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SIMA Taking Snow Business Magazine In-House

  SIMA will take full control of its Snow Business magazine beginning on January 1, 2017.  For the last 6 years, SIMA has published the magazine with the assistance of Grand View Media.  The change will allow SIMA to have end to end control of the magazine, ensuring everything, from content to advertising, line up with the best interests of both readers and advertisers. As Leslie Boomer, publisher of Snow Business magazine, puts it, “SIMA has grown to the point …

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Bonnell Commander Series Multi-Purpose Truck Bodies

A Look at Bonnell Industries In this edition of Snow Plow News, we’ll take a look at Bonnell Industries, one of the leading distributors of truck equipment in the industry. Bonnell Industries began as a small home business in 1960. Over fifty-five years later, Bonnell now resides in a 61,000 square foot facility and is one of the largest truck equipment distributors in the area. While originally a welding service, they have grown into a leading manufacturer of snow plows, …

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Ariens Company Sells Aftermarket Parts Businesses to Arrowhead Engineered Products

Arrowhead Engineered Products Inc. (formerly Arrowhead Electrical Products, Inc.) will be the new owner of Stens and JThomas Parts.  Owned by Ariens Company, Stens has been with Ariens since 1995 and JThomas since 2008, the companies are changing hands under unknown terms as both buyer and seller are privately held companies. Stens and JThomas are both aftermarkets parts distributors.  Stens primarily markets to the independent power equipment dealers while JThomas Parts reaches out directly to landscape contractors. For Ariens, this …

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Cold & Snow Finally Coming in 2016!

Snow Weather if Finally Coming! If you look at the image above you will note there is a high probability of snow in a band of weather stretching from Wyoming to Minnesota.  The cold air pushing south is finally going to bring seasonal temperatures and for most of the US, the first significant snow fall of the season.  In this next image, you can see how little snow has accumulated this season so far, and only in the mountains on …

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Contractor Highlight – Rasevic Snow Services

We had a chance to talk to Paul Rasevic at Rasevic Snow Services recently to learn about his business.  Rasevic Snow Services is headquartered in Bathesda, Maryland, and services central Maryland (including Baltimore), Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia.   Quick Stats: Employees, Full Time: 38 Employees, Seasonal: 750 Equipment: everything from shovels to 8 yard loaders to snow melters Favorite Snow Plow: Western Favorite Loader Plow: Protech How Did You Get Into the Snow and Ice Industry? “My brother (Mark) …

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73 Tons of Snow an Hour

EZ-Launch EFI Brings more Power and Control Ariens Company is releasing what they call their EZ-Launch EFI engine this year.  Why should you care?  More control, less fuel, longer life, easier operation, and 73 tons of snow per hour might get you interested.  They are the first we know of to use an electronic governor on a snow thrower engine to equip you with the ultimate snow thrower for commercial use.  Let us break down why their new engine boasts …

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October Isn’t Always This Nice

Milwaukee – Fall has been quite mild for most of the United States.  In fact, September east of the Rockies was one of the warmest for many locations (Fig. 1).  In the image below, the light orange to dark orange divisions east of the Rockies were above average to warmest on record.  The mild weather has continued in October with many locations seeing a late frost, if it has even happened. Fig. 1 September Temp Rankings   Not every fall …

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La Niña Impact on U.S. Winter 2016-2017 Snowfall

Milwaukee – The original weak La Niña forecast earlier this summer was reinforced by the monthly ENSO outlook released Thursday, October 13th.  The latest forecast reversed the September Neutral outlook.  The September forecast was a low confidence 55 to 60% Neutral outlook.  It has now been replaced by a 70% confidence La Niña outlook.  A flip flop in the forecast was not a surprise and we discussed that in an earlier video blog. So, the official NOAA outlook is back …

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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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