Will There Be Salt Shortages This Winter?

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A Commodities Analyst @ Roskill has put out an article stating that “more salt has been used already this winter, then all of last year. Most Agencies are reassuring folks they will have enough for the rest of the season.”

This is true, however some locations may see shortages. In some states salt depots are already starting to limit the number of loads being delivered daily. If conditions remain the same, there may be shortages. The reason being the multiple year averages used to anticipate the following years usage. The milder winters we had experienced help reduce the tons used, smaller numbers to average for the following year. This works well until you have an extreme winter like this one. Or for us older folks, A good ole winter like when we were kids……. In the Grand Rapids, MI. area, we saw 54″ of snow in December, December 2012 – 3″ of snow. Can’t wait to see how the rest of the winter goes.

There are a couple of things that can help here, Use liquids during all storm events and reduce application rates. These liquids can be applied to sand as well, if you do run out of salt and need to have a deicer/traction control product to use. Something to keep in the back of your mind if availability becomes an issue.

Regardless of how salt supplies last for this season, this will more then likely reverse the decline in salt prices we have seen in the last couple of years. Always a concern for budget projections.

If you do need a Performance Proven  Liquid Deicer, contact us, www.glchloride.com

We can make sure you get the Best liquid deicers on the market, while helping you stretch what salt you have on hand.


About Dave Budd

Vice President of Product Development and Marketing, Great Lakes Chloride, Inc. Serving Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky. Retired Michigan DOT, October 2010 after 32 years experience in Maintenance/Operations. Specializing in winter operations and liquid de-icers and anti-icers.
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