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RANDY STRAIT DIDN’T SET OUT TO BUILD SNOW PUSHERS. His business objective wasn’t to design a revolutionary snow pusher. Rather, the invention was born out of necessity. In 1978, he was just a guy with a beat up truck and a makeshift plow, determined to keep his budding snow removal company profitable. But he soon realized if Arctic Snow & Ice Control was ever going to reach his vision for service and success, he needed a competitive edge that would not only increase revenue, but also would reduce his overall expenses.

He took everything he knew about conventional snowplows, and their shortcomings, and designed his own pusher. One-piece moldboards were out. Rigid cutting edges were gone. And static side panels became a thing of the past. An innovative concept in pusher design, Randy’s pushers were comprised of smaller, individual moldboard sections equipped with trip edges and mechanical side panels. Complete with steel cutting edges and a patented hitch system – he achieved his competitive edge, and a whole lot more.

Because the pusher was designed specifically to help build his own snow-removal business, it wasn’t until competitive snow removal contractors approached him, that he even thought about manufacturing the pushers for sale. No stranger to rising fuel costs, salt shortages, and soaring steel prices, Randy recognized the positive impact the pushers had on Arctic Snow and Ice Control’s bottom line and wanted to offer others in the industry the same shot at success.

Contractor-developed and contractor-owned, Sectional Sno-Pusher™ was the first of its kind on the market and continues to lead the industry in value, performance and innovation. From scraping up compact snow and ice on the first pass to minimized repair costs to drop-and-go operation, hands down, Sectional Sno-Pusher™ is the best investment your operation will ever make.

CrewTracker Software is a comprehensive business management software best suited for any service based business where the services are not typically scheduled to be performed at a specific time on a specific date. Let's face it you can't schedule everything!  Those industries that are unable to schedule everything in advance are perfect CrewTracker clients.  


CrewTracker Software was founded by a certified snow professional with over 20 years of experience in snow management who was unable to find a software solution that understood the unique issues that come with event based services.  


Today our clients include snow and ice management companies, general contracting companies, landscape companies, property management companies, retail, healthcare and educational facilities and more! They have experienced major improvements in efficiency, profitability, planning, and execution.  

Douglas Dynamics is North America’s premier manufacturer and upfitter of commercial vehicle attachments and equipment.

Home to the most trusted brands in the industry, Douglas Dynamics is North America’s premier manufacturer and upfitter of commercial vehicle attachments and equipment. Our commitment to continuous improvement enables us to consistently produce the highest quality products and drive shareholder value. We serve as trusted partners to our dealers, suppliers and end users, whose businesses benefit from our operational and management expertise.

Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Western Products is the leading manufacturer of snow and ice control products, with a full line of CONTRACTOR GRADE® snow plows for commercial snow plowing as well as personal-use and light municipal snow removal operations.

Western Products also offers a variety of hopper and tailgate-mounted ice control sand and salt spreaders, along with a wide selection of performance-enhancing snow plow and spreader accessories and parts.

Dedication to high quality products and unparalleled service has been a FISHER® tradition from the start. A proven and a trusted company, Fisher Engineering has been producing snow plows, as well as hopper and tailgate mounted ice control spreaders, for more than 65 years in the coastal city of Rockland, Maine. Our industry-leading expertise has earned us a solid reputation among snow plow professionals, enabling our partners to help communities recover from weather events faster and remain safe.

The history of the SnowEx is a long list of innovations. Low-maintenance motor/transmission drive systems, v-box spreaders with corrosion resistant poly hoppers, a wireless-controlled utility spreader, the job-tracking Salt-Traxx™system for hopper spreaders. That’s just the tip of the iceberg with what we’ve done … and what we will do … to give you more productive, longer lasting, easier to use equipment solutions.

You need a trusted auditor for your SN 9001 (Snow and Ice Management) certification. Choose Smithers Quality Assessments (SQA) for personal, expert assessment services, tailored to your business needs.

Smithers Quality Assessments (SQA), founded in 1993, is a quality, environmental and safety management systems auditor and certification body. We serve large, medium and small organizations in North America and Europe across industrial, commercial service and government business sectors.

In 2012, Jeanette Preston, president of SQA, assisted executive director of ASCA, Kevin Gilbride, in developing the SN 9001 standard.  Working jointly with the standards committee, they helped steer the development process while implementing and improving the quality management system. 

In the mid 1970’s the seven Steiner brothers formed Steiner Corporation. Through the next fourteen years their company grew into 3 major marketing divisions, Turf Equipment, Agriculture Equipment and a community repair shop. In 1988, the Turf division was sold to Ransomes of Ipswich, England and the agriculture line was sold to a group of employees that continued on with the agriculture products. In 1996 "Steiner Ag Products" was renamed "Venture Products Inc" to fit with the company's new focus of providing equipment for the physically impaired. The new brand name VENTRAC was launched and in 1998 the Steiner brothers focused their energies on the new “next generation” all-wheel-drive compact tractor. Since that time the market has embraced VENTRAC with a tremendous reception.

VENTRAC’s versatility offers over 30 different attachments. Combining these with our Ventrac Mount System (less than a minute to attach or detach attachments) gives you a small power pack designed for maximum performance and versatility for many different market places, including the following: Landscapers, Municipalities, Churches, Universities, Golf Courses, Home owners, Parks, Sport Facilities, Shopping Malls, Tree Growers, Rental Yards, Nurseries, Airports and much more.

Everyone needs insurance to drive a car, to buy a house, to protect for your family's financial future, or to operate a business.   If only one insurance company offered only one type of insurance, you wouldn't have any choice in the matter. Every person wants and deserves the ability to choose.  

You may not know your specific coverages or the "ins and outs" of the policy, but you will know your agent!   It's our job to know your coverages and it's your job to know us. We will work with you to protect everything you have worked hard to earn. Mills Insurance Group, LLC is a full service insurance agency located in NJ.  Serving most of the United States, Mills brings a broad range of knowledge in insurance sales and service.  

"Combining experience and skill with fresh perspectives, creative solutions, and innovative processes, MIG offers clients a true partnership that results in intelligent decisions and seamless execution of 'Client Objectives'"  


Mills Insurance Group, LLC specializes in sales and service of commercial lines insurance.   This includes, but is not limited to, Commercial Auto, Property, General Liability, Professional Liability, Umbrella, Inland Marine, and Workers' Compensation.  MIG has a broad focus on all business insurance issues, however, we we have a strong focus on the Professional Snow Removal Contractor and the risk and insurance issues that face this greatly under-appreciated industry.

Our consultative approach to client relationships offers us the opportunity to create partnerships with our Commercial Clients based on trust, confidence, and loyalty. We are committed to servicing your insurance program with personal attention. Mills Insurance has the standards in place to help companies and individuals manage insurance dollars while maximizing insurance coverage.  Our vision is that agents and business owners can manage risk together through policies, procedures and clear communication.

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