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salt situation

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by cretebaby, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    how long do you think it will take for this salt situation to be fixed. read somewhere, might have been on here, that north america is 1-1.5 million tons of salt short if we have a normal winter. i think this will take several years and even then they will have everyone prebuying and prepaying no more going down to the salt pile to get a tandem load to restock the salt barn after every storm
     
  2. Ipushsnow

    Ipushsnow Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    I think it will be year or two. Right now the muni's are running scared because of last year and are buying a lot more than they usually do, which leaves us contractors scrambling. Even if we have a normal winter and salt is available next year I think a lot of contractors will do the same thing, buy more salt than we usually do because it will be 2 years of scrambling to get salt-(end of last year and then this year). So the muni's stock up this year, we stock up next year so we have some in reserve, and that will keep prices high.

    And just like you never thought you would be happy paying $3.00 per gallon for fuel, you never thought you would be paying $100.00 per ton for salt and be happy. But I think the days of $35-45 per ton for salt are gone forever!
     
  3. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    i normally bid the city's salt too, and this year i called NASC to get a quote.....and they said they are not taking on any ANY new muni's and did NOT even have the salt to provide if the bid was won. :eek:

    pj
     
  4. AMY TOWN & COUN

    AMY TOWN & COUN Junior Member
    from CHICAGO
    Messages: 3