DAY IN THE LIFE: Contract plow drivers work around the clock, clearing snow where cities don'tSubmitted: 12/02/2019
Story By Stephen Goin

DAY IN THE LIFE: Contract plow drivers work around the clock, clearing snow where cities don't
MERRILL - When more than 8 inches of snow fell overnight Saturday in the Merrill area, plow driver Jake Schlueter said his team woke up at 2 a.m.

"We do factories, we do convenience stores, gas stations, driveways, pretty much we do it all" said Schlueter. "Sidewalks, whatever."

Schlueter works for SGS Services, an environmental contracting company that plows and hauls snow in the winter.

While people rely on local agencies to clear snow off streets and highways, companies like SGS make sure parking lots and other privately owned land is cleared. 

Schlueter said plowing snow makes for good business if you can stand the redundant nature of the work.

"We like to call it pennies from heaven," said Schlueter referring to snow.

Schlueter said the job is more challenging than it looks.

"It takes some getting used to that's for sure," said Schlueter. "It's pretty tough working the long hours but when you're done you get this sense of accomplishment."

No matter the weather, Schlueter says you will always find him working.

"No, it aint ever that bad," said Schlueter. "We go out whenever."

Schlueter said people need to remember plows constantly move back and forth when pushing snow around.

Schlueter's advice: keep a good following distance when behind a plow and never park in a lot that hasn't been cleared or run the risk of getting snowed in.

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