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Lexus Dealership Cuts Liability Risk and Winter Hazards with Heated Mats

Lexus Dealership Cuts Liability Risk and Winter Hazards with Heated Mats

Doraville, GA—With winter temperatures in Wayzata, MN, reaching into the single digits and snowfall accumulation averaging 51 inches a year, reducing winter-related slip-and-fall accidents is a serious concern at Lexus of Wayzata.  To meet the challenge of outdoor safety, the facilities maintenance team at this suburban Minneapolis auto dealership recently installed a HeatTrak Snow Melting Mat System to keep an L-shaped walkway clear of snow and ice.

“Typically, we would use salt and chemicals to keep the walkway free of ice and snow,” said General Manager Robert Katz.  “But foot traffic tracks residue, which would make our showroom look unsightly and would damage cement surfaces and interior floors.  We wanted an alternative solution and we found it with HeatTrak.”    

HeatTrak’s snow melting mat systems are designed to prevent snow and ice accumulation at industrial facilities and commercial environments, according to senior HeatTrak product specialist Ryan Williams.  He explained that HeatTrak mats prevent new snow from accumulating by melting it on contact at a rate of two inches per hour.

“Our snow melting mats are durable and stand up to heavy foot traffic. They are making a significant difference at Lexus of Wayzata by keeping the ramp clear of snow and ice without compromising on cleanliness.  The issue the dealership was having is common at commercial facilities.  Our mats have become the ‘go-to’ solution to address this problem,” Williams said. 

HeatTrak is the original inventor of portable snow melting mats. With more than 50,000 mats in use around North America, the company has become the industry expert in snow removal matting products.  Its electrically heated snow melting mats plug into any standard 120V, 208V or 240V electrical outlet, melting snow and ice on contact.  HeatTrak products help facility managers reduce slip-and-fall rates, thereby reducing their liability exposure and helping to lower their insurance premiums.

“Keeping our customers safe is a serious concern for us.  With the HeatTrak system we’ve seen a decline in slip-and-fall accidents and, commensurately, a decrease in our liability risk,” Katz said.


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HeatTrak is the developer and primary manufacturer of outdoor heated matting products. Founded in 2004, the company’s products are an efficient, convenient, and economical way to eliminate snow and ice accumulation around the workplace.  More than 200,000 mats are in use throughout North America at facilities that include Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, and universities.  Read more about HeatTrak and the company’s complete range of solutions at