While the snow is a pain for many, it is a gain for some.
Suburban Landscape Management hasn’t used its plows only one time in the past three years.
When expensive equipment sits idle when it doesn’t snow, they don’t make money.
But Tuesday, that wasn’t the case.
“This is what allows us to pick up and adjust the plows,” said Paul Bethel, operations manager for Suburban Landscape Management, as he cleared snow.
Bethel hasn’t had his plows out in a while.
“The last time that we had a big enough snow to plow all of our properties was March 2016,” he said.
Even though they have other business at Suburban Landscape Management, when it comes to the wintertime, they’ve been losing money from the lack of snow.
“It takes a lot of energy and a lot of money to get crews set up, to get the trucks setup,” said Bethel. “We have to buy ice melt. We have to buy road salt. And, all of those things have to happen, whether it snows or not.”
But Tuesday, the grass was greener.
“Today, we’ve got 16 trucks with plows, and we have them all over the greater Wichita area,” he said.
A parking lot in southwest Wichita, was just one of many stops for Bethel.
Snow packed parking lots were a welcome site, and some welcome green for those working the plows.
“We like the snow because it helps keep our employees getting paid through the winter time,” said Bethel.
He says this is just the start of the night for all his crews.
They will be working overnight and into Wednesday morning, making sure their clients’ streets and sidewalks are safe.