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RoadWatch Winter 2014 Issue

  • Holiday Greetings!
  • This year’s Award of Excellence Recipient
  • Michelin Ice Melt Launch
  • Dealer Network Update
  • Read more…….RoadWatch_Winter 2014

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ARTICLES:

Helping Make Roads Safer in Manitoba

Posted by Fred  Persia 2013-05-15

Helpful tips for all municipalities prompted by CAA Manitoba’s  release of the results of their online poll for the worst roads in the province….ProPatch Tips for the Pros.

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North America’s Most Popular Dust Control Agent

Posted by Fred Persia 2013-04-10

Our 2nd article in our TIPS FOR THE PROS series focuses on the best ways to prevent fine airborne dust particles from becoming a major health concern for both people and animals….Full Article

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Are All Salt Brines Created Equal?

Posted by Angela Steigerwald 2013-03-28

All salt brine enhancers provide a necessary function helping to make driving surfaces safe.  Your best bet is to investigate the science and all claims fully, demanding documentation and then to try them all to make the choice that’s right for you…. VOAT’s Review

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Strategies to Save You Money

Posted by Angela Steigerwald 2013-03-20

As the Winter winds down, and all you road warriors reassess the costs associated with winter clean-up, let us share some exciting news from the Town of Woodstock’s Road Superintendent of Public Works, Dennis Porter, who tried something different this winter…Full Article

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Over 60 Million Served!

Posted by Fred Persia 2013-02-26

Innovative launches their TIPS FOR THE PROS series of articles designed to keep best practices at the forefront of all your product application requirements.  This initial article provides great insight into the fundamentals of cold mix applications….Full Article

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Corn Sugar For Roadways?

Posted by Angela Steigerwald 2013-01-28

La Presse’s on-line newsletter La Tribune recently published an article highlighting the progressive work the Ministry of Transportation of Quebec is doing using alternative de-icing products….Read More

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Town of Norwich Gets Innovative

Posted by Angela Steigerwald 2013-01-02

The Public Works Director for the Town of Norwich, Andy Hogdon, is always on the look-out for ways to improve service levels and safety concerns of his constituents.  By refitting existing equipment, he has….Read More

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North American Winters in Europe:  Focus on High Performance!

Posted by Angela Steigerwald 2011-03-29

Europe is facing increasingly severe weather systems which is making them look at their liquid ice melt techniques closely with an eye to improve performance, reduce salt usage and overall costs.  The application of premium deicing chemicals is gaining ground and Jos Wieringa, a consultant at Industry Match in Groningen – The Netherlands, brilliantly summarizes European practices in the attached article and the conclusion is High Performance.   Read more….Europe Winters Article

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Using Smoke & Mirrors to Create Consumer Confusion

Posted by Bob Carter in RoadWatch 2011-01-17

Be wary of manufacturers who misrepresent products as something they’re not.  I recently traveled to the ISSA jan-san industry conference and trade show in Orlando, where ice melt products represented a sizable portion of the goods promoted on the trade show floor.   Full Article

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Economics and the Environment

Posted Bob Carter in Snow Business,  I introduced the idea of achieving true economic and environmental sustainability by combining en­hanced liquid application levels with either dry salt or pretreated salts. The examples trended toward use by municipalities and bigger contractors with larger equipment. This month, I’d like to make the point for universal inclusion of enhanced liquid use for contractors of all sizes.  Full Article

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Keeping Liquids in the Mix

Posted by Angela Steigerwald 2010-11-10

Professional snow fighters must find ways to continue servicing their clients after the snow season ends.  The same liquid and solid products in different concentrations can be applied with the vehicle equipment you already use for winter snow & ice management.  Full Article

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Focus on Ice Melters

Posted by Angela Steigerwald in RoadWatch 2010-11-11

Focusing on the best products and services for today’s ice melting demands has been Innovative Surface Solutions expertise for over 15 years.  Full Article

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Economics & Environment:  Can they work together in snow?

Posted by Bob Carter in RoadWatch 2010-11-04

As snow fighting professionals, we have a responsibility to deliver the safest conditions possible for our clients. We have an even greater responsibility to operate using economically and environmentally sound products, practices and technologies. We have been getting better in managing our use of salt, but there is still room for improvement.  Full Article

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Finding Profit in Dust

Posted by Bob Carter in RoadWatch 2010-11-10

Several years ago, I spent 10 years as a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch in downtown Toronto.   Sitting in a room full of trainees my first year, we were instructed in the art of “tied selling” —finding as many different ways to “tie” our clients to the firm.  This usually meant by selling a variety ­of products (bonds, mutual funds, insurance, etc.)  to create a more complete relationship, thus making it harder for them to break their relationship and take their business elsewhere.  Full  Article

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Rock Salt Makeover

Posted by Bob Carter in RoadWatch 2010-11-10

Matt Rogers from U.S.­based Commodity Weather Group LLC recently said that winter 2009-10 would be the coldest on record in the U.S. Northeast since 1982. According to Rogers, extreme cold conditions will persist over North America through the end of March. The culprit is the actual positioning of El Nino, which set up camp further to the West than expected and near the Interna­tional Date Line. Prevailing wind patterns mean … we shiverFull Article

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Fuel for Thought

Posted by Bob Carter 2010-11-09

It might not be Whistler, Vail or even the local bunny slope, but the fastest-growing sport in Dubai, United Arab Emirate’s searing 100° F heat is indoor skiing. A towering, state-of-the-art facility stands approximately 25 stories high with runs of more than 1,300 ft. and a vertical height of almost 200 ft.  Full Article

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