Weather Changes and Impacts on Our Industry

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According to scientists worldwide, climate change is happening now. The cause or causes are still to being examined and debated. The EPA conducted studies based in regions in the US and how the future weather patterns will affect each area. They cover the area overview, Impacts on Human Health, Impacts on Water Resources, Impacts on… Read more »

The Best Study on Ice melt You Will Find

NCHRP NATIONAL COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY RESEARCH  PROGRAM REPORT 577 Guidelines for the Selection of Snow and Ice Control Materials to Mitigate Environmental Impacts This study from 2007 was an outstanding work. It rings true today as the standard for ice management hasn’t changed much in the last few decades, although the new wave of techniques and technology is… Read more »

Stronger Supply Chain – Snow Business Magazine

Our President, Tony Johnson, wrote a great article for the June issue of Snow Business Magazine. The article focuses on building a stronger supply chain for your salt and avoiding salt shortages come severe winter conditions. Tony speaks from his experience of past salt shortages and analyzes the cause of shortages and how to prevent… Read more »

Staggering cost of salt use

Bulk salt is a stable in winter snow and ice control. Recent studies have examined the real cost of salt use for winter maintenance. Here we reference a presentation for the Road Salt Symposium by Carolyn Dindorf of Fortin Consulting, Inc. The study focused on data from Minnesota’s Government and Private costs via St. Anthony… Read more »

DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup Newsletter

National APWA Excellence in Snow & Ice Award Winner Village of Buffalo Grove After their annual review, the Village of Buffalo Grove Public Works Department revised their winter maintenance plan for 2014 – 2015 to achieve the highest level of service possible at the lowest possible cost. The new plan was created by a team… Read more »

Winter Maintenance For Small Sites

Winter maintenance operations have many similarities between small and large sites. This video will highlight ways to maximize results while minimizing effort and chloride pollution from salt and ice melters.

Salt Usage Tips To Help Protect Your Local Watershed

The Mississippi WMO (Watershed Management Organization) put together a great, educational video about the how and why chlorides are harmful and how to be responsible with salt usage. While this video is geared towards the small scale of residential application, it can certainly be scaled up to match your large commercial jobs. After all, a… Read more »

Dangerously Salty Fresh Water? It Is Happening.

There is no denying the urban sprawl in America is spreading. Researchers found startling data in freshwater lakes of the Northern United Sates. Too many chlorides in salt can do damage to many areas of life, from killing off plants and trees or stunting reproduction of beneficial animal to environmental catastrophes like Flint, Michigan. Researchers… Read more »

Municipal Bulk Water Conditioning Salt Case Study

While a Midwest Salt sales person was out prospecting, he came across a municipality in need of a reliable salt supplier. The community manager confided their current supplier had an issue getting their barge to the offload/staging location and had to wait weeks for a delivery. They had approximately 5 days of salt left in… Read more »

Oil Refinery Bulk Salt Supply Case Study

oil refinery salt supplier

Midwest Salt was contacted by an oil refinery in the Chicagoland area. They presented some problems they were having with their bulk salt supplier and needed a more reliable source of bulk industrial salt for delivery to their production facility. Midwest Salt has them covered. We can always handle the supply AND logistics of any… Read more »

Bulk Salt IS SHIPPING!

For the past 8 weeks, our vessels have been moving in to the coastal stevedore sites along the East Coast and Gulf Coast. Filled to the brim with 50,000+ tons high quality bulk rock salt that has been making it’s way to our customers across the country by vessel, barge, train-car loads, and dump trucks…. Read more »

Learn To Reduce Chloride Emissions – Chloride Conscious

Midwest Salt has sponsored ChlorideConscious.com to help their chloride reduction movement. They aim to reduce chloride emissions from snow and ice management by giving a free collection of data and articles on how to use chlorides more efficiently. We recognize a problem with chlorides damaging waterways and the environmental impacts this causes. There are numerous studies that document… Read more »

