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Miller-Bradford & Risberg Supports Team Rubicon in Response to Severe Storm Damage in Northeast Wisconsin

CASE Construction Equipment dealer Miller-Bradford & Risberg supported Team Rubicon’s second wave of response to severe storms that originally hit the area in July 2019, including five tornadoes, that caused severe damage across Langlade and Oconto Counties in northeast Wisconsin.
The severe storms and tornadoes uprooted or snapped tens of thousands of trees, devastating wide swaths of forest land. Areas sustaining significant damage included recreational areas such as ATV and snowmobile trails that are important to the tourism economy in the area — especially throughout the winter. During the 10-day operation, 76 Team Rubicon volunteers worked to clear dozens of miles of recreational trails, many of which were completely unpassable.
On some trails, including the Crocker Hills Glacier Trail in Lily, Wisconsin, trees and limbs formed walls across the trail taller than 20 feet. To clear the trails, Team Rubicon sawyers partnered with heavy equipment teams that operated CASE compact track loaders and excavators provided by Miller-Bradford. As the sawyer teams would cut trees into movable sizes, the CASE CTLs and excavators pushed the debris to the side of the trail, making it passable and usable once again for ATVs and snowmobiles.
“We were keenly aware of the impacts that the storms and tornadoes had on the state and the communities that were hit,” said Dan Soley, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Miller-Bradford & Risberg. “We know the financial and long-term economic impacts that these natural disasters have on local communities – especially those dependent on tourism – so providing equipment for the clean-up efforts was our way of letting those people know that we have their backs.”

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According to estimates, hundreds of thousands of trees were downed during the mid-July storms, which produced winds of greater than 100 miles-per-hour.

For more information or to donate to Team Rubicon, visit TeamRubiconUSA.org. For more information on the partnership between CASE and Team Rubicon, visit CaseCE.com/TeamRubicon.

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CASE, Central Machinery Work with Team Rubicon to Improve Wetland Habitats at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge

CASE Construction Equipment and Central Machinery provided equipment and product/training support to veteran-led disaster response organization Team Rubicon for use in training 10 new participants in its heavy equipment training program at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The training included critical project work removing man-made islands in low-lying wetland areas to improve the habitat for birds and waterfowl.

case_tr_turnbull_3“We’re tearing down these islands and smoothing it out to return these wetlands to the way Mother Nature intended them to be,” says Steve Fox, engineering equipment operator, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. “It opens up the water and creates more of a natural habitat. Team Rubicon has been great. This is something that’s going to take us a few years to complete – they’ve helped us get farther along than we would be – it offers them a training area, and we’re getting good work done on the refuge.”

Team Rubicon used the exercise to train its members in the safe use and maintenance of heavy equipment for its disaster response operations. Central Machinery provided CASE CX130D and C210C heavy excavators, along with an SV280 skid steer, for the training and project work.

The partnership between CASE, Team Rubicon and the National Wildlife Refuge Association dates back to November 2015 when the three organizations began working case_tr_turnbulltogether to complete training and project work. Other refuge training projects have been completed in Texas, California and Massachusetts, with additional training taking place at sites throughout the country. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hopes that about 100 Team Rubicon members will be available to refuges for heavy equipment work and hundreds more available as volunteers for service projects across the country

“The Pacific Northwest takes its sustainability and preservation of natural ecosystems seriously, and the work performed by Team Rubicon here will help improve these natural habitats for years to come,” says Scott Harris, vice president – North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “Central Machinery – tied in to both the construction and agricultural industries – has always taken stewardship of the land seriously. We’re all proud to have participated.”

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Case Donates Engine And Components Display To Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Students at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s diesel and heavy equipment technician program will have hands-on access to some new instructional aids, following the recent donation by Case Construction Equipment of a diesel engine, transmission and hydraulic pump display from a Case loader/backhoe.

Case had been using the equipment at its Tomahawk Customer Centerin Tomahawk, Wis., but donated it to the Sturgeon Bay college after NWTC students visited Tomahawk with their instructor Jon Sowl, senior instructor of the school’s diesel technician program.

“Because of our longstanding relationship with Case dealer Miller-Bradford, we’ve been working with Case and their staff at Tomahawk and at their corporate training center in Racine for the past 20 years,” Sowl said.

“Each year we take our students to visit the Case Customer Center in Tomahawk to learn about the Case product line.  Students have the opportunity to operate equipment and receive training covering Case equipment history, machine features and technology,” Sowl continued. “Russ Wadzinski, the general manager at Tomahawk, asked us if we had a need in our program for the 580SM components display that they’ve been using in their dealer and customer training programs. We are very excited and grateful to Case for this generous donation.”

Sowl noted that the diesel and heavy equipment technician program is one of seven such programs in the Wisconsin tech school system, and the only one in the state to be accredited by the Associated Equipment Dealers. NWTC’s diesel program includes instruction covering agriculture, on-highway and construction machinery and diesel engine maintenance. Upon completion of the two-year program, students receive either an associate’s degree or a technical diploma.

“There’s a great career opportunity for students graduating from this program.  There has been a steady demand for diesel technicians in northeast Wisconsin and beyond,” Sowl said. “We’re a good source of talent for equipment dealers and companies with large fleets.”

Both Case and its local dealer, Miller-Bradford & Risberg, value the relationship with NWTC. “We’re happy to help Jon and his program,” said Wadzinski. “We look at his students as an important part of our industry’s future. Providing equipment and support is a good way for Case to invest in the future success of the industry.”

Mike Soley, Jr., president and CEO of Miller-Bradford & Risberg, Sussex, Wis., agreed. “Creating and sustaining solid partnerships with programs like the one Jon Sowl directs is a way of building a bridge to our future customers and employees,” Soley said.