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CASE, Hills Machinery Support Team Rubicon Mudslide Cleanup in North Carolina

CASE Construction Equipment dealer Hills Machinery provided Team Rubicon with a compact track loader and excavator to assist in mudslide cleanup in Polk County, North Carolina in the wake of record rainfall. The work — part of Team Rubicon’s “Operation Mountain Laurel” — included re-routing a stream within its original banks after mudslides shifted its course, and clearing mud and debris from numerous properties.
Hills Machinery provided the equipment as part of the partnership between CASE and Team Rubicon — a veteran-led disaster response organization comprised of more than 80,000 volunteers that have responded to more than 275 disasters across the world since 2010. CASE supplies Team Rubicon’s heavy equipment operators with machinery to assist in cleanup efforts.
“Hills Machinery believes in supporting its community and didn’t hesitate to supply these machines to the effort,” says Mike Marchand, vice president — North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “One of the homeowners told Team Rubicon volunteers that the work performed on his property made it feel like home again for the first time since the rain and mudslides hit — that’s ultimately why we do this.” 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.

CASE, Century Equipment Provide CTL for Team Rubicon Flood Mitigation Operation

CASE Construction Equipment and heavy equipment dealer Century Equipment donated the use of a compact track loader to Team Rubicon for Operation Wind River Spirit, a flood mitigation project that protected vulnerable residents from anticipated spring flooding in Fremont County, Wyoming.

The operation came at the request of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho nations, as well as the American Red Cross, as the region experienced a record snowpack that melted quickly and caused rivers in the region rise.

Team Rubicon, with the help of a CASE TR340 compact track loader, loaded nearly 15,000 sandbags that were distributed to area residents. Team Rubicon volunteers from eight surrounding states put in more than 1,200 work hours and brought the community a potential savings of $36,699.75 in materials and labor.

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.

 

Sonsray Machinery Donates Heavy Equipment to Team Rubicon for Operator Training in San Diego National Wildlife Refuge

CASE, Sonsray Machinery, Team Rubicon and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service join forces for skills training and wildlife refuge improvement.

CASE Construction Equipment, Sonsray Machinery, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Team Rubicon teamed up for a heavy equipment operator training and improvement project at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. Sonsray Machinery provided four machines – two CX80C excavators and two SR210 skid steer loaders – and Team Rubicon brought in four instructors and nine volunteers from across the U.S. for the event, which involved classroom instruction as well as practical hands-on training in safety and machine operation.

Located on the southern rim of San Diego Bay, the Refuge is an important stopover for migratory birds, and supports a diverse array of natural habitats for a variety of wildlife including rare birds, butterflies and other wildlife that are critical to the area’s ecosystem. In addition to training nine new heavy equipment operators, Team Rubicon also made improvements to an access road, and removed over 50 tons of concrete from an old dairy complex within the Refuge.

For Team Rubicon – an organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams for disaster relief – the training preps their volunteers for operating heavy equipment during disaster response deployments, and also makes them eligible to assist the  on future projects. Team Rubicon has partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to create opportunities to provide heavy equipment training. A key component is Team Rubicon’s partnership with CASE, which provides both training and heavy equipment through its dealer network.

For more information on Team Rubicon, visit TeamRubiconUSA.org. For more information on the partnership between CASE and Team Rubicon, visit CaseCE.com/TeamRubicon. For more information on Sonsray Machinery, visit SonsrayMachinery.com.

Southeastern Equipment Donates CTLs to Team Rubicon for Neighborhood Revitalization Project in Detroit

Donated equipment supports Team Rubicon’s Operation Joe Louis—a revitalization project in the Herman Kiefer Hospital complex and neighborhood of Detroit, Mich.

 

CASE Construction Equipment dealer Southeastern Equipment Co. Inc. donated the use of two TR310 compact track loaders with grapple buckets to Team Rubicon for Operation Joe Louis—an urban blight response project in Detroit, Michigan. Team Rubicon has worked in partnership with the City of Detroit’s Motor City Make-Over event—an annual citywide volunteer cleanup and beautification initiative—and Herman Kiefer Development LLC, to clean up the Herman Kiefer Hospital complex and neighborhood by conducting damage assessments, debris management and home repairs in the area.

