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Basics of the Snow & Ice Bid (pdf) Author: Brian Birch, SIMA Staff. Bidding on work in the snow & ice industry can be a time-intensive and challenging part of the business. In order to sustain a successful, growing snow business, it can also be the most important aspect of your snow strategy.

Going Green in the Snow & Ice Management Industry (pdf) Author: Brian Birch & Ellen Kobach, SIMA Staff. Managing snow and ice during harsh winter conditions is challenging work. From unpredictable weather patterns to dangerous conditions, snow and ice professionals face many difficulties while maintaining safety for the public during the worst winter weather. In addition to these existing challenges, a whole new set of issues is arising regarding environmental stewardship and conservation. The increased pressure and paradigm shift that is taking place in the US (and is occurring at a faster pace in many countries across the globe) related to environmental concerns will continue to effect the industry as these concerns reach the public and government levels.

Industry Watch: Snow & Ice Management 2008/2009 (pdf) Author: Brian Birch & Ellen Kobach, SIMA Staff. The snow and ice management is a challenging industry to be a part of, as the unpredictability of weather can make it difficult to forecast for the future. As this past winter proved, it is not easy to predict what the season will bring, whether it is too much snow or not enough snow. The 2008/2009 winter season will again be a challenge for both private snow removal service providers as well as government agencies involved in such work. A number of social, economic, and environmental factors will add complexity to the already difficult business of maintaining safe conditions during harsh winter storms.

Certified Snow Professional (pdf) Author: Ellen Kobach, SIMA Staff. How do you certify someone to plow snow? Since the Snow & Ice Management Association began offering the Certified Snow Professional (CSP) program to snow and ice contractors, we’ve encountered some skeptical attitudes towards it. Early on, many people couldn’t believe that there was a certification program dedicated entirely to the snow and ice management industry. Throughout the years the SIMA staff has traveled across North America, promoting the program at trade shows and other events. No matter the location, inevitably the question is asked; “How do you certify someone to plow snow?” Read more in this document.

Creating the Crew (pdf) Author: Brian Birch, SIMA Staff. Amassing Your Legion of Plow-Armed Snow Movers - The removal of snow and ice during winter months in North America can be some of the most difficult and stressful work maintenance or facilities supervisor will manage throughout the year. The seasonal challenges range from managing a crew or number of crews and large storms with significant snow and/or ice to fatigue from long hours and hazardous conditions for both employees and patrons/visitors to the location. Read more on how to manage your team of snow movers.

Efficiency and Snow (pdf) Snow & Ice Removal: Are you up to the challenge?
The removal of snow and ice during winter months in North America can be some of the most difficult and stressful work maintenance or facilities supervisor will manage throughout the year. Even with budget considerations, snow and ice management at your facility must be examined with the overall goal in mind; maintaining a safe environment for pedestrians and vehicles, allowing people to go about their daily lives and limiting risk for your employer. Read this article to be maximize your efficiencies as a snow and ice contractor.