Which Icemelter to use outside/inside food processing/storage facilities?

Which Icemelter to use outside/inside food processing/storage facilities?

IMG_0752Many people are aware that ice builds up outside food processing/storage facilities but; many people may not be aware that there is build up of ice inside as well.  The ice builds up in doorways, doorframes, shelves and even on freezer floors.    With the ice build up it becomes a slip / fall a hazard for employees moving in and around the area which can cost the owners a great deal of money due to injury.

Companies have limited options of what can be used as the products need to be approved by the food inspection agency.  Many companies turn to rock salt to help with the ice build up.  In the end traditional rock salt is very costly as it is very corrosive to metal.  Companies will have to replace shelving and any metal in and around the door frames.  Also rock salt is toxic if food comes into contact with it.

Our Mountain Organic Natural  Icemelter  which is a fertilizer based icemelter that is used in outside many companies as it is environmentally friendly and does not track into buildings. For use inside food processing/storage facilities and our Winter Warrior Runway Control® that is completely chloride and urea free, it also contains a corrosive inhibitor and is environmentally friendly.  Since food processing/storage facilities can only use food inspection agency approved materials, we have had both our products tested and are approved by the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency).

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2014 Long Range Winter Forecast – from the Farmers’ Almanac

U.S. Weather Highlights – Frigid Winter with Bitter Cold and Heavy Snow

A large area of below-normal temperatures will predominate from roughly east of the Continental Divide to the Appalachians, north and east through New England. Coldest temperatures will be over the Northern Plains on east into the Great Lakes. Only for the Far West and the Southeast will there be a semblance of winter temperatures averaging close to normal, but only a few areas will enjoy many days where temperatures will average above normal.

 Significant snowfalls are forecast for parts of every zone.2014-USFA-Winter Over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states,“red-flagging” the first ten days of February for possible heavy winter weather.

 And mid-March could bring a wave of storminess stretching almost from coast to coast, bringing a wide variety of precipitation types as well as strong and gusty winds.

 

 

Canada Weather Highlights – Forecasts a Hodgepodge of Winter Weather

A large area of below-normal temperatures will predominate from roughly east of the Rocky Mountains to the Eastern Great Lakes. Coldest temperatures will run south and east across the Laurentian Plateau to the Great Lakes. Only along the Pacific Coast and Maritime Provinces will winter temperatures average close to normal.

Precipitation-wise, drier than normal precipitation amounts are expected over British Columbia—an anomaly of sorts, since wet weather is usually the norm during the winter season. Meanwhile over the Prairies near-normal precipitation amounts are expected. Ontario and Quebec could be in for a snowy winter season while farther east, the Maritimes could vacillate between bouts of rain and snow.

2014-CANFA-WinterSignificant snowfalls are forecast for parts of every zone. Over Quebec and the Maritimes, the first two weeks of February could be in for possible heavy winter weather. This particular part of the winter season will be notably volatile.

 And mid-March could bring a wave of storminess stretching almost from coast to coast, bringing a wide variety of precipitation types as well as strong and gusty winds.­

Ice melter and protecting our water systems

ICE MELTER AND PROTECTING OUR WATER SYSTEMS

 It has long been established that the use of rock salt has negative effects on the environment.  In fact there are documented cases of contamination to drinking water and complete destruction of aquatic Eco systems due to excessive salt use.  Samples from a storm sewer near Toronto had recorded levels 140 times over the limit set by the provincial Government. Both Environment Canada and the Environment Protection Agency in the U.S. have done studies and are working on solutions to manage this problem. The salt and other chemicals get into the water system through a number of direct and indirect ways.  Once the salt gets into the Eco system, there is no way of removing it.  It can only be diluted over time.  This can be very problematic for sensitive Eco systems that have a slow turnover of fresh water such as natural and even artificial ponds.

The best solution for this matter is to take preventative measures. XYNYTH Manufacturing has developed 3 products that are ideal to address this issue.  GroundWorks Natural Icemelter and Mountain Organic Natural Icemelter were among the first environmentally friendly ice melt products to be introduced. These are fertilizer based icemelters, making them an ideal alternative for Eco sensitive areas.  Because they contain potassium chloride, the run off will actually feed the plants. This ultimately means less sodium chloride will get into the water supply.

Fish-and-saltIt should be noted that icemelters containing urea should be strictly avoided around water ways.  Urea contains nitrogen and breaks down to ammonia in the environment, which is extremely toxic to aquatic life, even in small doses.

XYNYTH has recently introduced a new product called Winter Warrior Runway Control™. This product is completely chloride free and urea free.  While it was initially designed for runway use, being that it is completely non-corrosive and federally approved, it is also ideal for use around sensitive water systems.
It is important to not associate all “pet friendly” icemelters with fish friendly products. Some products like Safe-t-Pet™ or Safe Paw™ are made with urea.  While urea is usually safe around animals, it is deadly to aquatic life.

A little chloride is not so bad, as it seems to be well known by owners of fish ponds that adding some chlorides can be beneficial to act as water softeners and help reduce parasites.  Some experts also recommend using potassium based chlorides as they have some benefits to fish.   For best results consult your local expert.

1st Annual XYNYTH Curling Championship – 2013

Xynyth curling 2013

XYNYTH Curling Championship – 2013

On October 25th, some of the staff from XYNYTH’s head office had an amazing “friendly competition” curling experience at the Royal City Curling Club. Our first Curling Championship was a fun night with a lot of laughs and healthy competition. It was initially thought that the winners might have used a little environmentally friendly icemelter like Mountain Organic Natural Icemelter, to their advantage on the ice, but it was proven to be untrue.  The winners truly won with drive and determination.  Congratulations to all the participants!! We look forward to the next XYNYTH curling championship!

GTAA – Largest Airport in Canada chose Mountain Organic Natural Icemelter!

GTAA – Largest Airport in Canada chose Mountain Organic Natural Icemelter!

XYNYTH is very excited to hear that the GTAA (Toronto’s Pearson Airport), the largest airport in Canada, is now using Mountain Organic Natural Icemelter.  Airports, for obvious reasons, have extremely high standards as to the icemelting products that are used around their facilities.  The GTAA was no exception, they spent months testing and evaluating our Mountain product and have decided it was the best solution to their needs.  Our Mountain Organic Natural Icemelter has replaced several of the other icemelters they were using to melt the ice around the sensitive entrances to their facilities.  Important to note, they are not using it on their runways of course.

Mountain continues to be the leading choice of many large government institutions, and this is only yet another example.

Mountain Organic Natural Icemelter Logo

Celebrating 25 Years !!

At XYNYTH Manufacturing we have been offering greener, safer Ice-melting choices for the past 25 years.  To commemorate our 25 year anniversary all of our customers received a “Do it yourself” party kit to join in our celebration.

For the past 25 years and the many more to come XYNYTH strives to encourage customers to help our planet go green by making  the right choice and using  all natural deicers that are not only safe for our children and our pets but are also gentle on the environment.

As we continue to celebrate the past 25 years, and to show our customer appreciation we had a draw that many who visited our website at www.xynyth.com  had a chance to enter and win an IPad2.  Congratulations to Warren from Mr. Chemical in Ontario for being this year’s winner.

XYNYTH would like to also thank our numerous customers who have put their trust in us over these years.  Helping grow your business has made us both succeed.  We are looking forward to continuing to serve our existing and new customers for another 25 years and more!