B.C. highway maintenance company names new snowplow: Darth Blader


Move over, Snownado. You have company. This week, Emcon Services announced the name of its new wide-wing snowplow for the Revelstoke area of B.C.’s Interior.Introducing: Darth Blader, with Emcon Services adding that it’s “the only highway maintenance contractor in western Canada who has one of these bad boys.”In early February, the City of Kelowna announced the winning name for the large snowblower it purchased late last year.Of the many names sent in by the public, with that field being whittled down to a top-10 list, Snownado was chosen.We have officially named our new #WesternStar #Tenco Wide Wing PlowIntroducing DARTH BLADEREmcon is the only Highway Maintenance Contractor in western Canada who has one of these bad boys#DarthBlader #SnowFighter @EmconServicesBC @TranBC @TranBCRockyMtn pic.twitter.com/2Gzh0LJBeC— EMCON SELKIRK DIVISION ~ Shift Into Winter (@EmconSelkirk) February 28, 2023 Story continues below advertisement “What do you get when you combine a blizzard and a tornado? The perfect name for Kelowna’s new snow blower,” the city said in a press release, adding that the machine cost $250,000.Meanwhile, Emcon Services says Darth Blader cost “a lot more,” adding that the snowplow started clearing the Trans-Canada Highway — two lanes at a time — in December 2022. Trending Now “That’s the big thing, clearing two lanes at once,” said Dustin Khadikin, Emcon’s vice-president of operations in B.C. 0:29 More snow potentially coming to Metro Vancouver Emcon, which has similar units in Ontario, says there’s also this benefit: Large tow plows require a Class 1 driver’s licence, while Darth Blader requires a Class 3, which allows a wider range of operators.Shortly after taking possession, Emcon posted a picture of the truck on social media and solicited the public for names. Story continues below advertisement DO NOT DO THIS!!Driving close to snowplows and passing them puts everyone at risk, as shown on #BCHwy19 just north of the #BCHwy4 turnoff, on #VancouverIsland.Slow down, be patient. Snowplow operators, like this one from @MainroadMIsland are out to keep highways safe for you. pic.twitter.com/V6xvxdpvgR— BC Transportation (@TranBC) February 23, 2023Khadikin says 134 different names were submitted, with that list whittled down to a top 10. Crew members then selected Darth Blader.Darth Blader will be in action mostly in the Revelstoke area, along the Trans-Canada Highway, eastward to Albert Canyon.“It clears a lot of snow,” said Khadikin. “It’s impressive, actually.” 1:39 Mind where you park: Montreal snow-removal operations underway &copy 2023 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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