Learn from the Best: Jim Schill, a Seasoned Snow Manager, Shares What He Has Learned in the Snow Business

Kanon Kulpa

Every snow subcontractor hoping to grow his/her snow and ice management business should actively seek out a mentor—to learn the ropes as well as avoid the pitfalls of running a white business. Jim Schill from Schill’s Ground Management has been in the snow management business for the past 25 years. Schill shares some of his advice to younger snow subcontractors …

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Salt-Reducing Legislation Coming to a Snow State Near You

Do you overuse deicer on private roads and retail parking lots because you’re afraid that you’ll be held liable in a slip and fall lawsuit? Do you know that some states are writing bills to protect you from liability while also requiring less road salt be used to deice roads and highways? The Problem with Too Much Deicer on the …

Pack Leader Profile: LCC Landscapes

QuattroPlow — The Missing Mathematical Component The Caggiano family business hits on the right equation for efficiency and profitability for snow-removal. Simple Math Snow removal is a numbers game for Lou Caggiano and his company, LCC Landscapes out of Fairfield, N.J. It’s all about hitting equilibrium among the components of the efficiency equation – people, equipment and time – to …

Post Snow Plow Season

The Season’s Winding Down — It’s Time to Get Organized

For some of you, you still have a month or more to go before you clean off your equipment and store it for next winter’s snow season. Now’s the perfect time to talk about the three areas of your snow business that need check-ups before closing down the winter season. Three Areas to Focus On Even if you’re still fighting …

How to Keep Your Cool While Plowing Snow

Kanon Kulpa

You hear about road rage on the news. People are losing control over themselves to prove a point. Unfortunately, this road rage, also known as snow rage in the winter, leads to car accidents and death. For example, in Pennsylvania, a nearly 30-year-old man shot and killed an 18-year old young woman because she wouldn’t let him cut in front …

10 Tips for Plowing Snow

10 Tips for New Snow Contractors

Kanon Kulpa

Snow removal can be a fantastic way to keep seasonal workers busy and keep your company name fresh in the minds of your customers. Whether you’re completely new or even somewhat new to taking on this service for your clients, learning ways to maximize your profitability in snow removal is job one. The biggest piece of advice any snow expert …

Pack Leader Profile – Seasonal Property Services

Kanon Kulpa

Cutting-Edge Downtime Equals Less Seat Time for Seasonal Property Services David Kooiman is always looking for ways to make life easier for his crews and get his customers’ snow removal done faster. He found a single solution for both in an AutoWing plow.  Seasonal Property Services David Kooiman started Seasonal Property Services with a pickup and straight plow attachment in 2012. …

Bidding on Low Snow Tolerance Facilities? Here’s What You Need to Know

Kanon Kulpa

Snow and ice management on medical facilities can be lucrative. However, you need to understand the details that go into keeping these facilities’ sidewalks and parking lots clean. Beefing Up Your Crews & Preparation Keeping walkways, roads, parking lots, parking garages, helipads and ambulance bays clear of snow and ice isn’t for the lone subcontractor. Indeed, you’ll experience success and …

Reduce use of salt this winter at job sites

Maximize Your Plowing Efficiency While Lowering Your Salt Dependency

Kanon Kulpa

By now, you know that there is a shortage of salt. The snow and ice management industry has stayed on top of this issue since announcing it in August. Plus, you should have your salt supply by now. But is it enough? Do you have enough salt to last your crews until spring—especially if it’s a high snow season? The …

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10 Tips for Hiring the Right Snow Subcontractor this Winter

Kanon Kulpa

Snow and ice removal is a risky business. You need to nail down properties to plow, hire subcontractors and get your fleet ready for the season. Then, you need to take your employees and subs to perform a site visit. The last thing you need in all of this prep work is a shady subcontractor who increases your risk and …