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  • Website Updates

    Website Updates

    Our sales and marketing team have made quite a few revisions to the flow of the website. Our goals are to create a simpler buying experience. We want to educate users with any knowledge on snow removal, and promote smart purchasing in the industry.

     

    System Icons

    First, we have created and have began implementing icons to represent the predicted effectiveness of each system on various road categories.

    Understanding Icons - Winter Equipment Website Icon Explanation

    These icons are featured with all of our systems to assist customers in quickly identifying which system may be ideal for their particular application. You can find these on catalog listings, product pages, and even literature for our systems.

     

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    We also wanted to create an introduction to who Winter Equipment is, and why we've been a leader in the snowplow wear parts industry for years. Here we discuss our PlowGuards, the system concept, and our unrivaled customer service. You can also use the "Schedule a Visit" button to have a territory manager come to you at your convenience.

     

    Educational Section:

    We have also created three main pages with helpful sub-pages to explain core concepts of wear parts in snow removal, and show what Winter Equipment has done for each of these. At the bottom of each of these pages, we have a navigation element to move you between these concepts:

    What is a Snowplow Blade? - Winter Equipment Website What is a Snowplow Blade?

    What is a Snowplow Blade? This page discusses the core concepts of the snowplow blade and how it interacts with the road. This page also contains a link to an interactive page that shows all of the parts of the snowplow. Here you can also get more information about the more common materials used in the snow removal industry.

    What is a PlowGuard? - Winter Equipment Website What is a PlowGuard?

    What is a PlowGuard? This page defines the PlowGuard and discusses Winter Equipment's involvement in advancing the snow removal industry with the original patent for these. Then it shows some examples of PlowGuards, and shows how you can easily determine which PlowGuards to use when experiencing common wear patterns.

    What is a Snowplow Blade System? - Winter Equipment Website What is a Snowplow Blade System?

    What is a Snowplow Blade System? This page defines our system concept using text and graphics to provide an overview of what this concept is. It then goes into a few of the benefits that go along with purchasing blades this way. There is another button to "Schedule a Visit" similar to the one on the Why Winter? page. Then you can see a list of all of our systems broken down by blade material.

    Find Your System Tool:

    Find Your Snowplow Blade System - Winter Equipment Website Find Your Snowplow Blade System

    Most importantly, the Find Your Snowplow Blade System page is dedicated to determining which system best fits your needs. After answering a series of questions about your snow removal organization, this tool will recommend 2-4 systems that we think would be good for you. Once you've received your recommended systems, you can choose up to 2 to compare, or jump straight to generating your quote.

    Compare

    The comparison page allows you to plug in multiple systems in order to see how they size up to each other. Some of the attributes we have to compare on are price, reviews, blade information, cutting profile, and more!

    Quote

    Finally, you are able to take the information you have input previously and generate an online quote. Input as much information as you'd like, as it will all benefit our sales representatives as they try to assist you with your order. After you've input the required information, we will generate you a web quote that you may view right away, as well as on your email.

    All of this information will be sent to a sales representative, and they will email or call you to follow up on this request.

     

    Feedback

    We greatly appreciate your feedback at Winter Equipment. Please don't hesitate to submit any feedback you have about the website. Thank you for your continued support.

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  • Clearing the Air

    Clearing the Air 

    Welding is who we are. Blades, guards... you name it. Our proprietary weld process is what sets us apart in the industry.

    Our specialized welding team practices fusion welding, specifically electric arc; process of applying an electric arc to melt the base and filler metals. The two types of electric arc welding performed at Winter® include:

    • Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) Filler metal electrode; flux shield
    • Gas Metal Arc (GMAW/MIG) consumable electrode for filler metal; external gas shield

    Improper safety procedures can lead to harmful effect to the welder and other operators on the production floor. Exposure to welding fumes can cause kidney, lung, and nervous system damage.

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    Saul Soria

    Winter® Welder

    A valued team member since 2009

     Winter® has recently installed a new air recovery system that efficiently and effectively removes the harmful smoke and ambers away from the operator. The combination of fume hoods, extractor guns, and vacuum nozzles are placed appropriately (close to the source) to pull the fumes away from the operator as quickly as possible. Exhaust ports are properly located to increase safety for all manufacturing team members.

    The new air recovery system along with proper cleaning procedures, proper machine placement, and appropriate operator positioning make the manufacturing environment safe for everyone on the floor. Moving forward, Winter® will continue to invest in equipment and process that keep employees safe.

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    Juan Carlos Morales

    Winter® Welder

    A valued team member since 2007

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  • Spot The Dot

    Spot the Dot

    We here at Winter Equipment always strive to have the best safety programs to keep our employees safe.

    Meet Kevin Hildebrand:

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    Kevin has been an important part of Winter Equipment's safety education and upkeep. Among many other contributions to the company, Kevin helps implement all of our safety standards and programs.

    Safety Program

    One of our newest programs that we have recently implemented is called "Spot The Dot." The program is designed to keep employees aware of their surroundings and potential hazards.

    Spot The Dot consists of codes represented by the following colored "dots" :

    reddot  red (severe)

    yellow dot  yellow (needs attention right away)

    greendot green (could become a hazard)

    The colored dots will be placed in the area where there is a safety concern coordinated with the severity of the hazard. When an employee finds the dot they bring it to the safety director and explain what the problem is and how to resolve it according to OSHA standard.

    After all the steps are completed the employee is rewarded with a  prize and also a mention in our monthly employee news letter . At the end of the year whoever has the most dots collected will receive a larger prize. So far this program has worked with great success and we are getting great feedback from our employees.

     

    Here are a few safety tips to remember when working in an warehouse/manufacturing environment:

         Prevent slips, trips and falls

    • Report and clean up spills and leaks.
    • Keep aisles and exits clear of items.
    • Replace worn, ripped or damage flooring.

         Eliminate fire hazards

    • Keep combustible materials in the work area only in amounts needed for the job. When they are unneeded, move them to an assigned safe storage area.
    • Store quick-burning, flammable materials in designated locations away from ignition sources.
    • Avoid contaminating clothes with flammable liquids. Change clothes if contamination occurs.

    download   Avoid tracking materials

    If the materials are toxic, industrial hygiene testing, uniforms and showering facilities might be needed. Employees who work with toxic materials should not wear their work clothes home.

    Image result for storage materials signs   Store materials properly

    Unused materials and equipment should be stored out of the way of workers. Avoid using work spaces for storage and remember to put everything back in its proper place.

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  • Bikes For Kids

    Bikes for Kids

    The time of year has come again when Winter Equipment works with The Salvation Army to provide bicycles and donations to children and families around Lake County, Ohio. “Santa’s Bikes for Kids” is a fundraiser that was organized by Winter Equipment Owner, Kent Winter. He is heavily involved in charities around the area and this one continues to be a great success. 2015 marks the 7th year of supporting this charity.

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    Donations started being accepted in October and to date, we have raised (with the help of employees, vendors, neighbors)  over $7,000.  Winter Equipment also donated 89 bikes and over $1,500 in toys, 13 additional bikes with donated with the help of our vendors.

    These donations go directly to The Salvation Army in Lake County and will be distributed by the Painesville location.

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    We look forward to keeping this tradition going and funding such a wonderful charity.

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