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Snow-Melting Mats Keep Walkway Free of Snow and Ice at Houghton College

Snow-Melting Mats Keep Walkway Free of Snow and Ice at Houghton College

Snow-Melting Mats Keep Walkway Free of Snow and Ice at Houghton CollegeDoraville, GA, January, 2019—Genessee Valley, in southwestern New York State, is home to Houghton College, a Christian liberal arts institution. With the area’s long, cold winters, keeping the college’s nearly 1,000 students, faculty and employees safe by reducing the risk of slip-and-fall accidents is a major concern for the facilities team there. To address a particularly icy walkway on campus, the team recently installed a HeatTrak snow-melting mat system

“The walkway is located between two buildings and gets no sunlight,” said Chad Plymale, director of facilities at the college. “Its location made it hard to manage snow and ice buildup and was a real hazard. The mats are really doing the job to keep the area clear.”

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, economical, and stand up to heavy foot traffic. They have made a significant difference at Houghton College by keeping their walkway clear of snow and ice without compromising on cleanliness. The issue they had is a common one at facilities with heavy foot traffic. Our mats have become the ‘go-to’ solution to address this problem,” Williams said. 

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. With more than 50,000 mats in use around North America at facilities that include Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, and universities, 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. Read more about HeatTrak and the company’s complete range of solutions at

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