Early winter snow means high demand for salt

1 year 2 months 1 week ago Tuesday, December 18 2018 Dec 18, 2018 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 3:30:00 PM CST December 18, 2018 in News
By: Kamaria Braye, KOMU 8 News
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ST.LOUIS - Missouri salt supply usage is at a high since early snowfall hit the midwest in November. 

In early December, Tom Sanders, the Moberly Public Works Director, told KOMU the city already used a large amount of its salt supply.

“We hadn't put any of material out this time last year and we’re already at half of our year's capacity," Sanders said.

John Gunther of Gunther Salt Company in St. Louis told us his company salt preparation process.

"For the winter product the salt for snow and ice melting, we typically are packing that product in the summer. We wanna have all of our inventory ready to go before the winter starts," Gunther said.

November was the fourth coldest since records began in 1889 in Columbia.

November 8th and 12th broke two daily snow records. 

Gunther said many organizations place orders as they see fit. He also explains the average shipping time for his company to deliver bag and bulk salt.

"The turnaround time for bags is one to three to four days. With the bulk salt that we are delivering to municipalities and school districts and hospitals and commercial snow-plowers, we can deliver those next day," Gunther said.

Public works supervisors from Jefferson City, Fulton, Mexico, and Columbia have said they have enough salt for upcoming snow.

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