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Middle schoolers invent Ariens product

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The MeltBuddy was developed for a school project.

| October 7, 2010

BRILLION, Wis.– Ariens Co. introduces the new MeltBuddy. The invention of two young middle school students, this new salt spreader attaches to SNO-THRO units allowing operators to clear snow and spread ice melt in a single pass.

In 2007, two young inventors, Matt and Sam, needed an invention for a school project competition and were inspired by the seemingly endless snowfall Iowa received that same winter. They developed the idea of attaching a salt spreader to a snow thrower to help people save time clearing driveways.

The concept made it to the state competition and Dan Ariens soon contacted the boys about their invention. To ensure the boys received compensation for their idea, Ariens helped them file a U.S. patent application, eventually resulting in the MeltBuddy.

Available for use on all SNO-THRO units, the MeltBuddy has an easy-to-use hand trigger and large capacity hopper which allows operators to drop ice-melt granules where needed.

Additional features and benefits include:
•    Universal mounting for easy attachment on almost any manufacturer’s snow blower.
•    Durable high-density polyethylene survives the most extreme winter conditions.
•    Snap-locking hopper cover keeps blowing snow out and away from the ice melting product of your choice.

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