MACEDONIA, OH (WOIO) - As many around Northeast Ohio get ready to tackle that potentially hazardous winter storm headed our way, there’s a shortage of snow plow drivers.
The Cleveland 19 First Alert Weather Team predicts this could be one of the worst storms of the season.
The shortage of drivers could impact snow plowing companies being able to get to your business or church this weekend.
At Reliable Snow Plowing Specialists, they’re hoping to hire at least 100 workers for this weekend’s storm.
Reliable Snow Plowing Specialists President and Founder, Norm Detrick, said they’re planning to send out 700 snow fighters (that is: drivers, shovelers and loader operators) this weekend, but they need dozens more.
Many businesses are facing snow driver shortages. One reason is because of the mild winter we’ve had so far. Some of those people have found other jobs for when the snow isn’t falling.
“It creates a gap in the seasonal void of income for our teammates, especially our sidewalk shovelers. It’s very difficult for them to pay their bills when it doesn’t snow,” Detrick said.
In addition to a shortage of drivers, many snow removal companies and even cities have been dealing with a shortage of salt. The demand for salt also means the price is going up.
Detrick said the price has increased more than three percent just this year.
“There’s been some issues at a local mine with water intrusion and the largest mine in the region went on strike. They’re just not producing anywhere near what they forecasted,” he said.
If you’re interested in becoming a snow fighter, contact Reliable Snow Plowing Specialists Inc. at 877-937-5691.