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Businesses benefit from approaching storm

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MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- Tuesday's snowfall is a reminder to make sure we're equipped for snow removal and also a chance for some landscapers to get back out after a rough summer put them out of work.

The extra work is a relief after a hot summer and a long drought left crews with little lawn maintenance to do. Some staff had to be laid off, but in the next few days at least 100 workers at Olson Toon Landscaping in Middleton will work around the clock to clear what could be a foot of snow from area sidewalks and private roads.

"It's just non stop, do as much as you can do and try to get it done as soon as you can get it done," says Ryan Doescher, VP of operations at Olson Toon. "It's a challenge, but it's something that we look forward to."

Down the road at Wolff Kubly Ace Hardware, business is booming too. Shelves are starting to empty as people begin preparing for what's to come-- buying shovels, ice scrapers and salt.

Store manager Scott Getz says that snowblower sales don't typically pick up until we see more snow. He says it's best to check over your equipment as soon as you can, to avoid a last minute trip to the store and to work on it early, even if you think you might already have what you need.

"People are starting up their snow blowers to see if they work, so we're selling spark plugs and the oil," Getz says. "The biggest problem most people do is they put in old gas and then they won't start."

Getz expects to get more shovels in later this week, in case the store run out during the storm.

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