Yes, We Work During The Summers Too

Naturally, many people wonder what a snow removal and ice management company does during the hot summer months. Obviously, there isn’t any snow to clear or impending ice storms that need monitoring. Believe it or not, we are just as busy during the middle of July as we are in December. A company as in-depth and careful as ours has constant overhead, information, and management requirements to make sure we are in tip-top shape and ready to hit the roads come the first Northeastern snowfall (which can be as early as October).

If you’re one of those people wondering what we’re up to right now, stick around and we’ll go through some of our regular upkeep tasks:

- General Preventative Maintenance on All Equipment

We deal with heavy-duty equipment, plows, and machinery here at Xtreme Snow Pros. As such, this equipment needs some tender love and care when it’s not in use. We go through our entire inventory, keep count, and oversee cleaning and repairs for anything that needs it. That means equipment, trucks, machines, and anything in-between. It’s a tedious task, but one we don’t mind, as it’s essential for our winter performance.

- Conventions and Workshops

In order to be at the top of our game, we need to constantly study up on the industry’s latest trends and developments. Although we have dozens of accreditations to our name today, there are constantly new tests and courses for us to complete. This is the most essential part of our operation. Without education, we’d fall fast behind the competition.

- Assess Training Process

In order to join our Xtreme Team, we require applicants and staff to undergo serious training, both inside and outside of the classroom. Not everyone has what it takes to join our team, which is why we put a lot of time into our training and hiring processes. From the initial application to the real-world scenarios we put our students through, we make sure they’re ready to go by the end of it all. During the summer, we sit down as a team and go over the exact criteria for hiring new staff. It’s a constant process for us.

- Sales Marketing

Sales and marketing are ever-changing necessities for a business today. With social media, content marketing, and email marketing being incredibly popular right now, we make sure that our sales efforts are targeting the right people at the right time. As a commercial snow and ice management company, we are always looking for new clients in the New York and New Jersey corridor.

- Vacation?

We’re only humans, too. A lot of us go on vacation during the hot summer months. When most people are in Disney World during their kid’s February or April school breaks, we’re hitting the roads all night and all day. Right now is the perfect time for us to enjoy a little break from the hustle and bustle.

Pay More for Services and Less for Risk with Commercial Snow Contractors

We’ve all heard the classic statement, “You get what you pay for!” It still holds true today for a lot of services and products – if not all of them. The problem is that though this common sense saying pretty much says it all when it comes to management, many business owners still try to cut corners to save pennies. Commercial winter weather snow and ice removal is not something you want to skimp out on.

It’s one thing to tell your lawn mower to skip one week since the rain forecast is a bit dry. It’s another to hire a cheap and inexperienced winter weather company that doesn't effectively remove and prevent snow and ice. The result in the latter case is a decrease in business, an increase in risks for personal lawsuit injury cases, and of course, the contribution to someone getting hurt. It’s just not an option to go for cheap, and here are Xtreme Snow Pros, we’re here to tell you why.

Poor Customer Service

Snow isn’t something that can be partially cleared and left alone for the remainder of the storm. Snow is its own demon and can consume your entire property, making it impossible for patrons to stop by and come in. With this kind of obstacle, your customers will pass you by and invest in the next company down the road with cleared streets, parking lots, and sidewalks. No one wants to trudge through the snow.

Plus, with expert 24-7 snow and ice removal services, customers will recognize that you run a serious, lucrative operation. If you present your customers with a top-notch facility, they’ll be more likely to invest in your services and consider you a top talent.

More Injuries 

We’ve all fallen on the ice or snow. Depending on where and when it’s not a pleasant experience. Thousands of people break hips, knees, backs, and other painful places every year when they slip on the ice. The problem is that if it happens on your commercial property, people have grounds for a lawsuit. In this situation, you’ll be mighty sorry you passed up high-quality snow and ice removal services for a multi-thousand-dollar lawsuit.

And of course, who wants their loyal patrons getting hurt? It’s not a good look for them or for you.

You Get What You Pay For

Here at Xtreme Snow Pros, we have expertly curated technology that gives us real-time feedback regarding impending weather, as well as monitoring of physical locations. Through our salt, liquid ice melting products, and high-quality machinery, we’re able to keep our client’s properties in pristine condition through the toughest blizzards. With us, you most certainly get what you pay for: top-notch award-winning services you won’t ever have to worry about.

“It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that's all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting alot - it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.” - John Ruskin

Why Commercial Snow Removal Companies Are a Property Manager’s Best Friends

Every snow contractor has a different approach to planning, overseeing, and administering snow and ice removal services during the winter season. By following the best practices out there today, firms like Xtreme Snow Pros are able to save business owners time and money through their high quality performance. As a firm that’s dedicated to making sure they literally get out in front of the storm, they’re actually able to save property managers money in the process.

Here are a few notable ways in which the beneficial relationship saves time and dollars:

1. Education:

Professional snow and ice removal companies are the experts when it comes to managing winter weather. Property managers are tasked with understanding a variety of services and problems for being effective. By working alongside the snow removal company, they will receive a steady influx of education that helps them to understand how to effectively and smartly treat the weather.

2. Anti-Icing Products

Salt isn’t the only ice solution available to business owners today. Contrary to popular belief, there are actually anti-icing liquids that can be utilized on properties prior to snowstorms. Xtreme Snow Pros uses this product, as opposed to excessive salting, as a way to save property managers money. Additionally, it spares the environment, too.

