Snow & Ice Industry News


Get Off Your Rear – Snow Back in Forecast

Milwaukee – The January thaw comes to an end this week. As early as tonight and Tuesday, a wintry mix hits the northeast. That means work! Here are the areas most likely to see 3-6 inches of snow and sleet:   The area in blue can expect 3-6” of snow and sleet. This includes northcentral Pennsylvania, most of upstate New York, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. Midwest Gets Snow Too Snow is not just confined to the northeast. Snow returns …

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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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Introducing the New Interactive Snow Forecast Map!

Knowing your need for information about the next snowfall, we have created an interactive snow forecast map with help from the NOAA maps so you can know exactly when you will get hit with the next snow.  No need to try to catch the news and no checking multiple different zip codes on a weather site to get a sense of how much snow each part of your territory will get, just hop on over to our map! You can …

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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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Gravely Pro-QXT Product Review

Gravely Pro-QXT for Winter and Year-Round Use The Gravely Pro-QXT is the ultimate year-round machine for your snow removal arsenal.  With a brush, blade, and snow thrower attachment, it is ready for any snow, from dustings to blizzards.  The Pro-QXT is truly a commercial machine, able to take the rigors of a hard day’s work, day in and day out throughout the year. We had a chance to talk to Trae Humphreys, product manager for the Gravely line, who shared …

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Lake Effect Snow Basics

11/8/16 Milwaukee – Cold air, significant cold air, is finally forecast to arrive for most of the northern United States in the days leading up to Thanksgiving.  Our very warm Fall has meant little snow and even less Lake Effect Snow.  We talked about this last week, when we published an article on the end of the mild fall weather.  As stated in that article, the mild weather has been shared with many of Canada’s cities. The second half of …

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66% of Snow and Ice for 35% of the Population

Only about 35% of the United States Population are in states that account for 65% of the snow and ice removal spend. While every state gets snow or ice during some winters (even Hawaii gets snow on the top of some mountains), it certainly isn’t a level playing field. New York Biggest Consumer of Snow Removal The northeastern states (New York and states east of New York) have the highest snow and ice revenues, but that is mostly because New …

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Daylight Savings Ends – Check Your Batteries

You have heard that you should check your smoke alarm batteries at the time change in fall, and remember to check your equipment batteries now too.  Waiting for the snow to fly is not when you want to think about getting new batteries. If you are running a snow plow and an electric spreader, you put a lot of strain on your truck batteries.  Just because your truck starts in the cold does not mean your truck battery is up …

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