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Big snow is big business for local snowplow contractors

Contractors work around the clock after snow storm
Posted at 12:02 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 00:04:20-05

INDIANAPOLIS — While many don't like the snow or any forecast that calls for more than a dusting, people like Kyle Bandy love every single inch of it.

"I love the snow," Bandy said.

Bandy doesn't just like a big snowstorm because it can make for a pretty view, he likes it because more snow means more work.

"So, about 2 inches of snow is where my contracts start at roughly. Some of them do 3 inches, but it's roughly 2 to 3 inches," Bandy said.

In the warmer months of the year, Bandy is a landscaper. In the winter, he's a snowplow contractor who depends on heavy snow to make money. He said the smaller snowfalls we see some years, don't do him any good.

"One-inch snow don't really make me too happy. It's a little aggravating, but you know I get to make a little money with that. You, know putting a little salt down, but the big money is where the snow comes down in heavy amounts," Bandy said.

Lucky for Bandy, the forecast calling more than 10 inches of snow in some places was spot on. Now he has been at work battling the hardest part of the job.

"The hours, I've been out since yesterday at 3 p.m. and it's about 2:00 right now or so," Bandy said.

While INDOT clears the highways and DPW takes care of the city streets, it's contractors like Bandy who are taking calls to clear parking lots, apartment complexes, side streets, and residential driveways.

People are demanding when they call seeking Bandy's services, he said.

"Like then! Like now! It's hard. It's competitive but there's always another number you can call because there's so many people out there that do that, you know. So, I try to get to everybody as soon as possible," Bandy said.

As central Indiana digs out and hopes for no more winter weather there are people who want more.

"I want 10! I want 10 inches! The more the merrier!" Bandy said.