3. Salt Savings

Salt costs a lot of money today. Any business owner reading this will know what we mean. The problem is that many property managers don’t know there are alternatives. By working alongside a snow removal company, they will learn about de-icing liquids that are a fraction of the rock salt pricing. Property managers will also save money when there’s less environmental damage viewable at the end of the winter season.

4. Advanced Technology

Whether it’s the latest in snow hauling equipment or the newest advances in communication, a professional snow company knows to be ahead in order to provide the best service possible to its clients. Xtreme Snow Pros’ advances in technology are ever growing. They provide clients with log in capabilites to view the status and pictures of their properties in real time providing peace of mind and customer satisfaction.

5. Lawsuits

There’s perhaps nothing more expensive than dealing with a personal injury lawsuit. If a patron slips, falls, and is injured on commercial property, they have grounds to sue that company. Though property managers may do their best to try and prevent this kind of problem, it can become very difficult with the typical Northeastern winter weather. By working with a snow and ice removal company, commercial clients can rest assured that they’ll never be slapped with a multi-thousand-dollar lawsuit out of the blue.

Of course, Xtreme Snow Pros takes the time to develop a detailed snow response plan that prevents any kind of catastrophes for their commercial clients. In the long-run, they save property managers thousands of dollars – not to mention, they provide some peace of mind during the year’s most chaotic weather months.

Xtreme Snow Pros Management Attends 20th Annual SIMA Convention

Xtreme Snow Pros’ Chris Marino, Joe Capobianco, and Jeff Falica attended the 20th Annual SIMA Convention, held in Montreal, this past month. Excited to be part of the 3-day event, the Snow Pros team attended workshops, seminars, exhibitions, and other networking events for collaborating with other winter weather management companies working hard today.

Taking place from June 20 to the 23, the Snow and Ice Symposium was put on by the SIMA organization, a network of individuals committed to empowering snow and ice management for success. As a nonprofit trade association that focuses on training, events, and best practices related to snow plowing, ice management, and business management, SIMA hosts a convention yearly to bring together the industry’s leading companies, innovators, and equipment producers.

Educational workshops available at the event included: Nuts & Bolts of a Successful Snow Removal Operation, Legal Game Planning, De-icing, De-mystified, and Technological Change & the Future of Snow Services. Keynote speakers included Marc Gordon, Donald Cooper, and Robyn Benincasa. The Snow Pros team was in attendance at all major events, including facility touring workshops, the networking breakfast, the Snow & Ice Awards Night, the CEO of the Year Presentation, and the event Tradeshow.

When not hosting the conference, SIMA works throughout the year to develop and administer new ice and snow removal curriculum standards for industry leaders to study. The Xtreme Snow Pros operation is already a SIMA accredited business; however, they make sure to complete all new certification courses as SIMA develops and offers them. Right now, SIMA offers best practices guides and resources, peer-to-peer education with workshops around the Northeast, and on-demand access to training centers.

As a dedicated winter weather removal team with snow removal, ice removal, and winter weather preparatory services available to residents in New Jersey and New York today, the Xtreme Snow Pros team travels to a variety of events, tradeshows, and educational classes throughout the year to ensure they are offering top-notch services to all of their commercial clients. By keeping up with the industry’s latest practices, they are able to implement services that save client's money, spare the environment, and contribute to a smarter all-around operation for everyone involved.

The management team expressed their satisfaction and encouragement with this year’s convention and looks forward to attending the 2018 SIMA Convention.

Xtreme Snow Pros’ Chris Marino Attends Snow Warrior Conference Maine

Earlier this week, Chris Marino, traveled north to attend a multi-day event in Maine. Called the Snow Warrior Conference Maine, the event fostered collaboration between business peers all working within the greater snow and ice management industries. As part of the Snow & Ice Management (SIMA) Member Peer Groups initiative, Xtreme Snow Pro was able to collaborate and communicate with other industry leaders and their management performance.

During the event, Marino worked with his group peers to come up with hypothetical solutions to issues and unforeseen obstacles they could expect while out on the road. By partaking in this kind of roundtable event, Xtreme Snow Pros was rewarded with new ideas and recommendations for snow and ice management that other companies are already implementing today. Since specific markets from around the country require different kind of response times and preparedness, new techniques were shared from the West Coast with those located on the East Coast.

Whilst at the event, Marino had the opportunity to go on a factory tour for Fisher Engineering, which is part of Douglas Dynamics. Xtreme Snow Pros purchases their snow plows and salters from Douglas, where they then use them for the management of their various Northeastern clientele properties. On the tour, he was exposed to the lean manufacturing process at Douglas Dynamics, and how they design their ergonomic products for efficient and effective winter weather clearing each season. Chris was trained in the manufacturing process, and also got to witness an overview of the entire assembly line.

Afterward, Xtreme Snow Pros congregated with the other companies on the tour and compared their observations and notes moving forward. Peers shared their preferred machinery for effective winter weather clearing, providing the team with new information to implement this coming season.

Xtreme Snow Pros’ Chris Marino, is part of SIMA’s Member Peer Groups, comprised of 6 to 8 members that self-govern and meet to discuss snow industry best practices, labor trends, staffing, competition, market dynamics, economic trends, technologies and more.

Following the event, Chris happily brought home new information and learned techniques for revolutionizing the business practices for this coming winter weather season.