Team Rubicon brought in over 100 volunteers and training personnel from around the U.S. to assist local residents in the cleanup effort of their properties, as well as any vacant or abandoned properties adjacent to occupied structures. The CASE TR310 CTLs were used in debris management initiatives during the project, including the removal of fallen or dangerous trees, trash, overgrowth and the consolidation of debris and refuse, as well as the demolition of several garages and other outbuildings.

The City of Detroit has experienced significant economic divestment over the last 50 years, and this isn’t the first time that Team Rubicon has worked in the city. Team Rubicon responded to flooding in the area in 2014 during Operation Flood Wrangler. In 2016, they partnered with Motor City Blight Busters for a revitalization project in the historic Brightmoor neighborhood.

Team Rubicon is a veteran-led disaster response organization that deploys teams globally. Its heavy equipment operators have been trained as part of a partnership with CASE that began in November 2015.

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

CASE Dealer Robert Childs Inc. Donates Equipment for Key Restoration Projects in Cape Cod

Donated equipment brings long-awaited grassland and wetland restorationCASE Dealer Robert Childs Inc. Donates Equipment for Key Restoration Projects in Cape Cod

 

CASE Construction Equipment dealer Robert Childs Inc. donated the use of five CASE machines to Team Rubicon to be used for land-clearing and grasslands restoration in the Coonamessett Reservation fields in Hatchville, Mass. The donated equipment—two excavators; a CX80C and CX130C, and three skid steers; an SV185, SR270 and SV300—were used to help clear the land of overgrown invasive brush that had overtaken the native sand-plain grassland.

Restoring the Native Habitat

Located within the Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge, the land is managed as part of the refuge and in alignment with refuge goals by the nonprofit Falmouth Conservation Commission. The Coonamessett Inn operated on the land in the 1950s. Eventually, it was demolished, and the land has been managed for conservation. The native sandplain grasslands—home to a variety of birds, butterflies and other wildlife, as well as several endangered species—are critical to the Cape Cod ecosystem. But habitat has dwindled as the area has continued to develop.

The Falmouth Conservation Commission had been seeking restoration of the overgrown fields to native grassland for many years, but; lack of funding was one factor that had prevented any real progress. However, in January 2016, several local conservation groups banded together to share resources, and by the end of the year were able to recruit the help of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Team Rubicon.

CASE and Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon—a veteran-led disaster response organization—has partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to create opportunities to provide heavy equipment training to returning veterans. A key component is Team Rubicon’s partnership with CASE, which provides both training and heavy equipment through their dealer network. CASE dealer Robert Childs Inc. of South Dennis, Mass., donated all of the heavy equipment to be used in the Coonamessett Reservation land clearing project.

Tasked with clearing the land of brush, trees, invasive vegetation, overgrown foundations and even an old tennis court from the site’s former days as a resort property, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Team Rubicon accomplished the job at no cost to the local municipalities, saving tens of thousands of dollars in equipment rental fees and labor costs.

This project not only made huge strides in continuing to restore the natural landscape of the area, it provided Team Rubicon with an opportunity to train their heavy equipment operators for wildfire, hurricane, tornado and other land-clearing disaster response scenarios.

What’s Next? 

Now that the land has been cleared, local conservation groups plan to plant a variety of grasses and other native perennial species to restore the natural sandplain grassland. Plant species are also being selected to help boost the native butterfly species of the area. A mowing and prescribed burn plan will be scheduled to manage this rare habitat and control invasive plant species.

In addition, large stumps and other materials left over from this project will be used in a nearby Coonamessett River restoration project. The project will incorporate logs, root structures and slash materials along and within the reconfigured, more meandering waterway to change stream flow, which will improve breeding habitat for native fish species as well as enhance the surrounding wetlands for other local wildlife.

For more information on Team Rubicon, visit TeamRubiconUSA.org. For more information on the partnership between CASE and Team Rubicon, visit CaseCE.com/TeamRubicon. For more information on Robert Childs Inc., visit RobertChildsInc.com.