Plowing Businesses Benefit From Snow

By: Robert Borrelli
By: Robert Borrelli

Michiana businesses that are dependent on snow weren't doing so well during the early part of the winter.

Now, many are burning the midnight oil.

Not until the third week in January did Michiana receive any accumulation of snow.

However, since then, the situation has changed, forcing folks who clear parking lots to work overtime.

David Duncan of Custom and Moore Tree Experts says, "One man's blessing is another man's curse, I guess."

Duncan, whose company runs four plows, hasn't slept more than four-hours a night for the last week as he works to clear parking lots of snow.

"It's feast or famine”, says Duncan.

Snowfall, after snowfall, after snowfall, they try to clear parking lots before the start of the work day.

But, timing the snowfall doesn't always work.

Duncan says, "Nature's not on the same clock we are, so it doesn't always work so perfectly."

At South Bend's Fed Ex Distribution Center, they're running out of places to put the snow.

Tim Boser of Boser Landscaping says, "We get a lot of big piles and they accumulate. We've got a fence line along here where they park the trucks and we need to move that snow out of the parking areas."

It's a far cry from what weather we had earlier this winter, weather that all but eliminated the need for snow removal.

"Earlier in the year, there was nothing to worry about,” Boser says. “Now, it's you know, try to work 20-hours a day and get four hours of sleep a night and eat on the job."

It’s a situation being taking advantage of by private plowing firms.

Boser believes we’re not done with the snow. "I’m thinking we're gonna' get some more yet. This strange winter that we've had, it's almost like it's two months behind schedule or something and now, I think we're getting paid back a little bit for that nice weather."

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