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Some outdoor jobs don't stop in the bitter cold

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FRANKENMUTH (WJRT) -

(01/28/14) - While many students and teachers enjoyed another day off due to bitterly cold temperatures, others have to go work no matter what the weather.

In some cases, on the job deadlines wait for nothing and for no one. In Frankenmuth, they even make Old Man Winter take a back seat.

Even with temperatures hovering just a little above zero, construction continues on a massive expansion to Splash Village in Frankenmuth.

"For most guys, it's all in their clothing. The hardest thing is keeping their hands and feet warm," says Ron Ross, corporate engineering director for Zehnder's.

Some parts of the building process require being outdoors and exposed to the elements - no matter what the thermometer reads - while creative thinking allows other jobs to be done in a little more comfort.

 "We're building all kinds of closures to keep it warm, so we can cure our concrete and blocks and the guys are safe. We don't want anybody to get frostbit or anything," Ross said.

Layering up with the proper work clothes also helps ward off the cold, and there are measures that can be taken, even when the ground is frozen nearly 3 feet deep, according to Ross.

"We're thawing ground right now. We have thaw machines that take the frost right out of the ground," he said.

Ross says the Splash Village expansion has fallen about a week behind schedule due to the weather. Completion of the project is still expected this summer.

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