What are deicers?

Simply put, deicers melt ice.

In practice, there are two fundamental concepts that explain how deicers work to melt ice:

  • What is ice?
  • How does it melt?

What is Ice?Melting_curve_of_water

Ice is frozen water.  It looks like a brittle, transparent crystalline solid.  Ice molecules can exhibit up to sixteen different phases (packing geometries) that depend on temperature and pressure.  You probably didn’t know that.  Another important thing to know is that when there is ice there is water.  Even though it may not be visible, molecular water […]

By |2019-06-07T00:15:43-04:00October 22nd, 2015|Salt, Snow Removal|0 Comments

What is the H-2B program?

The H-2B program is a government program that allows U.S. companies to bring in qualified employees to fill temporary or seasonal positions that they cannot fill with U.S. workers. To participate, a company must prove that there aren’t enough U.S. workers able or willing to fill their seasonal positions. There are many safeguards in place to protect the foreign workers as well as the employer’s U.S. workers. In April 2015, an Interim Final Rule was enacted by the Department of Labor that sets up increased protections for employees and increased responsibilities for the employers.

Foreign workers […]

By |2019-06-07T00:15:43-04:00October 19th, 2015|Labor|0 Comments

What can we expect from the winter of 2015?

Recently everyone has been talking about the potential effects of a stronger El Nino weather system this winter. Some people, such as snow and ice management contractors, need to know what to expect in order to make important business decisions. Snow management employees would like to know how often they will be working this season. Other people are just curious how many times they’ll need to get out their snowblower to clear their driveway. With so many people asking the same question, it’s no wonder that so many weather organizations have claimed to know the answer.

So […]

By |2019-06-07T00:15:43-04:00October 10th, 2015|Snow Removal|0 Comments

The Only 3 Interview Questions That Matter

When interviewing candidates for a position, we only care about 3 things: ability, passion, and fit.

Can they do the job?

Think about the most successful employees in your organization.  What traits do they possess?  These are the characteristics you should be looking for in new hires.  Make sure you think about what you really need.  A job description describes what a person needs to do, while a people description says what qualifications a person needs to have. Ask yourself how often have you hired a candidate that didn’t have all of the qualifications outlined in your job listing yet was a […]

By |2019-06-07T00:15:43-04:00September 21st, 2015|Interviews|0 Comments

An Idea

While performing renovation work for the Detroit Housing Commission, Patrick Beal and Alex Riley brainstorm ideas for solving their labor problems. The idea for MeritHall is born.

By |2015-07-31T20:31:33-04:00June 15th, 2010|Company History|0 Comments