter.  This payout is the same as the other dividend payouts in 2016, up $0.012 from last year and it comes on the heels of a forecast that has been revised upward with more sales expected than they thought just a few months …

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What do Hurricanes Mean for Snow?

Do More Hurricanes Equal More Snow? With a very active hurricane season, many people wonder if that pattern of storms will continue into the winter.  It turns out there is little correlation between the hurricane season and the winter season in North America. Weather Calming in the Fall As we see the big hurricane pattern continue to churn in the Atlantic, the continual storms allowed in by the weaker weather patterns in the west will die out and we will …

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Does Global Warming & Climate Change Affect El Niño?

Rob discusses the impact of climate change and global warming on future El Niño and La Niña patterns.  Read further to find how large the impact can be… Global Warming & Climate Change Are Hot Topics: How Does It Affect Us? The debate over climate change and global warming is ‘heating up’ and a topic for many water cooler conversations. Politicians use it to change rules and policy. How does it effect you and me though? 1. Is global warming …

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Why You Should Buy a Snow Plow at the End of the Season

Buying a Snow Plow at the End of the Season Saves You Big Money Think about it. If retailers have old inventory they have to Store the Inventory in a clean, safe place so it looks like new to the final customer six months from now Pay the manufacturer for the inventory on the shelves Pay to insure the inventory to protect against theft or damage Keep track of the inventory for proper accounting Hope the manufacturer does not change …

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La Nińa Influences 2016/2017 Winter Snowfall Expectations

Meteorologist Rob Guariano reporting for a Snow Plow News weather update. In this episode, Rob forecasts the effects of La Nińa on winter 2016/2017. El Nińo And La Nińa Influences                             Depending upon where you live, the effects of El Nińo and La Nińa can have significant impacts on your weather. With El Nińo dynamics effecting winter weather this year, some areas saw more than normal snowfall, …

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Weather Buzzwords: El Nińo VS La Nińa

Meteorologist Rob Guariano reporting for a SnowPlowNews weather update. In this episode, Rob explains the difference in El Nińo and La Nińa. El Nińo And La Nińa Stir Up Global Weather   You’ve heard the phrases tossed around all over weather forecasts for years now: El Nińo and La Nińa. Both are complex weather patterns resulting from fluctuations in ocean water temperatures. Those ocean temperatures react with the atmospheric temperatures to create some havoc. Generally speaking, these periods last for …

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Review & Compare Snow Plows: Western VS Hiniker

    You’ll find some excellent tools at Snow Plow News for keeping up with snow and ice industry news, reviews, weather, equipment and more! One of the great tools you’ll find for choosing a snow plow is our snow plow comparison charts. Let’s use that tool now to examine some of the big guns in the world of snow plows. Snowplow Manufacturer Comparison Categories In this series of comparisons, we’ll take a look at the combined ratings of all …

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