Let it snow: A continued expansion in the US economy will underpin industry demand

Over the five years to 2017, the Snowplowing Services industry benefited from favorable weather conditions, including greater than average annual snowfall totals and numerous high-accumulation snow events, which bolstered demand for snowplowing, salting, deicing and other services provided by this industry. A healthy economy with thriving businesses, substantial consumer spending as well as a rise in nonresidential construction over the past five years, helped broaden the industry's potential client base and bolster demand, as property owners and merchants increasingly relied on industry operators to keep their parking lots and sidewalks free of ice and snow...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$19bn
Annual Growth 12-17
2.4%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
349,007
Businesses
151,980
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Operators are adopting new services and contract structures to ensure revenue
  • Growth in the number of businesses led to an expansion in the industry’s potential client base
  • Rising US employment and income levels will boost demand for ice removal services
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Since snowfall and ice formation typically occurs only in cold, temperate climates, industry establishments are heavily concentrated in northern states that form the 'Frost Belt.' The Frost Belt comprises most of the northeastern United States, and includes states in the Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes and New England regions. In addition to geographical factors, the concentration of establishments per state also depends in part on the state's overall population density and total number of households and businesses. The concentration of establishments can vary widely across different regions of the same state. For example, Flagstaff in Arizona usually gets at least 100.0 inches of snow every year. In contrast, the last time it snowed in nearby Phoenix was in 1985, when less than 0.1 in...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Snowplowing Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Snowplowing Services Industry are

  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements and standards
  • Ability to expand or curtail operations rapidly in line with market demand
  • Having a good track record and prior success rate
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of businesses and Value of private nonresidential construction in the Snowplowing Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Snowplowing Services Industry?

    Companies in this industry provide snow plowing and ice removal services. The industry does not include ice removal or snow plowing by municipalities and government.

    Industry Products
  • Parking lot and street plowing
  • Deicing and anti-icing
  • Sidewalk and doorway snow clearing
  • Industry Activities
  • Snowplowing and snow removal
  • Salting and deicing
  • Snow clearing for sidewalks
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of businesses
  • Value of private nonresidential construction
  • Average annual precipitation
  • National unemployment rate

  • Current Performance
  • Harsh winter weather propels demand
  • Seasonal-variance contracts help smooth operator revenue
  • Industry structure and profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Expanded services will add to industry revenue
  • Technological advances to cut costs
  • Table: Snowplowing Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Snowplowing Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Retail Trade
  • Apartment Rental
  • Parking Lots & Garages
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Home Improvement Stores
  • New Car Dealers
  • Power Tools & Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Parking lot and street plowing
  • Deicing and anti-icing
  • Sidewalk and doorway snow clearing
  • Other
  • Chart: Snowplowing Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Industrial and large corporate offices
  • Retail stores and small businesses
  • Single family residential housing
  • Other residential housing
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Snowplowing Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesOther expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Snowplowing Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Snowplowing Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Snowplowing Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Snowplowing Services Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Average annual precipitation (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Calcium Chloride
  • A more expensive alternative to regular rock salt (sodium chloride) that is effective at lower temperatures (i.e. lower than -15.0 F).
  • Frost Belt
  • A term used to designate regions of the upper United States with heavy snowfall and high economic activity. The Frost belt includes states in New England, the Mid-Atlantic and the Great Lakes region.
  • Geofencing
  • Geofencing involves telematics hardware and software, which allows snowplow operators to draw safe zones around customers' sites to protect damage to landscapes.
  • Grit
  • Typically a mixture of rock salt and salt used to deice roads and parking lots. The Salt is used to melt ice or snow, while the sand is used to increase traction.
  • Seasonal-Variance Contract
  • An agreement between a snowplowing services operator and customer, whereby the contract price is associated a low and high snowfall range.
  • Subcontractor
  • An individual who performs snow removal and deicing services on behalf of another company.
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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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