Snow & Ice Guide

No business like snow business

August 15, 2019By
MAAC Property Services staff (Photo: MAAC Property Services)

Adam Schlutt of MAAC Property Services discusses his reluctance to join the family business, his company’s challenges and his approach to the labor issue. read more

How to manage extended snow seasons

August 15, 2019By
Boss Snowplow (Photo: Polar Snow & Ice Solutions)

A few tips on what snow contractors can do to contend with an extended snow season, whether that be early-season or late-season storms. read more

Reduce your financial risk in snow management

August 15, 2019By
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Phil Harwood talks strategy by relaying to snow + ice management contractors how to reduce their financial risk in snow management. read more

Operating efficiently before, during and after snow events

May 14, 2019By
McIntosh truck out during storm. (Photo: McIntosh Grounds Maintenance)

Knee-deep in a no-excuse business, snow management companies must find ways to operate efficiently before, during and after snow events. “We only get one chance every one or two weeks to make money, so we have to be spot on,” says Doug McIntosh, owner and founder of Milan, Mich.-based McIntosh Grounds Maintenance, which has performed all-commercial snow services since about... read more

Recruiting game changer: finding purpose

May 14, 2019By
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Why? Why would someone agree to work at night, in the cold, on call, not knowing if a shift is going to last eight hours or 28 hours? Why do some people fall in love with the snow and ice management industry, while others resent having to work in it to make ends meet over the winter? The “why” question... read more

Plan before you plow

May 14, 2019By
Man plowing during snowstorm (Photo: Brian Mauer)

Owners better have a plan, team and equipment in place before the first flake of the year falls if they offer snow and ice removal services. Without those things, they (and their revenue stream) will be left frozen in place. Three landscape contractors offer tips and advice on purchasing snow equipment, hiring employees and becoming more efficient during the winter... read more