Aaron Traffas: Hello, this is Aaron Traffas with Purple Wave. On Tuesday, April 24, Purple Wave will be conducting a retirement auction for the John Belger Construction Company, a very well known and respected construction contractor in the Kansas City area. I’m going to speak with John Belger about this event and the equipment in it. Good morning, John, and thanks for joining me.
John Belger: Good morning, Aaron. I’m glad to be here.
AT: Let’s say I’m a prospective bidder from outside the area who may not be familiar with John Belger Construction. Tell me about your company. How long have you been in business and what kinds of construction projects did you complete?
JB: Aaron, we’ve been in business since 1981. We started out as a small driveway, manhole, pour-in-place contractor and developed into more of an excavating, stormwater, bridge contractor over the years. One thing just kind of led to another and got us involved in a lot of different kind of work. We were very fortunate to work for a lot of good folks. We had some great people working for us that were very responsible and took good care of our equipment. We’ve decided to pursue some other options as far as working goes and we decided to liquidate our construction equipment. We want everyone to know that we have well-maintained, very good, low-houred equipment available that’s ready to work. We have all the service records. Any kind of questions anybody would have about the equipment – we would be happy to answer any questions.
Well, John, the selection of the auction firm to conduct your retirement auction must have been a very big decision for you. Why, in the end, did you elect to use Purple Wave?
It was a very big decision. You know, it was a hard decision to make the call in the first place, especially when it comes to liquidating the equipment. We had some other options available but we felt like Purple Wave was actually better for our selling situation and we feel very comfortable with the folks we’ve been dealing with. They’re very honest. They work hard. That’s kind of the way we always tried to do our business, so we’re a good match.
Right now, John, we’re at 101 items listed for this auction – and I’m told that’s a complete inventory – which is certainly not the highest piece-count event we’ve conducted, but from what I hear from our district managers Jeff and Richard who’ve seen it, it’s an auction of perhaps some of the highest quality and best-maintained used equipment that we’ve seen. You mentioned a moment ago about it being low-houred and having some service records. What are some other comments that you might make about the condition of your equipment in this auction?
Well, Aaron, we always tried to find the best brand of equipment for what we were doing the work for, and we have got quite a conglomeration of different brands of equipment, but we felt like we were always buying the best. We were versatile. We tried to do all the work ourselves. We did the digging, we did the pouring of the concrete, the backhoeing and such. That’s kind of why you’ll find that this equipment is pretty low-houred due to the fact that we did all the procedures of the job and that’s why there were a lot of times the equipment sat, but we needed it to finish the jobs and what have you. We have some very well maintained – the guys were very good at keeping the equipment as it should be and very responsible. Folks that are looking for some good, strong equipment – we’ve got it out here for you.
You’ve got several nice excavatorsin this auction. Tell me about each of those and then talk a little about the rest of the inventory.
We bought a PC400 at the end of 2004. Actually, it didn’t go into service until 2005. RoadBuilders Machinery Company set that machine up for us and we tried to make sure that it was plumbed and the auto lube’s on it. At the time, when we purchased the machine, we did not purchase the hammer with it. We purchased it in 2006 – a GH18 12000 energy force breaker that has very little use on it. We tried to set the equipment up to where it would be available and ready for anything that came down the line. We have the JRB coupler on it. It’s a very nice unit, just shy of 1500 hours, ready to go – I’d consider the undercarriage great. Two years later, we updated the 200 to a PC200-8. We basically had him set it up the same way. We put a hydraulic, four-tine progressive thumb on that machine, a Lincoln auto lube, hammer kit – basically set it up the same way. Each machine has two buckets with it; they’ll sell separately. Then we go down to our smaller mini-excavator, the Takeuchi, set up with two buckets, couplers, hydraulic thumb. Skid steer loaders – we have a Cat skid steer loader with most every available option. Ride control, two-speed, hydraulic quick coupler, cab heat and air – a very nice unit. It just goes down from there to the pickup, dump truck, trailer, small equipment, a lot of good small equipment. We took care of our small equipment just as much as we did our big equipment and everything’s ready to go.
It sure looks like a great inventory, John. What does a serious, prospective bidder need to do to come and take a look at this equipment before placing a bid?
Well, anybody’s welcome to come at any time if they could just call the number on the Net, there, but my cell number – you could call it any time, we could make arrangements. We actually have an open house on the Monday before the sale from noon to 7 o’clock in the evening and everybody’s more than welcome to come and visit and look things over and get ready for the bids.
Sounds great, and we’re also going to have some Purple Wave personnel at that open house as well to answer any questions about the auction process and to be able to register any bidders who may have questions about that process. Again, that open house is Monday, April 23, from noon to 7. John, let’s say I’m a winning bidder, and after I’ve paid for my purchases, what then do I need to do to arrange load-out? What’s the time frame that I need to operate under and what kind of assistance might be available for me?
Well, we actually own the property, so there’s not a big push for the removal of it. I’m sure everybody wants to get their equipment as soon as possible, and we’ll have equipment there to help or assist any way we can. Purple Wave will have a Machinery Link operation there for people needing lowboy bids. I’m sure that they’ll do a good job of giving you a price on getting your equipment to where you need it to be. We’ll do everything we can to help. We’d like to have – having the equipment out within a week or two of the end of the sale would work best for us.
It would probably work best for you if winning bidders gave you a call to let you know when they’re going to be there to pick it up.
It would be much appreciated.
John, is there anything else you’d like to say or mention about this auction?
Like I said before, we appreciate all the people that we’ve worked for and all the people that’s worked for John Belger Construction Company. We appreciate Purple Wave helping us distribute this equipment in the end, and we can’t say how much.
I’ve been speaking with John Belger, owner of the John Belger Construction Company. Thanks, John, for joining me.
Thank you very much, Aaron.
Bidding for the John Belger Construction Company retirement auction is open now and will close Tuesday, April 24, beginning at 10 a.m. There will be an open inspection on the day before the auction, Monday, April 23, from noon to 7 p.m. Inspection is also available by appointment with John. His contact information is listed on the auction details page at purplewave.com. Like all Purple Wave auctions, there are no reserves or minimum bids. Items receiving bids in the last few minutes will be automatically extended to give everyone a fair chance to bid. There’s no advantage to waiting, so view the complete inventory and place your bids now at purplewave.com.