Could be record winter for some local plowing, towing businesses

BROWN DEER (WITI) -- This winter has been incredible thus far for those who make a profit every time the snow falls. These folks enjoy seeing "white," because they also see "green!"

FOX6 News spoke with a tow truck driver and the owner of a snow plowing business. Both say they're on track for record profits this winter.

Michael Schaal owns Two Brothers Lawn & Snow LLC -- and he says there's no business like snow business!

"If it's not snowing, we're not working. We're working 15-20 hours every time it snows. Normal workload is about 10 hours a day," Schaal said.

It's hard work, but there's a huge payoff -- and the seemingly continuous snowfall we've seen this winter means Schaal is hitting the same sites over and over again.

"If this pace keeps up through January and February, this will be a record year for us," Schaal said.

Pam Schmeling co-owns "Royal Towing and Recovery" with her brother.

"It was cold and snowy one day - and he didn`t want to do it - so he put me in a tow truck," Schmeling said.

Schmeling says business is booming this winter. She says this is the best season in her company's five-year history!

"We are just hustling! It's crazy busy!" Schmeling said.

A normal winter would see about 15 tows a day -- and Schmeling says this season, they're seeing double that.

Temperatures are expected to drop over the next few days -- and Schmeling says stuck and spun-out vehicles will give way to vehicles in need of a jump start.

"They`ve made batteries a lot better over the years, but still bitter cold, below zero wind chills, it doesn`t help.  They don`t want to fire up in the morning," Schmeling said.

Neither business owner wanted to talk specific dollar amounts, but it could get even better for them. Winter isn't over until the end of March.