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Snow Removal Businesses Busy

December 11, 2013, 4:56 PM by Shawn Neisteadt

Snow Removal Businesses Busy
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Those who say there's no business like snow business probably haven't done the work for a living.

"In a row, I haven't seen my house in 30 hours," Corde McLaughlin of Outdoor Specialties said.

This week's combination of snow and wind has given McGlaughlin and his staff at Outdoor Specialties plenty to keep up with.

"It's just these trace amounts that are kind of a nuisance that if you don't stay on top of them, you get a thin layer of ice over everything and you wish you would have cleared the lot," McGlaughlin said.

McGlaughlin says there's also a sense of pride that goes into this work. It's also a competitive business. 

"A lot of the guys that do this type of work, they pride themselves in getting it done right.  They want to keep the account.  You do a bad job and they're not going to call you back the next year.  There's 100 different companies out there that will gladly take if over if they can," McGlaughlin said.

He adds that to be in this line of work, you have to be flexible. Just a few years ago he was doing dirt work in January. This year, it's all about snow, which can be profitable. Of course, the weather can always change.

"It's too early to tell, the only cool thing is we're going to have snow on the ground for Christmas," McGlaughlin said.

Those who remove snow say one of the best things you can do to help them is simply stay out of the way.  They also ask you to move vehicles out of the way but understand that's not always possible.

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