A Salty Business

Local Companies Struggle With Supplier Shortages

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Posted: March 4, 2014

Dustin Wilkins, assistant manager at Rocking R Ace Hardware in Harrisonburg, loads salt onto a truck for a customer during Monday's storm. (Photo by Nikki Fox /DN-R)
Rick Wilson, custodian with First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, runs the snowblower on the sidewalk early Monday. (Photo by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
Thom Metroka, owner and operator of the Artful Dodger in Harrisonburg, clears the sidewalk in front of the building’s mural on West Market Street on Monday. Facing increased demand, local businesses have had to reach out to salt companies beyond their normal range to try to stay ahead of the weather. (Photo by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)

HARRISONBURG — Winter weather tends to grind most commerce to a halt, but you better bundle up if you’re in the salt business.

Hot commodities during this unusually frigid winter are rock salt…

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