snow & ice control (snic)


don’t let winter
get the slip on you

With over 20 years’ experience serving the industrial marketplace, the professional team at CMI Services knows there is no greater effort than that which we place on the safety of a facility. CMI Services has taken its deep understanding of the industrial safety culture, which embodies our every action, and applied it to industrial Snow and Ice Control (SNIC) services. With a core objective to help protect people, the environment and assets from harm, we realized it was important to integrate this critical safety service for our valued customers. Our commercial and industrial clients can rely on CMI Services to maintain safe and accessible roadways, parking lots and walkways 24 hours a day and 7 days per week during the winter season.

CMI Services has assembled a suit of Snow and Ice Control (SNIC) services ensuring our customers site demands will be met and/or exceeded when possible. Our SNIC services are based on a Level of Service that is designed to meet the specific client requirements for safe operation of their facility. We monitor weather on a 24/7 basis to ensure services are deployed appropriately and meet or exceed our Level of Service commitments. These services include:

  • Anti-Icing Operations (Pre-Salting or Brine Application)
  • Snow Plowing and sidewalk clearing
  • Post Event De-Icing Salt Application
  • Site patrol for Snow and Ice
  • Brine Solutions
  • Relocation of snow piles

Our Process

Because we respect that many of our clients operate in highly regulated, “safety-sensitive” environments, CMI Services never takes a one-plan-fits-all approach when determining what Snow and Ice Control measures are appropriate for a given site. Our process begins with a detailed review of site conditions, facility operations schedules and expectations for Level of Service from key stakeholders. A specific Snow and Ice Control scope, Level of Service and Plow Plan are then developed and approved by our customers in advance of the winter season. We take this process seriously and will not engage in SNIC activities until the detailed review and planning has been completed and approved. Because typical SNIC services operate from November 1 to March 31, and this process can take several weeks or even months to finalize, we encourage new prospective customers to reach out to us as early as possible to begin the review and planning process.

Level of Service (What it means)

Level of service (LOS) is a qualitative measure used to relate the quality of motor vehicle traffic service. Using a similar philosophy and approach to assessing clients’ site requirements and development of the LOS plan as that which is employed by Municipalities, CMI Services strives to achieve the highest level of protection and risk mitigation for your SNIC program. Simply put, the Level of Service is the agreed upon performance requirements established between us and our customers.

Salting and Ice Prevention

CMI Services employs a pro-active approach to snow and ice control and encourages our clients to adopt the same philosophy. By anticipating a winter weather event, such as freezing rain, mixed precipitation or snow, and pro-actively treating surfaces with salt and/or a brine solution, we can reduce your site risk while improving the conditions with which snow can be efficiently removed. In addition, during our site patrols we will continuously evaluate conditions and seamlessly apply the appropriate anti-icing materials required.

Snow Plowing

Our snow removal fleet consists of new and reliable equipment ready to respond 24/7. In addition, only experienced plow operators who are subject to annual formal training in accordance with CMI Services Snow and Ice Management manual operate our equipment. As with all of our SNIC services, our snow plowing operation will be custom tailored to our customers individual sites based on the established Level of Service. Safety is our primary concern regarding the SNIC services we perform, and we remain committed to minimizing the interruption of personnel or traffic flow at our customer’s site while performing snow-clearing operations.

De-Icing Salt Application

Following any event requiring snowplow response, CMI Services can apply de-icing salt to minimize the risk of ice formation or snow accumulation from minor post-event snowfall. While typically calcium chloride is used, CMI Services can supply the de-icing medium of choice to our customers.

Site Patrol

Wherever practical. CMI Services always includes site patrol services into our Level of Service plan. This allows us to remain engaged with site conditions between individual event responses, quickly address changing conditions and ensure our customer receive the highest level of service and risk mitigation possible. Based on the Level of Service agreement, site patrols can be conducted daily or weekly and we maintain records of all our patrols to allow for quick response to changing conditions. Our customers can rest a little easier knowing the professional team at CMI Services to helping to protect your facility.

Brine Solutions

As an alternative or supplementary ice control solution to traditional rock salt, and also the more sustainable option, CMI Services can offer brine application. Often considered the best choice for Anti-Icing pre-treatment applications on road and walkays, brine will encourage the early melting of snow and ice. Combining both salt and brine can lower the cost of ice control and improve efficiency during snow clearing operations all while being the most environmentally conscious choice.

The use of brine is proven to reduce the amount of salt required to accomplish similar snow and ice control results in extreme weather conditions, which ultimately results in reduced salt runoff and fresh water contamination while increasing cost savings and safety of your facility.

Relocation of Snow Piles

When storage space is limited to pile snow from plowing operations, CMI Services can assist by relocating snow piles to areas which pose less impact on your operations and traffic flow. Wherever possible, we relocate snow to a safe and environmentally responsible location on the same site as that from which the snow was removed. We do not relocate snow to offsite facilities unless they are owned by the same organization from where the snow originated.