MIDLAND, Va. – On May 20th and 21st, the representatives of 28 NATO member nations and 22 non-NATO members who comprise the international force in Afghanistan, participated in the biggest summit NATO has ever held. In total, leaders from over 60 nations and international organizations were expected to attend. This historic event presented the organizers and Chicago with multiple security challenges. According to a press release from The Department of Homeland Security, starting midnight May 19 through May 21, a large security zone around McCormick Place, where leaders, including President Obama, held their meetings was off limits, and the Museum Campus, Lake Shore Drive and several major expressways and streets were shut down during the NATO Summit.
To accomplish this, Showcall Inc., the event organizer, came to Smith-Midland Corporation to implement the installation and removal of transportable precast concrete traffic barriers.