Rock salt sales brisk this winter

The temperatures are expected to be in the 40s by the end of the week, but for most of us, spring can’t come soon enough. Here’s Chris Davidson.

The latest snowstorm dumped a few more inches on the Mahoning Valley. Residents are out with snow blowers and snow shovels to clear driveways and sidewalks.

If you’re looking to buy rock salt or other melting products, choices are dwindling

Brian Heckert, manager of Lowes in Boardman, says his story isn’t expecting any more shipment of snow melt products this year. However, there are still plenty of shovels. (Chris Davidson/TheNewsOutlet.org)

Brian Heckert, manager of Lowes in Boardman, says his story isn’t expecting any more shipment of snow melt products this year. However, there are still plenty of shovels. (Chris Davidson/TheNewsOutlet.org)

HECKERT: We haven’t had a shipment of rock salt for a month at least.

That’s Brian Heckert, manager of Lowes in Boardman

But at Handyman-Austintown, it’s a different story, said manager Kevin Molek.

MOLEK: It comes and goes. We’re on our third or fourth semi-load of it. And even have another one coming tomorrow.

Handyman-Austintown owner, Jeff Kordes, prefers a product called, calcium chloride.

KORDES: It will work to a much lower temp than your typical rock salt. It won’t harm your asphalt or concrete and doesn’t leave that ugly white residue behind.

John Swartz of Atlanta is in town visiting his dad.

SWARTZ: I want to clear his driveway up so he can get out of the car without falling down.

He’s decided on the calcium chloride.

Jeff Kordes (left), owner of Handyman-Austintown, and Kevin Molek, manager, say their store has received five semi-truckloads of snow melting products, such as rock salt and calcium chloride, at the Kirk Road store. Chris Davidson/TheNewsOutlet.org

Jeff Kordes (left), owner of Handyman-Austintown, and Kevin Molek, manager, say their store has received five semi-truckloads of snow melting products, such as rock salt and calcium chloride, at the Kirk Road store. Chris Davidson/TheNewsOutlet.org

SWARTZ: I’m just reading the instruction here on it and it looks like it’s the right stuff. It melts at a lower temperature and it looks like it’s probably in the 20s out here right now so that’s good .

Heckert says if you run out of the snow melt products …

HECKERT: … Ahh. The only thing you can really do is shovel. Snow blow it. Keep it clean that way.

One last thought. Kevin Molek reminds us about something that seems very far away.

MOLEK: If you don’t have rock salt, you can’t make ice cream in the summer.

For TheNewsOutlet.org, I’m Chris Davidson.

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