John McCaskie, left, accepts the Nello L. Teer, Jr., Award from ARTBA’s Rich Juliano, senior vice president for policy.

By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

John McCaskie, a retired volunteer leader and industry activist based in Western Pennsylvania, formally received the 2018 Nello L. Teer, Jr., Award from ARTBA’s Contractors Division at a Nov. 15 event in Hershey, Pa. The presentation came during the 40th Annual Fall Seminar held by the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC), ARTBA’s state chapter.  The annual award recognizes an outstanding advocate for the nation’s transportation contractors.  It is named for ARTBA’s 1959-60 chairman, whose family owned one of the most prominent highway contracting firms in the Southeast U.S.

McCaskie served as president of APC in 2003-04, and spent several years chairing the group’s Risk Allocation Committee. Nationally, he served on ARTBA’s Board of Directors for 15 years and co-chaired its former Bridges & Structures Committee.  In 2008, McCaskie testified before the U.S. Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee on behalf of the Transportation Construction Coalition, highlighting the Highway Trust Fund’s looming insolvency.  Through the years, he has been known as a strong proponent of industry grassroots activism on the state and federal levels.

As John recalled during his acceptance remarks in Hershey, he spent his 50-year career working for two family-owned Pennsylvania firms, W.P. Dickerson and Son, and Swank Construction Company.  He retired as Swank’s chief engineer at the end of 2017.  John and his wife Rose remain in the area and plan to continue attending industry events through John’s role as an emeritus director for APC.