Salt Shortage Hurting Small Businesses

Contributor: Ellen Bryan
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Updated: 1/26 12:58 am

Small companies who clear business parking lots and sidewalks during the winter said they are feeling the pinch of a nationwide salt shortage.

Some of the companies we talked to said they are out of salt already. They don’t expect to get more salt until this summer.

“I've bought up every pallet that I can find: Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware,” said Tina McIntosh, owner of SCINA Lawncare Services. “I even hit up Meijers and all they had left was 25 pound bags, which is detrimental for a contractor.”

McIntosh said her company removed snow 13 times last year.

This year, she said they have already had trucks go out that many times and it’s only January.

Her crews will still plow the snow, but without any salt they won’t be able to clear away all of the ice and snow.

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