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Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by plowking35, Jan 11, 2001.

  1. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    This question was asked in another thread, and its been awhile since we have discussed SIMA.
    It stands for Snow and Ice Management Association
    their web site is as follows
    They have just put a brand new site, and it is a great improvemnt over the old one. We even have a threaded forum. Not as many posts as here, but more detailed answers to certain types of questions. Take a look, and get some info on the organization.
    Feel free to call me at 860-859-0739, and I will happy to answer any questions regarding how I feel about SIMA.
  2. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    The association was formed back in 1996. Some minor history is on the web site. The actual story is long, and I was one of the 8 guys that was there "in the beginning" at the first organizational meeting. It (an association) was much needed and filled a large void as there is no other national association for contract plowers and property managers that do in-house plowing.

    The first Symposium was held in 1998 in Pittsburgh, PA. Three days of very intense interaction amongst plowers from all over the US and Canada. This June's Symposium will include our first trade show as well as numerous educational sessions. SIMA's Annual General Membership Meeting is also held at the Symposium.

    SIMA has a magazine that is published 4 times a year and is an insert in Lawn & Landscape magazine. It is our goal to have it as a stand alone magazine within the next 18 months.

    We currently have 650 members from 37 (?) states, Canada and Finland.

    You can find out more at the web site - http://www.sima.org

    I'm sure others will give some feedback here as to their thoughts on the subject.
  3. MJ

    MJ Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    As someone new to snowplowing and starting a snow removal business, I have found membership in SIMA to be an invaluable resource. The first example was when I discussed plans with the insurance agent. She asked how much experience I had in the field. Although I admitted to having no experience, when I mentioned belonging to SIMA and explained what it is, I gained credibility and that went on the form to the ins company. I also put it in my advertising and business cards.

  4. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    Tammy's back from the Toronto show. Says it went great!!! Huge show. Canucks did it up right.
    Membership up to 656 as of this afternoon.
  5. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    Iam not a memeber but have been considering it. My question is after seeing the price I wonder what the benfits are. Can someone give me more info?
  6. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    For the dollars spent on membership, the returns are tremendous.

    Email Tammy at the SIMA office, and she'll gladly have Vickie or Grace forward a mountain of information. Or.. better yet... go to the web site and just ask for info.
  7. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    I have sent a couple of e-mails with no response. This suprised me as this site has always praised them. I just sent another mail to them. Hope to get some info.
  8. BRL

    BRL PlowSite.com - Veteran
    Messages: 1,277

    The person that gets those E-mails was away for a trade show & just got back. I'm sure she will reply to you as soon as she gets back into the office & gets it.
  9. Aspen Snow

    Aspen Snow Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    SIMA has made our snow removal business grow 150% over the last three years. It has been so valuble to us, I think we are going to become a life time member this year. Also the new website is great.
  10. mountain

    mountain PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 23

    make that 657 and growing , I just mailed my membership this morning
  11. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    Mountain... many thanks.

    Also, I've emailed the SIMA office requesting that they check into Fireman's emails. I'll get some sort of response on Monday, and have told Fireman that SOMEONE will get back to him Monday.

    Most of you know that we don't work that way at SIMA.

    My apologies to Fireman for any oversight, however BRL was right about Tammy and Grace being in Toronto for that trade show last week. I hope that was it, however Vickie and I talked alot and I thought Vickie was checking Tammy's emails.

    We'll find out what happened.
  12. Yardworks

    Yardworks Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    What is the cost for membership? Lifetime membership?
  13. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    General Membership - $130 per year
    Lifetime Membership - $1500.00 (one time payment)

    Note: Lifetime membership will probably go up this summer.
  14. JCurtis

    JCurtis Banned
    Messages: 862

    How many Lifetime members are there out of the 657 or so members?
  15. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    I'm guessing here..... maybe 30
  16. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    John thank you for your response and action towards my post. I look forward to information on the organization. I am glad to see that there are some quality gentlemen on this site. It means a lot to me and others.
  17. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    Yuo're welcome.
    It was a pleasure going back and forth with you, and thank you for your patience.
  18. Eager Beaver

    Eager Beaver Senior Member
    Messages: 104

    Chuck and I Emailed each other this weekend after he sent out his newsletter and he was telling me of the great benifits that SIMA has done for him. With a association you definately benefit from the group not only with a wealth of information but the strength in numbers. I joined this morning!!! Hope to get the membership pkg ASAP.
    Eager Beaver Services LLC.
  19. diggerman

    diggerman Senior Member
    from Ames
    Messages: 700

    Just got my renewal,having a hard time writting the check.Maybe when the web site is up and running I'll feel better about it,but then again this site is free,but it will be nice to have a site that is hopefully not so political and geared toward making the moderators happy.Other than that I'm still looking and hoping that I find those benefits a least maybe I'll get another sticker.
  20. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327


    The site's up.

    And, if you re-up, I'll make sure you get another sticker.

    Just for you, not for everyone.

    Kinda makes you feel special, doesn't it ??