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No Snow A Challenge For Removal Business

November 19, 2012, 5:18 AM

No Snow A Challenge For Removal Business
MADISON, SD -

December is right around the corner and so far Santa will have to make dry landings for Christmas.     

But St. Nick isn't the only guy the lack of snow is affecting. The people who take it off your driveway or parking lot are waiting on it, also.

You may have already seen ads up that say, "for snow removal call this number." While the phones are silent, the lack of snow to move isn't necessarily a terrible thing for those businesses.

"I see it as a good thing actually," Corde McLaughlin with Outdoor Specialties said.

McLaughlin does landscaping and fills his winter months with snow removal. But it looks like we could see another dry winter.

"Things can get slow but you hope you have a good enough year in the summer to make it through that type of stuff.  Whether there's snow or not, you still have to get up and go to work every day," McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin was able to landscape through most of last winter. February and March shut him down.  But other than that, the ground didn't completely freeze. And while he says a lack of snow could take a chunk out of his winter revenue, it could actually mean he'll see more money come spring.

"A lot of these builders are able to keep working without the hindrance of snow. It's unfortunate for me because that's part of what I do for an income.  But when other builders are able to keep going with what they're doing, it actually means more work in the spring for this type of stuff," McLaughlin said.

He says if the snow stays away, more people will likely be happy than sad about it.  But keeping an open mind for work that will come his way could also make all the difference.

"Like last year we, I got into doing some demo work, you know, completely trading or a different style trade I guess, ripping out interior of building and that type of stuff.  So you just have to be diverse," McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin says while he has options, there are crews that rely solely on snow removal for their winter income and they will be hurt the worst if Old Man Winter doesn't deliver.

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