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Snow Business


CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) A small lawn tractor rockets down the driveway and across the street to push another blade full of snow onto the parking.  Bundled up, with a knit cap pulled down to his eyes, Steve Vick stops just long enough to say the words that everyone is now thinking in this never ending winter, Im getting tired of it .. real tired of it !

But some other guys in the corridor can be seen with a hint of a smile on their faces during a season thats brought one wave of snow after another.  For Pete Gasper, the owner of BladeWorks, its crazy busy in a good way.  His plowing crews are out all over town, clearing parking lots, to keep people safe, in a year thats been like driving in a snow globe.  Pete confirms its not our imagination, this is a brutal winter, unless you get paid for moving snow, Weve had more events than all of last year, weve had more snow than all of last year and for the most part its been a good winter.

Considering youre at the mercy of Mother Nature when you operate a snow plowing service, more is definitely better than less.  The pattern of constant snow is good for business and usually means a good kind of tired, but this year its turned into marathon shifts, maintenance, refueling and just enough time to glance at the forecast to start all over again. 

On the positive side, Pete says we havent seen many blizzards, Most have been maybe one to three inches .. theyve been short and concise in most cases.. they havent been drawn out over days and days. You know Ive heard more people complain about the extreme cold than I hear about the snow.

Pete and his BladeWorks crews will work well into the night before they get some rest and even after the long day, he admits with a smile, theyll finally get to his own driveway, You know, my wife said a long time ago, she says maybe I need to be a paying customer to be able to get it done first.  I said, thats probably the case.

 While its been a good snow removal season financially, Pete says he and his employees are only human and everybody is looking forward to the landscaping work they do during the spring of the year so they can finally see some green grass.

 

 
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