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Worldwide Business with kathy ireland, Charles Machine Works Discuss Solutions to America's Aging Underground Infrastructure

Fri January 12, 2018 - National Edition
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Worldwide Business with kathy ireland is pleased to announce an exclusive interview with Rick Johnson, CEO of Charles Machine Works.
Worldwide Business with kathy ireland is pleased to announce an exclusive interview with Rick Johnson, CEO of Charles Machine Works.

Worldwide Business with kathy ireland is pleased to announce an exclusive interview with Rick Johnson, CEO of Charles Machine Works, one of the world's leading underground construction equipment manufacturers and servicers. The topic on this episode: global underground infrastructure and the critical need for effective and modern solutions in the United States' aging system.

Charles Machine Works utilizes a “family of companies” strategy to provide a full range of solutions throughout each step of the underground construction, installation, servicing and repair process. Through their market-leading companies, Charles Machine Works touches all segments of the underground construction industry, developing critical solutions to advance national and global underground systems. Today, one of the biggest challenges they face is an aging underground infrastructure.

"Underground infrastructure around the world and in the US is old and deteriorating," said Johnson. "Some of the pipes in the ground are 100 years old. There are hundreds of water-main breaks a day which waste trillions of gallons of processed water. Our goal is to try to find solutions to locate these pipes, inspect them, and repair or replace the pipes in the ground with modern methods to build better pipes and better infrastructure."

The commitment to building a better world is at the forefront of the Charles Machine Works family of companies' culture. In fact, the company was founded on the desire to build something better and the innovation required to do it. A great American success story, Charles Machine Works started as a small Oklahoma blacksmith shop in the 1900s, founded by a family of German immigrants named Malzahn. Through the years, the business grew into a machine shop, then finally a manufacturer to meet the needs of local farmers and oil workers. By the 1950s, the company had invented the first service line trencher to make it easier to lay water and wastewater lines and the underground utility construction industry was born.

Today, Charles Machine Works remains a family-owned company with the same small-town roots in Oklahoma, despite having grown into a global and industry-leading group of people and services.

"Charles Machine Works is really an American dream story of the type that we profile on Worldwide Business with kathy ireland to celebrate their ingenuity and entrepreneurship as an industry leader," said JL Haber, vice president of Programming for Worldwide Business. "In a world with great infrastructure needs, they are making a difference while still staying true to their original values."

For more information about Charles Machine Works, visit and tune in to Fox Business Network as sponsored content on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. EST and Bloomberg International at 7:30 a.m. GMT and 10:30 a.m. D.F. and 3:00 p.m. HKT.

Worldwide Business with kathy ireland is a weekly half-hour show featuring global executives sharing their business insights and framing the opportunities shaping their industries. Hosted by business mogul and one of the world's greatest corporate leaders, Kathy Ireland interviews some of the brightest minds in business today. The show broadcasts on Fox Business Network as part of their sponsored content line up and globally on Bloomberg International. Worldwide Business with kathy ireland extends beyond the weekly on-air program with digital content delivered on various video platforms and across social media. Visit for detailed airing schedules or check local listings.

About Charles Machine Works Charles Machine Works is a Family of Companies focused on innovative, customer-driven solutions for the installation, maintenance and rehabilitation of underground pipe and cable. Our Family of Companies include Ditch Witch, Subsite Electronics, DW/TXS, HammerHead, Radius HDD, American Augers, Trencor and MTI Equipment. For more information visit

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