Snow & Ice Industry News


Why Weather Apps Are Bad for Snow Contractors

Leading up to a potential snow or ice storm there is much preparation that needs to be done. Knowing the weather forecast is one of the most important things to stay on top of snow fighting. Will My Smartphone App Tell Me What I Need To Know About the Storm? It’s 2017 and information is right at our fingertips. Smartphone weather apps are one of the most popular sources of forecast information these days. They are generally okay for deciding …

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The Snow Removal Equivalent to Uber?

SnoHub made it first splash this month launching an app that matches snow removal contractors with clients just like Uber matches drivers and riders.  Founder James Albis makes it all sound easy.  Contractors and customers just download the app to their smartphone and get connected. As founder Albis puts it, “At SnoHub we connect our customers with great people by leveraging innovative mobile technology.”  It only takes about 10 minutes to sign up in order to make money. What’s Great …

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Why Use a Box Plow?

If you are new to commercial snow removal, you may not be familiar with why box plows are such a popular option.  Yet those who have been doing commercial snow removal for years find box plows are an essential part of their snow fighting arsenal.  The box plows (also called containment plows) bring cost savings, ease of use, and flexibility to the commercial snow removal market making them one of the tools of choice for commercial properties. We had a …

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Is Specializing in Commercial or Residential Snow Removal Right for You?

After a snow removal company grows to a certain point, the business owner often begins to think about whether the company should continue to take anybody and everybody that will sign a contract or if they should begin to specialize in handling only certain kinds of clients. We caught up with Kevin Gilbride, Executive Director of the Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA), and talked to him about the differences between commercial and residential snow removal and why the average snow …

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APWA Wisconsin Snowplow Roadeo Sept. 5-6, 2017

Wisconsin APWA Plow Roadeo at Lambeau Field September 5-6, 2017 The 28th Annual APWA – Wisconsin Snow Plow Roadeo and Equipment Show is quickly approaching and we would like to invite you to consider being a part of this exciting event. This will be the thirteenth consecutive year the competition will be held at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Winter Maintenance Supervisor training will again be offered the day before the Roadeo, Tuesday September 5. The Roadeo and equipment show are scheduled …

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Clearing Snow Fast from Under Trailers

Cleaning a lot in half the time sounds really good, doesn’t it? Wouldn’t any snow removal contractor like to cut their labor in half? That is what happened to one team dedicated to removing snow at a distribution center when they exchanged their offset plow for a patented Snowgrr by Berlon Industries to clear snow out from underneath trailers and other hard to clear areas. We had an opportunity to chat with the inventor of the Snowgrr, Elliot Pennock, whose …

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Reducing over-reliance on salt

        ‘There is a global push from an environmental perspective to hold the snow & ice management industry accountable for using salt more efficiently. Those who start now win.’     By Phill Sexton Over the past 3 years, SIMA has helped lead an academic research study to help us understand best practice application methods and more precisely begin to calculate rates of salt that are both effective and efficient for facility-focused snow management – the initial …

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Why don’t snow professionals value training like other industries?

‘Strategically, SIMA is working to shake the industry up and build a better, safer, and more efficient workforce.’ By Brian Birch, CAE As SIMA has grown, we’ve built and launched many training events and products over the years. Recently we launched the Advanced Snow Management program, after literally years of project work and discussion.   The thing that has surprised me is that many snow professionals don’t necessarily value training in snow all that much.  Our surveys over the years …

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A Comparison of the BOSS XT vs DXT

Let’s face it snow plows are bound to encounter obstacles.  Those obstacles could include manhole covers, curbs, frozen snow banks and everything in between.  If you have been snowplowing for any period of time, you could probably add a few other items to that list.  Obstructions and obstacles are one of the unavoidable dangers of snowplowing. As such, snow plow manufacturers design and build snow plows with trip protection technology to help protect the plow and truck from damage.  The tripping …

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Certification as a Marketing Asset

‘A well-managed, well-respected certification program can add significant value to an individual’s credentials and help differentiate them in a tough market.’ By Ellen Lobello Earning your Certified Snow Professional (CSP) designation is a major accomplishment that reflects personal and professional growth. The commitment to apply for the exam, study the material, pass the test, and then maintain the certification is not to be taken lightly. Over the past year, SIMA has taken significant steps to help ensure insurance providers and …

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