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Snow Removal Companies Prep for Snow

Updated: Dec 18, 2012 05:37 PM CST

Local snow plow companies say they are ready for a change of scenery. They are hoping within the next few days the roads will be covered in a blanket of snow so they can finally fire up their plows and make some money.

 "Let it snow," said Ryan Iossi, Owner of RC Iossi Snow and Ice Management.

Iossi says surviving last season was tough and he is ready to get to work.

 "It hurt us definitely," he said.

However, when he heard snow is finally on the way, he took a cautiously optimistic approach.

"I try not to get too excited, certainly get my hopes up, but I've learned over the years to wait until a day or two before because it changes so much."

 Iossi says whether we get ten or two inches, he will be ready. Tuesday he checked his equipment to make sure everything is up to par.

"Before every event we bring everyone in. We go through the trucks, make sure they are fueled up, make sure everything is operating and working together."

He says the promise of snow not only means much needed business, but also much needed training his crew missed out on last season.

"For us if a guy does a job a dozen times a year he gets proficient at it and we learn to be able to meet or exceed customers expectations even better. However, if we are only plowing 2 to 3 times a year like last year it's difficult for that learning curve to work in our favor."

One newer thing that is working in Iossi's favor is seasonal billing. That's where people are billed a flat rate for snow removal, regardless of the amount of snow. Iossi says some of his customers opt for that, which offers him some kind of security when the weather is this nice. However, he says sometimes it works in his customers favor, like when there is a major snow storm.

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