Winter weather has one Columbia business feeling the heat - DatelineCarolina

Winter weather has one Columbia business feeling the heat

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Some plants at Hay Hill did not survive the winter weather. Some plants at Hay Hill did not survive the winter weather.
"We are very hopeful in the next couple of weeks things are going to be booming and back to normal." "We are very hopeful in the next couple of weeks things are going to be booming and back to normal."

By: Cara Stokes

South Carolina has seen a brutal winter this year with freezing temperatures, ice, and even snow.

Some people may have enjoyed the weather, but one Columbia business manager says it has caused big problems.

Hay Hill designs and installs landscaping projects. The cold temperatures and severe winter weather have halted much of their work over the last month.

"Construction crews have missed 30 days of work in the last three months which means we are not making money. All of our work is outside so it greatly effects our level of productivity and income," said David Stack, a landscaping architect for Hay Hill.

"One job took about 12 weeks and it usually takes four weeks," said Frank Roddy, the operations manager at Hay Hill.

The cold winter hasn't only slowed down the landscaping construction work. It has also affected the garden center operations.

Becky Libby works in the garden at Hay Hill and says some plants did not survive the winter weather.

"The things that haven't done well are the herbs, the succulents, they have done terrible and totally browned out," said Libby.

Even though the plants are suffering, Libby looks forward to the next couple of weeks.

"We are very hopeful in the next couple of weeks things are going to be booming and back to normal," she said.


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