The Stats Behind Snow Melting Services

December 15th, 2017 by

Minneapolis Snow Melting Infographic

Oden Johnson & Interstate Companies…Always prepared for Winter

November 29th, 2017 by

Winter has a way of sneaking up on everyone here in Minnesota. Well, we should say almost everyone. Oden Johnson, the Snow Whisperer, and Interstate Companies are never off-guard when it comes to Winter.

Check out the Snow Whisperer’s Winter Family Fun tips.

Minnesota Snow Whisperer 5 Tips for Winter Survival

And of course, don’t forget to call Interstate Companies Snow Removal for all your commercial snow removal needs.

Snow Plowing, Snow Removal, Snow Melting – What’s Best?

November 15th, 2017 by

Plowing the snow in a large parking lot creates very large piles of snow. We’ve all seen those big piles taking up valuable spaces in the parking lots. So, what’s a business owner to do?

Snow removal services are a better approach because crews can come in after hours, when your customers are gone, and take the snow away. Removing the snow not only keeps your parking lot from turning into a mountain of snow, come Springitme, you won’t have a huge pile of snow

Plowing a big parking lot can create very large piles of snow melting into your parking lot and creating large puddles.

While snow removal is a great option, there’s another, cheaper way you can go: snow melting.

Instead of paying to have the snow carted away, you can simply have it melted. How? Meet the machine we call the Snow Dragon. It melts up to 14 dump truck loads of snow per hour. The water is then filtered to remove sediment, rocks, and dirt, and then put into the sewer system. Check out the snow dragon in action:

Ready to save money on snow removal by hiring the Snow Dragon for your property? Contact us today.

The Interstate Difference

October 29th, 2017 by

The Interstate Advantage

How would working with Interstate help you out this winter? Here are just a couple highlights:

  • We dedicate specific snow removal equipment and snow plow crews to your property and have back-ups on hand, so you can keep your peace of mind!
  • Log in to our online technology to see the service status of your property at any time.
  • We create custom, comprehensive snow management plans for each unique property.
  • We have a 24/7 emergency service. Almost anything that goes wrong with your property in the middle of the night or any time, we can respond to.
  • The deicer we use is minimally harmful to the environment.
  • We offer snow melting in addition to snow plowing and snow relocation.

Is Your Commercial Property Ready for
Eek Don’t Say it…the “S” Word?

September 28th, 2017 by

Parking Lot Snow Removal Services

It’s officially Autumn and the weather is cooler in Minnesota. What does that mean for us?

We love Winter!

It’s time to ramp up and prepare for the upcoming snow removal season. For most Minnesotans even hinting at the “S” word is met with dread, but for Interstate, it’s just another time to shine.

According to the Weather Channel, on average, Minnesotans notice the first flakes on November 2nd and the earliest snowfall was recorded on September 24th.

We’re busy so you don’t have to worry

That’s why we’re busy servicing all our equipment and making sure everything is in working order and ready to go when you need snow cleared and ice melted. If you’ve worked with us in winter before, you know we dedicate certain machinery to your property in order to always have it available when you need it, and we own all our own equipment, making it easy to fix promptly and have back-ups readily available.

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Fall Means Prepping Your Property for Winter

August 16th, 2017 by

Fall Parking Lot Inspection Tips

Do you know what football, anything spiced/pumpkin and the Minnesota State Fair have in common? They’re all signs of fall. While most Minnesotans enjoy the cool air, those crisp autumn days tend to go by too quickly and one day without notice, we find ourselves dealing once again with the sleet and snow of winter.

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Asphalt Scams – A Summer Rite of Passage

July 12th, 2017 by

Asphalt Scams in Minnesota

It’s finally here. The time we’ve been waiting for, Summer! Summer in Minnesota means BBQs, time at the lake, bike rides and yes, asphalt scams.

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is warning Minnesotan’s to watch out for asphalt scams.

If somebody knocks on your door claiming that they’re doing a job nearby and they have leftover asphalt or concrete and will give you a pavement maintenance deal on your driveway or lot, don’t fall for it. These are typically scams, and they target both homes and businesses. They tend to overpromise and use high-pressure tactics for closing the sale.

With any company, we urge you to vet them thoroughly before approving to any discounted jobs. Odds are it’s a scam, and they’ll do very shoddy work and charge you more than they said they would.

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Parking Lot Striping Projects – A Look at the Process

June 12th, 2017 by

We’ve all encountered parking lots where the spaces are not clearly marked. It can be tough to know if you’re really parked in an “official” space. It can be frustrating for people trying to park and it can make your parking lot look shabby.

The issue might be the result of old stripes or stripes that have faded over time. Either way, restriping a parking lot is an easy way to update the look of your parking lot. Restriping and paving updates will not only make your parking surfaces look better, these updates will help keep your parking lots safe. Clear parking lot striping is key, especially for heavy traffic parking lots.

So, what’s involved with a parking lot striping project? In short, we’ll make sure that your parking lot spaces all are the same length from row to row. This will make your lot look neat and create a better flow for cars. We’ll also make sure that old parking lot stencils are blacked out to ensure that the new stenciled lines clearly stand out.

Check out some of our photos from one of our paving and striping projects.

Asphalt Paving in Minneapolis

Asphalt Paving and striping

Asphalt Striping

Parking Lot Striping and Painting

Parking Lot Striping

Parking Lot Paving & Striping

Learn more about our pavement maintenance services here.

Summer = Excavation Projects in Minnesota

May 11th, 2017 by

Memorial Day weekend is just two weeks away. In Minnesota, this means that Summer pavement maintenance and excavation projects will be in full swing. If you have an excavation project, we are ready to help you tackle it.

Interstate Companies has been helping commercial properties keep their parking lots and surfaces safe and neat for over fifteen years. We have years of valuable experience as an excavation contractor.  We service Minneapolis, St. Paul and the entire Twin Cities Metro area.

At Interstate, we invest in equipment that helps us execute and complete projects efficiently. The video below shows our stone slinger in action. We used this high-speed conveyer for the Minneapolis – St. Paul light rail project on University Avenue.

See the Stone Slinger in action.



Spring is Here. Time for a Parking Lot Assessment

March 29th, 2017 by

Now that Spring is here, we recommend doing a parking lot assessment.

  1. Start by walking through your lot. Make sure that it’s clean and free of debris.
  2. Check out your parking lot at night and confirm that it is well lit. This is especially critical if your customers regularly park in the lot in the evening.
  3. Evaluate areas where curbs are starting to crumble or cracks are forming.
  4. Look at your parking lot striping and make sure that the stripes are still vibrant and easily detected.

Your parking lot is the first and last impression that your customers will have of your business. Clean, well-maintained parking surfaces demonstrate your attention to detail. Protecting and maintaining your parking lot is also the greenest, most environmentally friendly option available.

Parking Lot Paving & Striping

Contact Us for a Site evaluation.