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Long, cold winter means more business for some

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Ask just about anybody and they'll probably tell you they're fed up with winter, but some area businesses say there's no business like snow business.

Jeremy Richardson, General Manager at McGrath Powersports in Cedar Rapids, says sales were good with winter sports enthusiasts coming in early this winter season.

"When it gets cold and snowy like it did this past winter, people get a little more energized a little quicker," said Richardson.

He says they sold anywhere from the major units like snowmobiles and ATVs to parts and accessories.

He says when it turned so cold in November, they did see more people get ready for winter recreation than they normally do.

"[This winter] prompts people to kind of get off the summer and fall and start to think about the winter sports and the different activities you can do in eastern Iowa," said Richardson. "When it got really brutally cold, we did see some service appointments kind of slow down for that section of December, January where it was really so cold that people couldn't be outside."

However he says that really didn't' stop a thing.

His technicians still saw a lot more ATVs and side-by-sides needing winterized additions like wind shields and full-cab enclosures

McGrath isn't the only businesses wanting to give another warm welcome to the cold and snowy season.

Manager Sue Snitker of O'Donnell Ace Hardware says all the white stuff brought in a lot of green too.

In just one day, she says she ran through at least 6 pallets of ice melt, and each pallet has anywhere from 40-100 bags on it.

Snitker says the winter's been so brutal the warehouse she orders shovels from were out of stock

"It's probably been a good 2-3 years that we've had that much ice melt go out of here," said Snitker. "Shovels have been big, a lot of pushers this year because it's a lighter snow."

While the winter months brought in a lot of business, both McGrath Powersports and O'Donnell Ace Hardware say they are looking forward to taking advantage of selling lots of spring seasonal favorites.

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