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Market researcher IBISWorld reports that snowplowing is a growth industry that now employs over 260,000 people and generates $17 billion in revenue annually.

In contrast to many winters, landscaping companies that offer snow removal services have found that side of the business is booming this season.

Carmen Caltabiano, with Greenscape Unlimited in Maryland, told CBS affiliate WJZ that snow removal is bringing in "probably four times the amount pool landscaping of income for the tree services company ... from the last landscape design in Maryland two years to this year."