Midwest Salt Featured In The INC 500 of 2015

Midwest Salt’s ability is spreading like our bulk salt on a wintry day. Midwest Salt has been featured in the September issue of Inc. magazine’s annual ranking of the top 500 fastest-growing private companies in America. Midwest Salt ranked #298!  Thanks to our hard work, devotion to our customers, dedication to bring on new companies, and… Read more »

Midwest Salt Has Moved To A NEW Location

Dear Midwest Salt Customer or Vendor, We are sending this letter to notify you that we have relocated to a new facility. Our phone, fax and email contacts have not been changed. Being the Midwest’s fastest growing salt supplier, Midwest Salt has outgrown its facilities. In order to better serve our customers, we are extremely… Read more »

Science and the Art of Ice Melt

NILES HYSELL:September 19, 2011 How does one know which ice melt products to use, when to use it, and how much to apply? Morton Salt and Michigan Technological University conducted an experiment to answer these questions. They analyzed and measured the effectiveness of the most commonly used ice melters in both the laboratory and in… Read more »

Be Prepared for the Snow

Stockpiling road salt is the most important advice when dealing with harsh winters.  The Salt Institute encourages keeping one year’s worth of salt on hand before the snow arrives. Having a year’s worth of salt ordered at once can help you secure the best pricing available and protects you from shortages do to logistics problems. When… Read more »

Join Us At The SIMA Show June 24-27

  The 2015 SIMA show is being held at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. Please join us on June 24th-27th at the show. You can register to attend here. Please come see us at our booth number 737 in the center rear of the expo floor. We deliver bulk loads from truckloads to full ocean vessels in the… Read more »

Midwest Salt in the News- Crain’s Chicago Business

Recently Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine featured Midwest Salt’s President, Tony Johnson, in an article about the current salt market. You can view the article entitled, “Rough weather, economic recovery mean improved conditions for salt prices.” by Micah Maidenberg HERE. The article discusses the current pricing of bulk road salt, the reasons for the prices, the… Read more »

Cutting Down On Salt Usage

Snowy Road

Chloride emissions are a real threat to our environment. This article By Mike Lynch, discusses the problems and the efforts being used in Upstate New York to combat the rising chloride levels in the local water supply. Salt in fresh water is diluted in the rainy months but not at a rate higher than is… Read more »

Salt: Mid-season Update By snowmagazineonline.com

Snow Magazine recently released a great article about the current state of the national salt supply. The article discusses the salt shortage of 2014 and the purchasing habits and supply available to snow contractors across america. One interesting bit the author, ASCA Executive Director Kevin Gilbride, wrote was: “So with the deplete supply at the… Read more »

“Where Is The Salt?” By Snow Magazine

Snow magazine wrote an extremely interesting article regarding the apparent bulk road salt “shortage”. At this time Midwest Salt has more than enough bulk road salt to deliver throughout an extremely harsh winter. Even though we have access to these huge amounts of salt available the shortage is real and another harsh winter could tax supplies… Read more »

Salt Shortage of 2014 May Continue

Salt Shortage

Be warned. If current trends continue, the professional snow and ice management industry is facing another salt crisis — limited availability and high prices — heading into Winter 2014-15. http://www.snowmagazineonline.com/snow-061314-salt-crisis.aspx Kevin Gilbride is Executive Director of the Accredited Snow Contractors Association and publisher of Snow Magazine. Those who ignore the past are condemned to repeat… Read more »

Mulch Donation to Prairie Grove Elementary

Ms. Wilson, the science teacher for Prairie Grove Elementary, care taker of the student garden in the center of the school.  The garden is set outside and surrounded on all sides by the school.  The garden is absolutely beautiful representing all shrubs, flowers, trees, and grasses naturally from Illinois.  Ms. Wilson called and was upset… Read more »

Midwest Salt agreed to terms with Kissner

Kissner salt supplier

Midwest Salt agreed to terms with Kissner, the leading producer of ice melt products in North America to offer Ice Patrol and to co-pack Midwest Salt’s custom Ice Melt Blend, MVP.