When we think of “infrastructure,” road building is often the first thing that comes to mind because we interact with roads daily. However, countless unseen systems support everyday life in America: waterworks, waste processing, ports, railways, utilities, dams — even parks and recreational areas. Without them we are incapable.
Fact: They’re crumbling.
Dan McNichol may just be the voice that wins the battle for construction. Best-selling author, former White House Appointee, award-winning journalist for numerous publications and a fifth-generation road builder, Dan has decades of experience and expertise around the history, successes, failures and future of our Nation’s infrastructure, as well as a deep understanding of the engineers, workers and partnerships that are crucial to driving change.
“Mrs. Martin” – the 1949 Hudson that Dan will be driving throughout the tour – is as old, rusty and energy-defunct as our nation’s infrastructure. Built the same year as most of our structurally deficient bridges, this lead-sled was last on the road when Eisenhower was President. Much more than a resurrected Motor City classic, Dan’s Hudson represents how aged America’s infrastructure is.
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CASE Construction Equipment is honored to partner with Dan on the Dire States tour. We can trace much of our heritage and product evolution to infrastructure development. The need to connect people and commerce, move water and energy, and drive expansion is crucial for our communities – and especially critical for our customers. That’s why we’re committed to fostering new ways to build better, faster and stronger. We hope to see you on the road.
– James Hasler, VP North America, CASE Construction Equipment
Dire States is a nonprofit project of Dan McNichol and CASE Construction Equipment.