Aaron Traffas: Hello, this is Aaron Traffas with Purple Wave. On December 19, Purple Wave will be conducting an auction of pipeline and construction equipment in western Colorado and northeast Utah. I’m going to speak with James Beal, Purple Wave’s territory manager for Wyoming and parts of Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota. James has been handling asset listings and auction logistics for this event. Hi, James, and thanks for joining me.
James Beal: Hey, Aaron, how are you doing today? You caught me on the ground out here listing equipment and getting all this listing put together. I’ve found a great line of equipment. It’s kind of exciting, what’s going on out here on the west slope. I’m excited about getting a new set of bidders out here looking at what Purple Wave is doing. We have a presence out here but I can see it’s going to go a long ways with this type of auction.
AT: Tell me about your primary seller in this event. Who is it, and why was Purple Wave selected to handle the liquidation?
JB: Well Grimsleys have run Western Pipeline Utilities Construction Company for about 13 years and closed down their business. They’d been registered with Purple Wave for a while and watched what we’d done. One option was to go over the hill to another auction with transportation and all other costs involved. As they’d seen what we’d been doing in the past few months with our construction auctions, they could see that their return and recovery was going to be an excellent deal with Purple Wave.
Well, James, it looks like you’ve got a solid mix of construction equipment from boring machines to heavy trucks to backhoes – tell me about some of the marquee items.
John Deere 350D haul truck
Well we’ve got a couple of nice, big, heavy duty construction items out there in Utah. We have a John Deere haul truck. It’s an off-road truck – really nice – they’ve taken very good care of it. It’s from Geary Construction out in Coalville, Utah. They’ve also got a Link-Belt 850 crane, off road. They’ve tried to keep one operator on that machine and it looks like they’ve done a very good job. They’ve got a good maintenance program and those two pieces are quality. As we got down to Grand Junction and Palisade we’ve got a company here that’s out of business. They’re selling off their assets which is a pipeline company.
1995 Link-Belt HTC-850 50 ton crane
There’s some high tech equipment here we’re finding when we open up the trailers and get dug back in there. Some of the assets there – we’ve got some backhoes, an excavator, trucks and trailers. We’ve got a pipeline drying system with a Sullair unit and dryer. It dries 12-inch pipe a long ways without any heat. It’s been engineered to do that. It’s a great piece of equipment there. We’ve got Ditch Witch boring machines and affiliated equipment and trucks and mud trucks, trailers – everything’s ready to go to get you a boring machine and get going. We have a lot of nice pipeline equipment here.
1992 John Deere 490E excavator
Well, James, as you’re doing a complete liquidation, you’re bound to run into some unique assets. Tell me about one or two of these more interesting items.
You know, you go into a yard that’s been in business for a while and you find all kinds of things. Apart from the pipeline equipment and this boring – we just found a lot of boring reamers and different types of equipment that’s going to be good for people to get out and about and used in their boring business. They’ve taken very good care of all this stuff. Another little unique item we found was a professional smoker on a trailer. For any companies out there that are thinking that they need to up their Christmas parties or any parties they have, this is a nice, large smoker barbecue that is on wheels. It can travel around and has a desert cooker for dutch ovens on the back. It’s quite a unique deal that I’ve found and I think companies that like to get in and have their own little parties and be able to go around and do a little barbecuing and up their party experience with their employees – I think they ought to take a look at this piece of equipment.
These assets are located at a few different places. Tell me about these locations and how we’re handling inspections and asset removal for this auction.
1991 GMC TopKick truck with Sullair SSD400 pipeline drier
We’ve got Red Grimsley’s name up there on the website and his phone number and email so you can contact him throughout the auction to come and inspect. If you’re going to come and be feet on the ground and put your hands on this equipment, you’re going to have to call ahead for appointments. It’s a lot of equipment to be moved here in the next three weeks and then with the two weeks after – trying to get it all processed and moved out of these yards. It’s just going to take some time. We’re going to have to have people with patience and we’ll have enough people here if we need to get things done properly. It’s in three different locations. You’ll have to give Red a call and he can get you in and get you loaded out and get things moving in a timely manner. The stuff out in Utah, you’ll have to contact that company to be able to help you get loaded up or whatever you need to do for transportation there. They’re very good people to work with.
And their contact information is also listed on the website with the items as well, right?
2004 Caterpillar 430D loader backhoe
Yes, every item we have on Purple Wave’s auctions has our contact information for getting ahold of somebody for inspections. We like to see people come and put their hands on the equipment and maybe operate it a little bit and just kind of see what they’re buying before they get too far in the process. Every item has a location and a number to get ahold of somebody so you could do that.
James, speak just a little more, if you would, about load-out and removal. If I’m a winning bidder, and I’ve made payment to Purple Wave as with all our auctions, and I call the number listed, what will I be expected to do? How much time will I have to remove the assets and how does the process work.
The default time on removal of assets on an auction is 14 days. Sometimes that can’t be done. Communication is always key. If you need 20 days, you have to communicate that. When you don’t communicate, people don’t want to get along and sometimes there’s charges involved and other details. If you’ll communicate with us and let us know what you need, we can pretty well accommodate some things up to a reasonable fashion. Just give Red a call after the auction. You’re going to have to have a paid invoice. No one leaves with any equipment until we know it’s paid for. Red will have an invoice that he gets in his email saying what’s paid and then you’ll be able to pick your stuff up, even if it’s the day of the sale and we have a paid invoice that’s been made out to a money wire.
Is there anything else you want to tell us about the auction, James?
Well, just that it’s an exciting auction. It’s nice to do a complete liquidation for a company that’s done a great business out here. They’ve kept really nice care of this equipment. I was here about three weeks ago and was amazed at what all started without needing jumped or any extra problems. A couple of things – the Freightliner is not able to start but it does turn over good and we’re going to try to have that fixed by sale day. A couple other little details, we’ve been working through them and getting everything to where we hope when people leave they’ll be a very happy customer and be willing to get back on Purple Wave and buy more equipment from us.
I’ve been speaking with James Beal, Purple Wave’s territory manager for Wyoming and parts of Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota. He’s been working on the Western Slope pipeline and construction auction and can be found on the web at purplewave.com/jamesbeal or called at 308.464.3344. Thanks again, James, for joining me.
Thanks, Aaron, have a great day.
Bidding for the Western Slope pipeline and construction auction is open now and will close Monday, December 19, beginning at 10 a.m. mountain. 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 with inspection information – and place your bids now – at purplewave.com.