The city’s salt supplier will receive naming rights for the Indianapolis snow-removal force in exchange for providing Indianapolis with extra salt and five new trucks over the next five years.
Mayor Greg Ballard was to announce the deal with Minneapolis-based Cargill this afternoon. The city will begin referring to its snow-removal efforts as “Indy Snow Force Powered by Cargill.”
Cargill has long supplied salt for the barns maintained by the Indianapolis Department of Public Works. During its partnership with the city, according to a news release, Cargill will give the city 125 tons of salt and five Ford F250 pickups outfitted with snow plows and salt spreaders.
The salt that will be provided is just a drop in the bucket compared with the tens of thousands of tons that are spread each winter by Indianapolis’ 73 snowplow trucks.
But the city plans to use the additional salt in part to help clear snow and ice from parking lots at charter schools and libraries. The pickups are smaller than most of the city’s heavy-duty snow plow trucks and are better suited for clearing walkways, parking lots and tighter corridors. During the summer, according to the release, Indy Parks’ Summer Servings program, which provides lunches for low-income children participating at park sites across the city, will make use of the trucks.
Cargill selected Indianapolis as a pilot city for its new “Safe and Smart” program.
“A key element to the selection of Indianapolis for this partnership is our shared vision of a commitment to the best practices that allow for financially and environmentally responsible snow and ice removal,” Sean Riley, Cargill Deicing’s sales and marketing manager, said in the news release.