Snow a boon for some Hampton Roads workers

The Peninsula has plenty of parking lots. And when it snows, somebody has to clear them.

Shopping centers, stores, apartment complexes, hotels and parking garages rely on their contracted grounds maintenance crews to get their businesses open to traffic — and customers — once again. The two recent snowfalls have been a boon for local landscaping, sweeping and pressure-washing workers. While January and February is typically the slowest time for most of these firms, crews received an influx of calls from unanticipated customers, or those who didn't plan ahead Several companies hired temporary workers or subcontractors to deal with the sudden and urgent demand.

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Focus on...Caterpillar tops estimate, sees gains in 2014; stock up

(Reuters) - Caterpillar Inc posted a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit on Monday as cost cuts and an uptick in demand for its building equipment offset continued weak sales to the mining industry.

The results, together with a better-than-estimated preliminary profit forecast for 2014 and a new $10 billion share repurchase plan, sent Caterpillar's stock up as much as 7 percent in early trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

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