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Old 02-05-2013, 06:13 PM
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An other ROW mowing Co. gives up the ghost

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I saw a new crew mowing the Side of the roads and call a friend who works for the county. Yep, yet an other Mowing company has gone the way of the wind.

I have followed our counties ROW mowing contracts for close to 15 years. In that time only one contractor has been successful. I first got the bug when I was told one contract was over 100 K a year. After doing my due diligences, I found the problem. It was only $ 0.25 a thousand sq ft per cut. Plus the trash throw on the side of the road has to be picked up right before mowing.

These Contracts and their bids are public knowledge. I really didn't expect this company to last as long as they did. Their bid was 20% lower than the previous and only successful contractor who claimed his margin was less than 10%.

I am afraid this is a Common problem created by Yard Boys who don't have a clue about real business. When I taught Material Calculation & Calibration at the local College, I believe I saw the Real Problem. I had to teach Grade School Arithmetic before I could teach Calibration.

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