Snow & Ice Industry News


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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Berlon Auger for Fast Snow Removal in Hard to Reach Places

Berlon Industries is rolling out a new snow auger attachment for fast snow removal in hard to reach places. Dubbed the Snowger, it is designed to sneak under trailers and other areas to safely and quickly remove snow. The idea came to Elliot Pennock when he noticed how difficult it was to clear snow from under semi-trailers, especially with snow pushers and plows. To solve that problem, Pennock came up with the Snowger, which looks like a box plow with …

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Why SIMA, Why now?

Anyone who has been in the Snow and Ice Management industry for even a short while is familiar with SIMA, the Snow & Ice Management Association.  This week we had a chance to chat with SIMA CEO Martin Tirado about SIMA and how SIMA adds value to the Snow and Ice Management Industry. We asked, “Why Should Anyone Pay to be a Member of SIMA?” Snow management professionals are not charities.  They work hard to protect the public during and …

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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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Niche Snow Plow Manufacturer Survives in a Sea of Giants

Industry Spotlight: Blackline Snow Plows Blackline Snow Plows is known for making their niche market plows that are designed to work hard on ATVs, UTVs, Mini-Trucks, and even Zero Turn mowers.  The question is, how does a little snow plow manufacturer survive in an industry with such big names as Douglas Dynamics and Toro?  They survive at being really good at something the big dogs are weaker in. Blackline strives to be really good at snow plows for a wide …

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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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Illinois Passes Snow Removal Service Liability Limitation Act

What is the Snow Removal Service Liability Limitation Act in Illinois? Simply put, this new law in Illinois prevents the passing of liability from the property owner to another party for snow/ice removal related lawsuits.  This means that property owners cannot transfer risk from themselves to a snow removal contractor for a snow or ice related incident (like a slip and fall lawsuit) on his or her property.  The law is meant to protect all parties with the side goal …

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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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