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1,500 tons of salt... where to get it?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by jasonjones, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. jasonjones

    jasonjones Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Hi,

    I'm looking to get 1,500 tons of salt preferably delivered via barge.
    I live in the Chicagoland area.
    Can anyone point me in the right direction on where to start my search?
    I have heard South America has pretty good deals. I have even heard Spain could accommodate. I have just started this search process so any information as to where I may start looking will be much appreciated.

    Company names?
    Mines?
    Any information would be useful.

    Thanks,

    jj
     
  2. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    1500 tons isn't enough to get a barge you need to buy more.
     
  3. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,261

    At this point why get a barge? Do you have any local sorces?
     
  4. Bajak

    Bajak Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    Last edited: Apr 21, 2009
  5. jasonjones

    jasonjones Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Thanks,

    I sent Vicen an email to see if he has his prices set.

    As mentioned, I have just started my quest for 1500 tons of salt. I figured a barge would be cheapest in terms of salt and shipping.

    I don't 'need' to use a barge.
    Whatever is cheapest.

    Thanks for the web page.

    I'll let y'all know how my quest for salt goes.

    Over and out,

    jj
     
  6. jasonjones

    jasonjones Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I am now just educating myself on purchasing bulk salt.
    If a barge is not the best way, I won't be using a barge.
    I had it in my head that I'd get cheap salt overseas somewhere and by barging it in, it would be cheapest. Like I said, I'm pretty green at this point. Also my shop is located next to a canal so I figured it would be easier/cheaper to get a barge, put it alongside my lot, and unload it. So far it sounds that a barge may not be the best method.

    Thanks for the info,

    jj
     
  7. Bajak

    Bajak Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    http://www.purvismarine.com
    I used to see these guys around Georgian Bay when I was a young lad. They'll have prices for a barge contract. There was another barge company called Margro I'll see if I can find them. I used to go to school with one of the guys that worked there.
     
  8. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,699

    Yea, you'll be stuck trying to sell 10x more than you need if you commit to a barge...not to mention the up front $$ required........and the hassle.

    You should be able to get the quantity you need from a number of sources.
     
  9. jasonjones

    jasonjones Junior Member
    Messages: 9



    Awesome, Thanks.
    I'll check them out.

    I appreciate it.

    Over and out,

    jj
     
  10. jasonjones

    jasonjones Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I know this is a novice question, one I'm sure I'll figure out soon, but are you telling me that a barge holds 15K tons?

    If so, you are right. Way too much. I'm not opposed to getting a little more salt, maybe 3K tons, but 15K would be way too much.

    Thanks for your input,

    jj
     
  11. jasonjones

    jasonjones Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    What is everyone paying per ton of salt these days?
     
  12. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    How much salt did you use this winter and where did you get it from?
     
  13. jasonjones

    jasonjones Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I used close to 1,500 tons.
    Price varied from $90 to $120 a ton.
    Most being higher than 90.
    I got it from a local guy.
    I dragged my feet a little before the start of the season.
    I'm lookin to get some now and hopefully I'll get a decent price.

    What does everyone think the price of salt will do?
    Come down?
    Stay the same?

    Over and out,

    jj
     
  14. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    I would say it going to stay about the same
     
  15. plowjack

    plowjack Junior Member
    from yes
    Messages: 5

    salt

    I recieved a call from Mark at A1SALT they had 800 tons in Chicago on rail for 80.00 a ton picked up. They advertise on the p:redbouncelowsite
     
  16. SnowMatt13

    SnowMatt13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,533

    I have heard some local muni's bids came in around $70 for next year.
     
  17. plowjack

    plowjack Junior Member
    from yes
    Messages: 5

    70 is $12 - $25 higher than last year at this time
     
  18. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Depends where you are from

    Some muni bids where a lot higher than $70 last year
     
  19. T-MAN

    T-MAN PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,363

    $90 to $120 a ton last year was a good price early and mid season, especially local. Hell by Oct you could not find salt at $90.Once the weather shut down in Feb you could find it at those prices in march in quantity.
    Most prices were at around $135 and up last year till the market got saturated, and the snow quit.
    Try Conserv FS, they have decent prices.

    1500 Tons is a barge load.
     
  20. readysnowplow

    readysnowplow Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    I operate in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. I am looking for a cheap salt source to fill my boss spreader. .. anybody got any suggestions? I usually fill it with bag salt but it's becoming a hassle and I'm tired of it. Where do you suggest getting about a ton of salt dumped into my spreader? Preferably one that is open either really early or really late