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University of Minnesota at Crookston Deploys Snow-Melting Mat System to Tackle Ice Buildup

University of Minnesota at Crookston Deploys Snow-Melting Mat System to Tackle Ice Buildup

University of Minnesota at Crookston Deploys Snow-Melting Mat System to Tackle Ice BuildupDoraville, GA, January, 2019—With winters in Minnesota long, cold, snowy and icy, the risk of weather-related slip-and-fall accidents remains high throughout the season. At the University of Minnesota in Crookston, the facilities team there greatly reduced this risk by installing a HeatTrak snow- and ice-melting mat system at a building entrance where ice was accumulating due to water dripping from the roof above.

“We have close to 3,000 students enrolled here and their safety is our main concern,” said Neal Benoit, facilities manager. “The HeatTrak mat system eliminated the ice buildup at the building entrance and has kept the problem from coming back.”

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 the Crookston campus by keeping their building entrance 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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