Belding firm works to fight ice dam damage


BELDING, Mich. (AP) — Workers at a small company in Belding are putting in long hours to meet the demand of homeowners who want to keep ice dams from damaging their roofs.

The Grand Rapids Press reports ( ) that KMI Inc.'s 65 employees manufacture patented 3-inch calcium chloride tablets called Roofmelt. The tablets can be tossed on a roof to melt ice dams before water backups can seep into an attic or walls.

KMI vice president Tom O'Malley estimates that the company has shipped 12 million tablets to stores in the U.S. and Canada this winter. And the ice dam situation could worsen with expected above-freezing temperatures across the Upper Midwest next week.

KMI owner Van Kassouni developed the Roofmelt tablets 12 years ago. The company produces them from September through March.


Information from: The Grand Rapids,

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