A Bad Winter Equals Good Sales for Eastern Iowa Company

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter

MONTICELLO, Iowa-- With all the snow we've had this winter, many people have been rushing to the hardware store to pick up a new shovel. For one Eastern Iowa company that makes the winter tools, it's been one of their highest grossing years in history.

Monticello based Yeoman and Company who makes Yo-Ho tools is celebrating this winter. The last two years were pretty slow for them, Cedar Rapids saw about half the snowfall all winter in those years that we've seen already this year.

That meant Yeoman had a stockpile of materials for their Yo-Ho Shovels. This year though they've been able to unload a lot of that inventory. Selling about half a million shovels, orders are still coming in daily, making it their second best year in the companies 80 year history. The increase in sales allowed the small company to hire on extra help for the winter months.

"We even hired some temporaries, usually in September, October, November, December, and they stay on as long as we need them. We have a lot of retired people in the community that want to work a couple of months a year and they re excellent help and we're fortunate to have those people available to us," said Tom Yeoman, President and CEO of Yeoman and Company.

With that additional help the company has been able to keep their crew working regular shifts, not needing overtime. Crews are now making both shovels and gardening tools for stores across the country. Once demand for this season slows down they will start building up inventory for next winter.
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