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Game Changing Natural Icemelters
( Maintenance Sales News - Nov./Dec. 2017)

For over 30 years, XYNYTH Manufacturing Corp., has provided new and different ice melter products to meet the growing demands placed by distributors, and their end-user customer base. Company officials complement these products with an abundance of information and educational tools, all in an effort to help people safely remove snow and ice.


The No. 1 selling item at XYNYTH remains the company’s prominent Mountain Organic Natural Icemelter™. It’s specifically designed to melt ice and snow effectively, while posing no risk to users, pets, concrete or the environment, when used as directed.


Fertilizer-based Mountain Organic Natural Icemelter™ begins working immediately after application, and is effective to -23°C (-9°F). It also boasts an unlimited shelf life, and is completely safe for those handling the product, according to XYNYTH President Kevin Wice. Due to its potassium content, Mountain actually helps repair damage caused by long-term use of environmentally harmful deicers, such as rock salt.


“There remains a very strong following for this product, years after its introduction,” Wice said. “Mountain is well established in the marketplace, and people ask for it by name.”


Other ice melters from XYNYTH that work fast under harsh winter conditions, but are safer for the planet, are Arctic ECO Green Icemelter™ and Winter Warrior Runway Control™.


“These two products are exciting for both XYNYTH and its customers,” Wice said. “Arctic ECO Green Icemelter™ has been designed with the environment in mind, while also focusing on price. It’s layered with various ingredients that provide many attributes, such as an anti-corrosive feature.”


There are people in the marketplace today who want to use environmentally friendly products, Wice added. The challenge is that a number of these consumers don’t want to spend extra money.


“To answer this challenge, XYNYTH introduced Arctic ECO Green Icemelter™ several years ago, using a special encapsulation process. We take sodium chloride and encapsulate it with CMA (Calcium Magnesium Acetate), which helps eliminate the negative side effects of the sodium. Then, we multi-encapsulate the granules with potassium acetate, so that every granule of sodium going into the ground is buffered by potassium, a major ingredient in fertilizer,” Wice said.


By still using sodium chloride, XYNYTH officials are able to bring the cost of the product down.


“It’s not as high-end a deicer as our Mountain Organic Natural Icemelter™, but it’s neutral to the environment, and will not ruin the surrounding soil structure. What I tell people is, ‘If Mountain was an electric vehicle, Arctic ECO Green would be its hybrid,’” Wice said. “One of the characteristics that has made this product popular is that Arctic ECO Green Icemelter™ is truly a manufactured item. Every granule is multi-coated. It’s also dyed green for better application.”


Meanwhile, Winter Warrior Runway Control™ has provided the impetus for XYNYTH’s newly introduced products. The deicer was originally developed for airport runways and surrounding areas, and meets both LEED
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)and FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) certifications.


Winter Warrior Runway Control™ and Mountain Organic Natural Icemelter™ are also both approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for use in food processing facilities,” Wice said. “They can guard against corrosion in these plants, such as helping to protect expensive refrigeration units.”


Three newer XYNYTH products were introduced last year and enjoyed a successful inaugural season. They are: Winter Warrior Enviro LEADer Icemelter™, which is specifically designed for use around all types of LEED buildings and properties. The product melts ice and snow in temperatures as low as -21ºC (-6ºF).


“There are certain specifications connected with LEED buildings. For example, all ice melter products used at these facilities must be free of chlorides,” Wice said. “Winter Warrior Enviro LEADer Icemelter™ has been formulated to be reasonably priced and still meet LEED certification. It features a combination of ingredients, including CMA, to pull down the product’s low temperature melting range.”


CMA is made of dolomite lime and acetic acid, and is perfect where corrosion and/or environmental issues are a concern, Wice added.


Warrior Enviro LEADer Icemelter™ is colored green to help prevent over-application, is safe on concrete, when used as directed, and is easy to apply.


“We feel Warrior Enviro LEADer Icemelter™ is satisfying an important niche in the marketplace. As a company, XYNYTH’s mantra for the past 31 years is that of being an eco-friendly ice melt provider. This product adds to our legacy,” Wice said;


Winter Warrior CMA Icemelter™ is the second newer XYNYTH deicer to be LEED compliant. The product is made from 100 percent CMA, and is biodegradable, noncorrosive and safe on concrete, when used as directed. It performs to -12°C (10°F), is chloride/nitrogen-free and easy to apply; and,


Arctic CLEAR Window & Mirror De-icer™, which is a liquid hand spray deicer specifically designed to clear ice, frost and light snow from windshields, windows, mirrors, locks, headlights, doors and other surfaces.


The product clears on contact, is streak and residue free, effective to -42°C (-44°F), prevents ice from forming/refreezing, contains biodegradable ingredients, and is safe on car finishes.


“This product contains the same type of ingredients that are used to deice the wings of aircraft in the winter,” Wice said. “We have received some great responses from distributors who sell to end-users with vehicle fleets. These endusers are looking for a product to deice windshields before their morning deliveries.


“As a company, we are always looking at new directions in the deicing marketplace. Arctic CLEAR Window & Mirror De-icer™ is a prime example. It contains biodegradeable ingredients, which fits in well with XYNYTH’s focus of being an environmentally friendly company.”


According to Wice, Arctic CLEAR Window & Mirror Deicer™ was mostly designed for retail markets, but has done amazingly well within different commercial applications for distributors.


Helping distributors and end-users understand the differences, benefits and applications of each type of ice melter available in today’s marketplace remains an important objective at XYNYTH. The company provides both live and online education/training options. This includes its “Ice Melt University,” which offers training programs specifically geared toward distributors.


There is also the online XYNYTH Ice Melt Resource Center, which Wice said provides the type of information that is often requested by end-users.


“At XYNYTH, we believe it’s important for people to understand the true differences with ice melters and how to properly use these products,” Wice said. “There continues to be a lot of misinformation that must be addressed.”


Despite a milder than normal 2016/2017 winter for many parts of the North American snow belt, Wice said the season was a good one at XYNYTH.


“Some areas received a lot of harsh winter weather, particularly Western Canada and the U.S. Northwest,” he said. “Being a longtime North American ice melt manufacturer and supplier, we have learned how to work through the ups and downs that take place every year in the different service regions. Overall, I would call last winter an average season for our company.”


One challenge for this upcoming ice melter preseason, according to Wice, will likely be trying to sell new product to those customers who did not experience a harsh winter.


“The ice melter pipeline is pretty full in some areas of North America. When this occurs, many end-users and distributors are slow to preorder product for the coming winter,” he said. “However, it’s important that people are not caught off-guard, as it’s rare, in many regions of the snow belt, to experience two or three mild winters in a row.”


To help customers get ready for what Old Man Winter may bring later this year, XYNYTH is offering a variety of ice melter preseason promotions in 2017, as well as an early booking program.