Taking winter with a bag of salt

WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) – While many stores run short on salt, one company that specializes in it is doing whatever it can to supply its customers.

They’ve been loading up palette after palette of salt at Robinson Salt Supply this winter.

They had a brief break to try to catch up, but word of this latest storm sent sales surging again.

They’ve gotten calls from major stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s that are in search of salt.

The company has been offering water conditioning salt and blended products to those in desperate need.

That salt works fine, but can be more costly.

They say in 35 years they’ve come as close as they ever have to being forced to turn people away.

We asked them what on top of the harsh winter has made it so difficult to get salt.

“The shipping lanes are super tight,” says Vice President of Operations Toby Robinson. “It’s really difficult to get trucking it seems.  So if you do find salt anywhere, even if it’s states away, to get a truck to get it and get it to you has been extraordinarily difficult.”

The company has more shipments coming next week,  just in time to help cleanup from this next storm.

With all the salt use, we wanted to know if it will damage sidewalks or driveways.

“Driveways and sidewalks, I wouldn’t be really be too concerned about,” Robinson says.

Robinson says the cracks aren’t caused by the salt but the freeze and thaw, so he says it’s important to keep the snow and ice off those surfaces.

“The key is to pre-treat and try to keep that liquid and keep it from ever freezing,” Robinson says.

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