Snow means big money for some businesses

Posted at 10:25 PM, Nov 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-19 23:25:11-05

Significant snow is on its way to southeast Wisconsin, and that can mean a significant boost in business for some people. 

This is the time of year Tom Schaeffer lives for. He owns All Seasons Lawn and Landscape in Burlington.

“We’ve been preparing for days,” he says. “Making sure the trucks, plows, and salt is ready to go. As soon as the first flakes fall, we will be out monitoring the conditions. My drivers are ready. They’re all at home resting up.”

Schaeffer’s already been getting a lot of calls from customers.

“It's been crazy,” he says. “The phone has been ringing off the hook. Everybody’s trying to make sure they're on the snow-plow list.”

Those who aren’t on a list are hitting the stores to get prepared for themselves. We found people buying salt, shovels, and snow blowers.

“We’re just tying up some loose ends,” says Tom McGovern, who was shopping at the Menard’s in Burlington Thursday night. “I own a home maintenance business. We needed some extra salt and shovels. We’re getting everything buttoned down for the snow that’s coming.”

While many dread the snow, others have been waiting a long time for it.

“This is how we feed our families,” Schaeffer says. “So when it snows, it's great. We love it. We rely on this cold weather.”

“It really helps out,” McGovern says. “It's a really good time to make money throughout the winter. I don’t necessarily like snow, but it sure helps pays the bills.”