WZZM 13 Launches Driveway Weather

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Reporting snow amounts on area residents driveways!

(Grand Rapids, MI) - WZZM 13, the Gannett owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, MI and Jack's Lawn Service and Snowplowing and of Kent County is pleased to announce the launch of "Driveway Weather" reports during this year's winter season. The launch of this exclusive partnership will be the first in the nation.

In an unprecedented move, WZZM 13 will broadcast the snow amounts on area resident's driveways and road conditions as reported by Jack's fleet of snowplow drivers.
Jack's is the largest residential snow removal company in Kent County, operating a fleet of 23 trucks and tractors from its satellite vehicle tracking and centralized dispatch headquarters.

"Jack's is proud to be joining forces with the best news and weather reporting organization in West Michigan" said Bruce VanderVennen, head of Jack's lawn Service and Snowplowing. West Michigan residents and businesses need the very best weather information during the winter months and we are pleased to provide this 'first of a kind' partnership and service."

Jack's highly trained snowplow drivers will measure snow depths and road conditions and then report findings back "live" to the WZZM 13 On-Target Weather Center.

"Who better to partner with than the drivers out there with feet-on-the-ground and a firsthand measurement of the amount of snow fall" said Janet Mason, President and General Manager of WZZM 13. "When it snows overnight, viewers immediately want to know if they can get out of their driveway, if area schools are closed and what the current road conditions are". "This is just one more way we can better serve our community." She adds.

More information about Jack's Lawn Service and Snowplowing:
• A family owned West Michigan Company started in 1974 by Jack Vander Vennen. www.jackslawn.com
• Servicing commercial, industrial, residential, and condominium complexes.
• Satellite truck tracking and centralized dispatch headquarters
• Jack's Lawn Service & Snowplowing estimates it clears over 4,000 miles of parking lots and driveway pavement per winter season in Kent County.
• On-site snow plow training for drivers
• 15 trucks, 4 tractors, 2 skid-steers (Bobcat) and a loader
• Largest residential snowplow contractor in West Michigan servicing over 1000 homeowners
• Membership: SIMA (Snow and Ice Management Association)

For more information contact: Pamela Rankin, WZZM13 Marketing Manager, 616-559-1480 prankin@wzzm13.com or go to: wzzm13.com or contact Rick Kamel, 616-805-4197, rkamel@comcast.net

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