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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.

CASE Dealer Ina Store Supports Team Rubicon and Habitat for Humanity for Baldwin, Michigan Veterans’ Village

CASE Construction Equipment dealer Ina Store supplied a compact track loader and grapple bucket to Team Rubicon for a land clearing project in Baldwin, Michigan. The site will be developed by Habitat for Humanity of Lake County Michigan into a new Veterans Village development that provides 850-to-1,000-square-foot homes for qualified veterans, active military and spouses of those who have served.

Team Rubicon deployed sawyer teams and heavy equipment operators to clear the area, allowing the first phase of the project to move forward.

 

In the years to come, the partnering agencies expect the overall operation to be a multi-year endeavor. Historically, Lake County, Michigan, where Baldwin is located, is among the most economically disenfranchised with higher-than-normal unemployment, leaving considerable service needs such as veteran housing unmet.

The overall operation presented a great opportunity for Ina Store, located in neighboring Osceola County, to step-up and supply heavy equipment from CASE for the effort.

“We live, work and have raised families in this region of Michigan, and the opportunity to give back to an ambitious project that will help bring important services to our military veterans was a no-brainer,” said Dean Smallegan, vice president at Ina Store. “We look forward to seeing this project come to life in the coming months and years.”

Shawn Washington, the executive director of Lake County Habitat For Humanity, has a grand vision for the overall project. In addition to the single-block operation with Team Rubicon, she plans to engage the veteran-led disaster response and community service organization in prepping other sites throughout the community that would be part of the project. The operation is a perfect fit due to unlimited time constraints, which would allow volunteers to also deploy to higher-priority disaster response situations, as needed.

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 Dealer Border Equipment Provides Two CTLs to Help Team Rubicon with Patriot South National Training Exercise

CASE Construction Equipment dealer Border Equipment recently provided Team Rubicon with a pair of s equipped with grapple buckets as the organization participated in the national, multi-agency Patriot South training operation. The Savannah, Georgia-based operation focused on disaster response coordination between organizations like Team Rubicon and local, state and federal agencies.
During the exercise at Oatland Island Wildlife Refuge, which was hit by an EF-1 tornado last July, participants from Team Rubicon converged with Air and Army National Guard units from across the country in simulated natural disaster recovery and response. The CASE TR270 compact track loaders were used for debris removal, demolition, and home repair scenarios.
“These training missions are part of what makes Team Rubicon great at what they do, and why they’re relied on as a trusted partner by national and international agencies when disaster strikes,” said Michel Marchand, vice president – North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “We appreciate the team at Border Equipment for providing the CTLs that helped make the operation a success.”
Overall, roughly 70 Team Rubicon members participated in the operations, which included using the CASE TR270s to clear brush, storm-damaged trees, and to create an access road and walking trail to the site.
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 Dealer ASCO Donates Equipment to Help Team Rubicon and SBP Rebuild Home Devastated by Fire, Hurricane Harvey Flooding

CASE Construction Equipment dealer ASCO, Lubbock, Texas recently provided a TR310 compact track loader and CX130D excavator to disaster recovery nonprofits Team Rubicon and project leader SBP. The equipment was used for demolition work before SBP could rebuild a Houston home that first was burnt to the ground then flooded during Hurricane Harvey.
Asha Ramraj and her husband first purchased the home in 2002. Together with their children, the Ramraj’s worked on making it a home. Years later, in 2015 the home burned to the ground, leaving only the laundry room intact. Ramraj’s husband passed away shortly after, leaving her alone to shoulder the burden of rebuilding while she lived in what remained of her home. Then in 2017, what was left of the Ramraj’s home was flooded during Hurricane Harvey.
“CASE Construction and ASCO were eager to work with Team Rubicon to support SBP in helping get this home rebuild off to a good start in any way we could,” said Michel Marchand, vice president – North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “The resiliency of Ms. Ramraj in the face of continued hardship is truly incredible, and ASCO was ready to help immediately.”
Team Rubicon collaborated with SBP, another disaster recovery nonprofit, with the demolition of the home, which would have set back SBP’s budget considerably. SBP plans to complete construction of the home in the coming months.
“Here was this insanely resilient woman who had been through so much,” said Cli Roberts, executive director of SBP’s Houston operation. “We desperately wanted to help her get her home back. I don’t know how we would have could have done it without help from Team Rubicon, CASE and ASCO.”
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, 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.