008: Matt Moeller – Overcoming Challenges Facing the Snow Plowing Industry

Matt Moeller is the Resource Coordinator for Interstate Companies, one of Minnesota’s top outdoor maintenance service companies. Matt got started in the industry back when he was 18 years, so he understands the industry and has experienced it from a variety of positions within a company.

"You gotta have it in your blood naturally…you gotta like the smell of diesel in the morning"

Is the snow plowing industry facing a potential crash? What does this mean for the strong companies that are able to survive the upcoming challenges? Matt and Stan discuss various difficulties facing the snow removal industry, especially on what it takes to find, teach and keep good employees. Matt believes that today’s mindset of instant gratification has made it increasingly difficult to find young people that understand it takes hard work and it takes time to get to that next level. It isn’t instant. You have to love the smell of diesel in the morning and you have to “want it”.

In Stan’s experience, he’s found that often a less-experienced, trainable, honest employee is more valuable to your company than a seasoned employee that knows their stuff, but might not be on the same page as you and the rest of your team. Once your company established a good crew – a crew that cares – how do we keep them busy 52 weeks a year? Matt also shares what he’s learned about management, and what it means to be a good foreman. The hard work that moved you up in the company doesn’t stop once you’re a manager/owner. In fact, the hard work becomes more constant, and doesn’t stop just because you punch the clock at the end of day. Our interview wraps-up with Matt’s thoughts regarding the importance of setting up systems and surrounding yourself with good people.

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