Snow & Ice Industry News


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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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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