ROAD CREWS WILL BE OUT AROUND THE AREA TONIGHT PLOWING
AND DROPPING SALT TO HELP DRIVERS FOR THE MORNING
-- MICHELLE --
BUT IN ONE COUNTY UP NORTH, THEY'RE USING SOMETHING
IT'S THE LIQUID THAT HELPED MAKE THIS 6-POUND BLOCK
ADAM, THE CHEESE BRINE IS SAVING MONEY AND KEEPING
THE ROADS CLEAR.
WE'RE ALL ABOUT PROPS HERE TONIGHT.
THIS IS THE CHEESE BRINE THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.
AND WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AFTER IT'S BEEN CLEANED.
IT'S A SALT WATER THAT'S KNOCKED 40 PERCENT OFF POLK
COUNTY'S ROAD SUPPLIES BUDGET.
AND MAYBE BETTER YET, MELTED THE SNOW AND ICE OFF
THE HIGHWAYS UP NORTH FASTER.
FIRST SHIFT WORKERS AROUND THE STATE.
KNOW THE DREAD EVERY WINTER.
We have 24-hour coverage pretty much..
100, 110,000 pounds of a cheese a day...
WHILE THE MOZZARELLA MAY START ITS DAY ON A LAZY RIVER...
I expect them to be at work...
CHUCK ENGDAHL'S WORKERS CAN NOT.
If you can get out of your driveway, you should be
able to make it to work..
No excuse laughs
MOE NORBY RUNS POLK COUNTY'S HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT...
I love my job.
HE'S THE GUY SINGLEHANDEDLY RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING
RID OF ONE OF THE BEST I'M GOING TO BE LATE EXCUSES
I used to tell my daughter when she was going to high
school that my goal was to make sure you don't have
a snow day...
HIS CREWS DON'T JUST DROP SALT AND SAND.
I think we're ahead of the curve...
AS WELL AS THE STRAIGHTAWAYS IN THIS NORTHERN WISCONSIN
You're trying to look for a better product that's
gonna get you there at a more economical cost...
MOE NORBY KNOWS HOW HIS HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY TEACHER
WOULD REACT TO WHAT CAME NEXT...
Probably be surprised, I guess.
SURPRISED THAT HIS INFORMAL LAB RESULTS FOUND THE
SOLUTION TO HIS COUNTY'S SALT AND MONEY SHORTAGE...
This is the magic water here...
JUST DOWN THE ROAD AT THE F&A DAIRY ...
There's quite a bit of salt in this water...
23-24 PERCENT SALT IN THE CHEESE BRINE.
IN THE PAST, THE DAIRY PAID TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS
EACH YEAR TO DISPOSE IT.
We were just looking for other things to do with it,
and then we talked to Moe...
MOE'S DRIVERS REPORTED THE CHEESE BRINE MIXED WITH
THE SALT CLEARED THE ROADS FASTER..
It's pretty simple science...
THE HIGHWAY COMMISSIONER IS EVEN MORE IMPRESSED WITH
THE ECONOMICS INVOLVED...
You always have interest in anything that'll save
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN EXTRA SALT THEY DON'T
HAVE TO DROP.
ALL DUE TO A UNIQUELY WISCONSIN IDEA.
In this industry, you never
turn your nose up to anything...
THE NOSE KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CHEESE.
Nah, there's no smell
BUT DON'T BELIEVE THE SPECULATION THAT THERE'S AN
ODOR IN THE POLK COUNTY AIR.
It doesn't leave cheese curds on the road or anything
NO, THE CHEESE ITSELF IS PRODUCED AT THE DAIRY...
If you eat pizza in Chicago or New York, good chance
it's probably going to be our cheese...
BY DONATING THE CHEESE BRINE TO THE COUNTY, CHUCK
ENGDAHL SAVES ENOUGH MONEY TO KEEP AN EXTRA WORKER
ON THE PAYROLL
It's a good chunk of change...
AND SPEAKING OF HIS WORKERS...
They'll always have an excuse...
THEY MAY SHOW UP LATE TO WORK SOME DAYS.
BUT DON'T BLAME THAT ON MOE NORBY
I hope we're the main factor in making sure all of
Chuck's people get to work.
They don't have an excuse to say the roads are bad.
CURRENTLY, POLK COUNTY HAS A PERMIT FROM THE DNR TO
USE THE CHEESE BRINE.
THIS WINTER, THE CITY OF MILWAUKEE ALSO OBTAINED A
PERMIT TO USE BRINE FROM THE F AND A DAIRY IN ONE
OF ITS NEIGHBORHOODS.
ALL THE FOLKS UP NORTH SAY THIS COULD BE DONE ANYWHERE
A HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT IS CLOSE TO A DAIRY THAT MAKES
MOZZARELLA AND PROVOLONE.
THOSE ARE THE TWO CHEESES WITH THE SALT CONTENT TO
MAKE IT WORK.
-- TALENT --
ADAM SCHRAGER, THANKS.