Warm Weather in U.S. Pinches Salt Producers

With temperatures high, stocks of road salt are piling up as sellers watch the skies for snow

The Wall Street Journal

Charleroi, PADec. 29, 2015—A small mountain of white rock salt has been growing slowly at a shipping terminal alongside the Monongahela River this month, waiting to be shipped to city-owned sheds or packed into 50-pound plastic bags for hardware-store wholesalers.

Nearby, hundreds of the bags are piled up on pallet racks, unsold, which locals say is an unusual sight at the terminal at this time of year, when temperatures typically dip below freezing and local governments and drivers start preparing for snow and ice.

An unseasonably warm winter is spoiling the holidays for producers and sellers of the rock salt that is used to help keep motorists from slipping off slick roads.

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