Monthly Archives: December 2016

SIMA Taking Snow Business Magazine In-House


SIMA-Snow-Business-magazines-image-2SIMA 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.

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As Leslie Boomer, publisher of Snow Business magazine, puts it, “SIMA has grown to the point where the board feels it is fiscally and operationally able to assume control of the magazine and chart a new path that will deliver additional value to our members.”

What Changed with Snow Business?

The core team at Snow Business magazine remains mostly the same, so what has changed? Taking the opportunity to re-evaluate how Snow Business magazine lines up with the overall goals of SIMA, the magazine will undergo a redesign beginning with the February 2017 issue with new contributors and additional content that will create additional value for readers.


What is New with Snow Business?

What stays the same?  For the reader, the assurance that SIMA will ensure the best, most relevant articles for the success of your business because the success of the industry will stay the cornerstone of the publication.  The magazine will stay the leading, industry dedicated publication focusing on the needs of those in the snow and ice management industry.  The magazine will still cover best practices as well as keep a focus on developing industry trends.  The magazine is “peer reviewed,” in other words, it is snow and ice management experts that ensure the articles are accurate and relevant for reader, not articles driven by private interests.

The editorial advisory board is still made up of a diverse group of experienced and trusted SIMA members and industry stakeholders.  The magazine is also BPA-audited, so advertisers can be assured their marketing dollars are put to good use.  Since SIMA is a trade association rather than a for-profit company, you can know for sure this magazine will continue to create value for everyone in the snow and ice removal industry; it is in SIMA’s best interest to do so.


SIMA feels the change is good for the association, SIMA members, anyone who receives the mailing, and even advertisers and sponsors.  We at Snow Plow News are also looking forward to seeing the changes Snow Business magazine will make as they seek to stay relevant to their readership.

One important note is SIMA would like everyone who loves Snow Business magazine to sign up again for the free magazine, even if you already receive it, just to be sure your name does not get lost during transition period.  Signing up for the magazine takes only a couple of minutes, is free, and is valuable for helping your snow business grow.  Don’t risk missing the next issue, go ahead and sign up now!

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Bonnell Commander Series Multi-Purpose Truck Bodies

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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, salt spreaders and truck equipment. Bonnell is a major supplier of snow and ice removal equipment for cities and towns all over the country. The headquarters for Bonnell Industries is located in Dixon, Illinois.

Check out the video above to see how the Commander rules the winter roads.

Bonnell Introduces The Commander Multi-Purpose Truck Bodies

Bonnell Commander

Bonnell’s Commander Series truck body is built for big trucks. This unit won’t fit on a ½ ton pickup truck. To rule the road with one of these bad boys, you’ll need to look into  Class 7 and Class 8 big trucks. This is serious equipment for large snow removal operations. Bonnell specializes in meeting the needs of municipal road management.

The Commander Is A Year Round, Multi-Functional Big Truck Body

The Commander big truck body is the result of an impressive engineering effort. The all-new design makes use of a prism shape that tapers toward the middle and back of the unit. This allows for efficient movement of material to the center of the dump body without having to raise it. It’s designed to serve year round as a salt spreader and pre-melt applicator in winter months, and dump body throughout the rest of the year.  You can also get the body with a conveyor or dual auger bottom.

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Take a look at our videos showing these bodies in action spreading spreading road salt!

Check out the video above to see how the Commander rules the winter roads.

Bonnell Commander Truck Body Features

Bonnell Commander Truck

  • Built to accommodate high capacity pre-wetting tank systems
  • Tapered design handles compacted and odd or uneven shaped material for easy dumping
  • Commander bodies available in carbon, stainless steel and more
  • Front discharge center conveyor for front spread capabilities
  • Adjustable feed gate
  • AWS compliant weld standards
  • Reinforced fabricated log-sills and cross-member for additional structural support
  • Summer conveyor floor cover
  • Twin pneumatic cylinders lock tailgate into position with over-center latches
  • Stainless sub-floor protects under-body from corrosion

Are you a snow and ice removal professional with a big operation? Are you responsible for keeping roads clear in your municipality? Visit Bonnell Industries for more information on their full line of Work Trucks Now Equipment.

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This article was updated December 1, 2016, for renewed accuracy.