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Join us October 7, 2020 in Hoffman Estates, IL at Northern Illinois University Space limited


This in-person event has been cancelled but we are working on a virtual option.
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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.

A mix of classroom training and hands-on experiences with peer experts will deliver a comprehensive look at building a liquids program.

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  • Business Strategy
  • Costs and process for implementation
  • Science behind brine making and application
  • Environmental impacts
  • Production and quality control
  • Blends / hot mixes
  • Calibration and application rates
  • Application best practices
  • Equipment maintenance and safety
Cost: $200 (early bird) $250 after 9/23
October 7, 2020
(space limited)


Rick Kier, CSP


Founding SIMA Member
Forge Ahead Consulting and Software LLC

Jim “Turk” Turcan, CSP, ASM


Cornerstone Partners Horticultural Services

Jordan Smith




Environmental sustainability

Adding liquids to your operations will reduce the amount of bulk rock salt that contractors need to apply. As more agencies home in on the impact chlorides have on waterways, snow contractors need to be on the forefront of innovation to become more environmental aware of the impact.

Is your business ready?

Jumping into liquids is a decision that shouldn’t be made lightly. Learn factors that should be considered to determine whether adding liquids, including making your own brine, is your next move.

Costs and processes for implementation

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


Best practices for brine making

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

Blending best practices & non-chlorides

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.

Calibration and application rates

Applying liquids is a science with a lot of factors that must be taken into account. Learn how to correctly calculate application rates and calibrate your equipment for optimum application.

Application best practices

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.

Equipment maintenance & safety

Extend your investment by making sure you safely know how to safely handle and store liquids and how to maintain your equipment.