Salt Shortage Just in Time for Winter
Less salt may be good on a diet but not when it comes to winter driving. And because of all the cold last year and the anticipation of what's to come, there's less of a supply. And in turn, the price per ton is higher. In some cases, it's even tripled compared to last year at this time. On average, it's between $175 and $200 per ton. Needless to say this has many retailers worried.
With the reported salt shortage, other countries are shipping the commodity here. But the analysts say the imported kind has higher water content, making it harder to use.
Meantime the city of Milwaukee says it's ready for winter with 72-thousand tons ready to go. This is about a third of the amount actually leftover from last winter.