With the crazy weather this year I looked into snow plow services. Depending on what area you are from, perhaps this isn’t an issue.
But for a good part of the country this is not just an issue it is a necessity!
Without it we wouldn’t be able to get out of the house, because not everyone knows how to drive in winter. So if you’re a rookie that just got the CDL license, you might be able to earn a little extra cash plowing snow.
However, I had no idea just how ‘real’ the snow plow services industry truly is. I don’t mean that to sound either naive or disrespectful, I just never really thought about it!
Oh sure I have seen the state road crews plowing and salting the roads. I have seen the plows clearing the parking lots as well.
But to be honest I really thought they were just some guys with 4×4 trucks and a plow making extra money.
I really had no idea just how big of an industry the snow plow services actually are.
According to IBISWorld, a leader in providing business information since 1971, the snow plow services is a 14 billion dollar a year industry!
There are almost 300,000 people who make their living removing ice. That doesn’t count those who do it a side cash job or just to help out, but actually employed as snow removal professionals.
Now of course snow removal is a seasonal job for most. Many of the truck drivers either do it on a part-time basis or perform other function within the company between snow storms.
However, in many parts of the country ice and snow removal can be almost full-time depending on the fierceness of the season.
However, the birth of snow removal as a professional industry is relatively young. I am not saying there weren’t professions all along, but in the early 90’s things began to change.
It went away from the ‘good-ole-boy’ with a pick-up to an actual industry.
With the changes came the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA) in 1996. This changed the face of snow plow services. Soon the seasonal contractors began to fade, though many still operate, it became a business (snow and ice management).
As with most changes the snow plow services saw the inclusion of proper training and the institutions to train would be snow removers.
They training cost and course vary depending on where you go. Some of the training academies are:
If you’re in the market for equipment used for snow plow services, there are a few links to help point you in the right direction. As usual these are not the only snow removal equipment suppliers and/or manufactures but can give you a good start in your research.
There is a ton of information out there now available for those wishing to learn more, beside the SIMA.
These resources can help keep you up to date on the laws and regulations, related to the industry.
It can give you tips on business related issues and even offer some good information in general.
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As usual there are more than just these, but here is couple to point you in the right direction.
As I said on the beginning, I had no idea just how big this industry actually is. I have listed 10 companies that offer snow plow services. I based this list off what seemed to be some of the best out there.
However, you might prefer another company. Another thing to remember; though the industry has grown many of those who offer snow plow services are small in size and big in service. So do your research and find the best in your local area!
Unlike some of the top ten list that I’ve made in my previous blog articles, such as top truck driving schools, top trucker magazines, or top reality trucking TV shows, it was hard to find the top ten national snow plow services. This is because snow plow services are such a seasonal thing.
Unless you are kid who shovels driveways you’re not going to make a living strictly providing snow plow services.
So most have either other jobs, or provide other services. It seems a common theme with these is the tree and landscape industry. As an additional service they plow, salt, and clear snow/ice.
But, if you would like to find companies who offer these services in your area, there are several resources available.
These guides often offer rating on the quality of service for a particular company. Many even do offer the 10 best snows plow services or anything else might be for a particular city.
A few of these are:
Some of those I am sure you have heard of while others you might not have, but they offer a lot of useful information on pretty much everything. Just name it!
Anyway, to not beat the dead horse, without any further delays here is my list with 10 good companies offering snow plow services:
Unlike the others listed, CentiMark is not about snow plow services, but more about snow removal. They are particular focused on the clearing of snow from the roves of home and business.
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