Warm Winter Brings Change to Businesses

By Lindsay Nielsen

February 10, 2012 Updated Feb 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Well into February and still mother nature continues to deny us snow cover and continued cold.

So how is this affecting local business?

In the case of Global Industrial Services in Apalachin, workers are raking leaves, trimming trees and taking care of budding bushes.

"Our heavy equipment the loaders and stuff like that we've only used I think once this year that I can recall of. We did go out and buy a lot of new trucks this year expecting a lot of snow," says Jim Morris of Global Industrial Services in Apalachin, adding that those new trucks have been sitting all winter.

"Some winter products like snow shovels and ice melt are down dramatically but in the meantime we've had to order extra landscaping supplies," says Richard Schoettler, manager of the Home Depot in Johnson City.

Home Depot has had an enormous demand for mulch.

Owego resident Wendy Deis says it is strange to plant plants during winter, but the warm weather has helped her make repairs.

"To clean up the backyard from the flood--that's why I'm here at Home Depot today, and I think that's once nice thing that the weather has done for us in view of the flood," says Deis.

Home Depot says what they have lost in snow equipment sales they've made up for in landscaping and home improvement sales.

"(I just) Finished the outside remodeling I've been working on and its hard to do when we're busy in the summer so its been great to get it done now with this great weather," says Vestal resident Joe Carosella.

Vestal resident Elva Chapin adds, "The sun has been wonderful. We don't need Florida, we got New York."