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Eastern Iowa Airport replacing snow removal equipment

It is taking advantage of deal on 'demonstrators'

Runways are cleared of snow at The Eastern Iowa Airport in December 2009 while the Delta Skybus 330 pictured here would
Runways are cleared of snow at The Eastern Iowa Airport in December 2009 while the Delta Skybus 330 pictured here would take the Iowa football team to Miami. (Mike Hlas photo)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Eastern Iowa Airport will be purchasing new snow removal equipment earlier than anticipated, taking advantage of a discount offered by an Ankeny dealer.

Don Swanson, airport director of finance and administration, told the Cedar Rapids Airport Commission on Monday that Trans Iowa Equipment offered to sell two “demonstrator” Oshkosh multifunction snow plows with tow-behind brooms for $1,330,813. The price reflects a discount of $332,703.

The new snow plows will replace a 1994 Oshkosh multifunction snow plow with a broom and blower as well as a 2000 Stewart Stevenson SST 300 tow broom. Trans Iowa Equipment will accept the two units as trade-ins, reducing the total price by $55,000.

The airport also is purchasing spare parts for the units as well as a slide-in sander for an additional $41,145. That brought the total purchase price to $1,316,958.

The commission approved the purchase, noting that it has been difficult to get replacement parts for the Stewart Stevenson equipment.

Swanson said the airport originally planned to replace the snow removal equipment in fiscal year 2018. He said the discount offered by Trans Iowa Equipment for the demonstrator units with full warranty was too attractive to pass up.

Swanson, in a separate report to the commission, said the airport was able to reduce expenses for snow removal during the recent winter months due to milder-than-normal weather.

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