Tag Archives: plow

  • The Weight is Over

    The Weight is Over

     

    During the 2015/2016 season we shipped over 4,000 system crates to customers across the United States. With each crate weighing an average of 500 pounds; we manufactured, packaged, and delivered about 2,000,000 pounds of cutting edges last season. That's equivalent to 2,000 killer whales... whoa.

    Shipping

    Packaging and moving these crates is no walk in the park. While our shipping teammates have been known to demonstrate super-human strength, we are aware of the effects consistent heavy lifting can have on the body.

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    Our new automatic conveyor system allows operators to package systems in an easy and safe manor. The operators are able to move crates down the conveyor belt with the push of a button.

    Additionally we are gearing up to install an overhead bridge crane system. This bridge crane will decrease the amount of heavy lifting required to place the cutting edges and wear parts into the crate.

    Improving Shipping

    As our systems continue to gain popularity our shipping processes continue to improve in order to accommodate the increasing demand while, most importantly, keeping our operators safe. We would rather our employees save their muscle strength for the gym.

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    Wesley Crouch

    Winter® Shipping Operator

    Valued team member since 2015

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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.

     

    Why Winter? Winter Equipment Website Why Winter? Winter Equipment Website

    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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  • Spring Road Maintenance

    Spring Road Maintenance

    Are your roads ready for summer?

    Accumulated snow and ice, the thaw spring brings on and seasonal rains can cause problems for our roads. As we recover from the winter, here are some maintenance items on your roads that may need repair:

    Sign damage.

    Sign Damage - Road Maintenance

    Check for signs damaged during the winter by vehicle accidents and snowplowing operations. Repair or replace signs and signposts that are missing, broken, or bent.

    Guardrail damage.

    Guardrail Damage - Road Maintenance

    Repair or replace guardrails that fell victim to winter driving and plowing operations.

    Faded pavement markings.

    Faded Pavement - Road Maintenance

    Check for markings that need repainting and schedule the job when the weather improves.

    Potholes.

    Pothole - Road Maintenance

    Make temporary patching repairs as soon as possible and plan for permanent repairs.

    With all the ware and tear our roads and highways take, get ahead not only for summer, but for next winter! 

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  • El Niño

    El Niño

    "El Niño is a complex and naturally occurring weather pattern that results when ocean temperatures in the Pacific Ocean near the equator vary from the norm. The phenomenon typically occurs every two to seven years. The 2015-2016 El Niño, however, is being called a "super" El Niño, the worst in 15 years," according to Phys.org.

    How does the El Niño affect the US, you ask?

    Well, because of the havoc it can cause, what we can expect is the unexpected: unpredictable weather patterns, rain storms, droughts, blizzards and other cases of severe weather are likely to occur in different parts of the country.

    Unlike usual patterns in the season, El Niño seems to create higher than usual temperatures in the northern hemisphere of the US and lower than usual temperature in the southern. Currently we are experiencing the affects here in Northeast Ohio with few heavy snowfalls and an increase in temperatures as we enter March.

    So, when will "winter weather" be over for us this year?

    The answer, like any weather prediction, can not be certain. But, from now we should be warming up and be preparing for Spring!

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  • Winter Equipment and the American Dream

    Winter Equipment and the American Dream

    For Kent Winter, the founder of Winter Equipment, owning a company has always been about employing others. From the very beginning, everything Kent has done has been with the goal of never having to lay anyone off during the summer season. Through hard work, persistence, and commitment to employees and manufacturing in the United States, Winter Equipment has established itself as an exemplary company and leader in the snow removal industry.

    For the majority of his life, Kent has been surrounded by steel and snow. He grew up in Utah and attended Utah State University. After graduating with a degree in Welding Engineering, Kent relocated to Cleveland, Ohio to work as a salesman for Lincoln Electric. He spent 13 years there, learning about the welding industry and working on steel fabrication. Kent began tinkering with the idea of starting his own company when a friend gave him a brochure on snowplow cutting blades.

    Company History

    In the beginning, Winter Equipment consisted of just Kent working out of his house. He was determined to create snowplow blades that would last longer than what was on the market. Presently, Kent's patented plow guard is the industry standard. The first four to five years of the business was all trial and error; Kent needed to get the idea right and decide on the best way to execute it. The first sale- for five products- was based on a model created with popsicle sticks and graph paper. After the initial order, Kent began selling to big snow truck companies and city departments of transportation. However, selling the model and actually delivering on the product were two different things. Kent's next move was to figure out where to make the blades--the orange paint stained floor of his home would no longer suffice. Within six years the initial sales, Winter Equipment was conceived, and the company has been growing ever since.

    From day one, Winter Equipment has been committed to the ethos Made in America. From using steel fabricated in Ohio to manufacturing completely in the US, Winter Equipment has stuck with its original ideal. The company's commitment to Made in America extends beyond sourcing and manufacturing to employing as many local people as possible.

    True to it's Made in America commitment, Winter Equipment Values community and strives to give back to society. To support its goal of maintaining continuity of employment, Winter Equipment never has layoffs. With the unpredictable nature of winter, the company does not want to risk losing its loyal, skilled employees. Instead, during mild winters employees will work full time for charities while still being paid by Winter Equipment. Employees feel rewarded when they contribute their time and expertise to the community and are proud to be part of a company that endorses service to others.

    Snow Removal Industry

    The snow removal industry is changing due to always changing weather patterns and technological advancements. Winter Equipment prides itself on staying ahead of the storm. States that previously did not have snow now confront the need to invest in and learn about snow removal practices. Winter Equipment engages with these new markets, training clients in the cutting edge applications of their state-of-the-art snow removal equipment. New technology paves the way for creating more efficient blade systems with longer lasting edges, thus reducing reliance on salt. With better edges, trucks can stay on the road for longer periods of time. Winter Equipment is proud to be a leader in the future of the snow removal industry. The company consistently innovates to bring new, cost-effective ideas to the forefront.

    For Kent, establishing a dynamic and vital company founded on hard work, ingenuity, and integrity, where employees are valued as its greatest asset, has been the American dream come true.

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