Local salt supplier deals with ice melt shortage in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) — Stores in the Dubuque area are dealing with an ice melting salt shortage, but a local salt supplier is doing its best to keep up.

Skyline Construction has been busy delivering salt to local farm and hardware stores across the Dubuque area today as many customers have raised concerns about the low amount of salt available.

Co-owner of Skyline, Ben Arthofer, says they do what they can to prepare for salt shortages, but with the back-to-back weather events we have dealt with lately, that is no easy task.

“Just like anything, your refrigerator you don’t stock up for it to be good for two months. We stock up based on what we need for the month and if we get above average snow falls of course everybody is gonna run short.”

Arthofer says because of shortage issues like this, Skyline has been delivering a certain type of ice melt to stores.

“With the salt shortage going on more and more people are turning to a treated product that’s gonna work better and they’re able to use less.”

While stores in the area are running low on salt, the city of Dubuque says they have enough salt saved up to de-ice the sidewalks for a while. As well as about 8,000 tons of bulk salt used for road de-icing, they can use for the sidewalks if need be.



Cori Hanna

Cori Hanna

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