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TAG: snow and ice management

Worth its salt: Why direct liquid brine applications are useful

September 2, 2020By
Liquid brine truck (Photo: David J. Frank Landscape Contracting Inc.)

Snow professionals at David J. Frank Landscape Contracting divulge why direct liquid brine applications are a useful tool in the snow services toolbox. read more

SafetyWatch: Ice melt safety

January 14, 2020By
Ice melt in action (Photo: Natural Alternative)

When it comes to applying ice melt products, there are a few things snow contractors should keep in mind to ensure it’s done properly and safely. Consider using a product that has a pattern indicator, which is a colorant, so you can see where you’re applying, especially during a snowstorm. Keep in mind that as much as 30 percent of... 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

Command premium prices for snow and ice management

August 4, 2017By
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The snow and ice management industry is a diverse and competitive marketplace with many different types of customers and contractors serving it. Still, there is ample opportunity to command premium prices. After all, focusing on the premium market segments is a strategic decision and a choice not all companies will make. In a snow industry benchmarking study published by Hindsite... read more

SQA accredited by ANAB to issue SN 9001 certifications

December 9, 2013By

Smithers Quality Assessments (SQA), based in Akron, Ohio, became the first certification body to be accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to certify professional snow and ice management companies to the SN 9001 Quality Management Systems standard. “As snow removal contractors prepare for the winter season in North America, we are ready to offer certification to the SN... read more