On January 12, 2023, multiple tornadoes hit the Southeastern United States. One of which was a category F3 tornado that touched down in Selma, Alabama — a city that was still recovering from Hurricane Zeta, and the tornadoes of 2021. The storm hit the city hard, leaving vehicles overturned in the streets, homes destroyed, and lives lost. Team Rubicon, a veteran-led volunteer humanitarian organization, having already deployed to Selma in recent years on a multi-year rebuilding program, knew that it was time for action.
Tidewater Equipment provided three CASE TV370 compact track loaders, equipped with buckets and root grapple attachments to help Team Rubicon with the cleanup operation that took place between January 23 and March 10, 2023. The machines and attachments were extended by Tidewater Equipment to ensure that Team Rubicon had the support needed to complete their mission.
"As a company with locations and customers throughout the southeastern Unites States, we understand the realities that catastrophic weather can bring," said Kevin Pittman, Manager of Construction Equipment & Equipment Rental Divisions at Tidewater Equipment. "We recognize the noble work of Team Rubicon and the relief they bring to help rebuild communities when disaster strikes. Tidewater Equipment was honored to provide machines to make their tough work just a little bit easier."
Tidewater Equipment's newest location in Enterprise, Alabama — which opened less than a year ago — donated the equipment for this Team Rubicon operation and to support their local community.
"Our partnership with CASE allows us to provide the best equipment to our customers, and to those in need during disaster relief efforts," Pittman said. "We appreciate the opportunity to support Team Rubicon and their efforts to rebuild communities impacted by this terrible storm system."
"Our dealers are critical partners in helping us provide equipment to those who need it most," said Terry Dolan, Vice President - North America, CASE Construction Equipment. "We are proud to work with Team Rubicon, Tidewater Equipment, and our other dealers to support disaster relief efforts and to provide the best equipment to help rebuild communities impacted by natural disasters."