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Build a Brine Making Program

Adding brine to your ice management toolbox requires a careful approach that blends strategy, cost analysis, science and application best practices. In this immersive event we’re going to dispel the myth that “Liquids just don’t work” by bringing together seven companies who’ve found tremendous success with their brine making and liquids capabilities and will show you how it can be done.

This all-day workshop will take place August 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A mix of classroom training and hands-on experiences with peer experts will deliver a comprehensive look at building a brine making program.

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  • Business Strategy
  • Costs and process for implementation
  • Science behind brine making and application
  • Production and quality control
  • Blends / hot mixes
  • Calibration and application rates
  • Application best practices
  • Equipment maintenance and safety
Cost: $95
August 25, 2020
(space limited)


Is your business ready for brine?

Jumping into making your own brine is a decision that shouldn’t be made lightly. Charles Glossop, CSP, has spent nearly 30 years refining his brine making operation. He’ll discuss the factors that should be considered to determine whether brine making is your next move.

Costs and processes for implementation

Don’t dismiss the costs that go into adding brine making to your operations. Adding brine will require investments in labor, materials, equipment, storage and more. Mike McCarron will share how to identify and assess those costs and provide strategies to ensure you achieve a return on that investment.

Guided by science

If you’re going to invest in brine making, you need to make sure you know the science behind successful application strategies. Diana Clonch is a long-time consultant to the industry and will teach attendees how brine works, when it doesn’t, the importance of scenario planning, application and treatment options, common issues and how to troubleshoot if your first attempts don’t achieve your desired goals. Much of this class will be reinforced in the outdoor sessions.

Outdoor Experience

Station 1: Best practices for brine making

Jeremy Darling, CSP, ASM, // JC Grounds, MA

Learn the basics of how to make brine, including the tools and equipment that are needed, measurement tools, and quality control best practices.

Station 2: Blending best practices & non-chlorides

Greg Davis // EMI, OH

Straight salt brine only gets you so far — for enhanced performance you’ll need to learn how to blend brine with other chemicals and explore the non-chloride options that are available to amp up performance.

Station 3: Calibration and application rates

Brian McKenna // Nature’s Caretaker, MT

Once you’ve made the brine you need to understand and train your team on how to correctly calculate application rates and calibrate your equipment for optimum application.

Station 4: Application best practices

Brendon Grabowski // Elbers Landscape Service, NY

See application best practices in action. We’ll get equipment moving to show proper spray patterns, nozzle types, etc. to ensure you’re maximizing your investment and your service applications.

Station 5: Equipment maintenance & safety

Alex Glossop, ASM // Hantho Farms

Extend your investment by making sure you safely know how to make the brine and how to maintain your equipment.

2020 Symposium Sponsors

Thank you to all of our 2020 Symposium Sponsors!