After reviewing the University's salt purchase orders I obtained at the hub of the physical plant dapartment, I collected a sample of the actual salt and had it analysed at the University's Plant and Soil Science laboratory. Here are the results of my findings...

Salt Composition

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University Salt Purchase Orders

The University of Vermont has purchase order records dating back approximately seven years. The individual overseeing these purchases, Beverly Stout, a physical plant supervisor, states Vermont law requires the university have a minimum seven years of records and therefore she is in compliance. I was allowed to see three of these years: 1996-97, 1997-98, and 1998-99. All purchases are made with Cargill Salt Eastern located in Lansing, New York. All three include a blanket purchase order prior to October 1 of the year for 1,000 tons of salt. With an approximate unit price of $40/ton, the University is spending $40,000 on salt per year. As more salt is needed, the vendor is contacted to make a deliverery. My understanding, after a conversation with Beverly Stout, is that all the salt is used up between October and May of the following year.