Price of salt continues to soar for private contractors
6:36 PM, Jan 31, 2014
"The parking lots are just going to be a mess," said Ed McIntosh of Clippers Lawn and Landscape in Livonia when talking about the salt shortage hitting private contractors. "I've called as far as New York.. trying to find salt."
At Clippers the price of bulk salt has skyrocketed from $69 a ton to $129.
" The prices are ridiculous," McIntosh told 7 Action News. "People are complaining about the prices."
At Angelo's Supplies in Farmington Hills, they are only selling bulk salt to their regular customers. And their price has jumped by over 35%, going from $65 a ton to $89.
"What we are hearing is the states around us are running out of salt, so they're coming into Michigan and taking salt from our docks, which are eliminating us out of the picture," said Dana Miller at Angelo's.
There are indications that some municipalities in metro Detroit are encountering some issues surrounding the shortage of salt.
Representatives from Oakland and Wayne counties say they have a sufficient amount of salt due to the fact that they are high-volume customers to the major salt suppliers.
But for the countless smaller companies that supply to the contractors servicing area stores and subdivisions, the shortage is real.
"We're going to beg for more," said McIntosh. "I don't expect to get it."