Open inspections for this auction will be held December 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and December 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Aaron Traffas: Hello and welcome to Purple Wave’s Auction Podcast. My name is Aaron Traffas. We’re conducting a retirement auction for Winona Excavating Company in Winona, Minn., that will close on December 20. I have on the line Dave Griffin and Mike Andring, co-owners of Winona Excavating. Good morning, gentlemen, and thanks for joining me.
Dave Griffin: Good morning.
Mike Andring: Good morning.
AT: Let’s say I’m a prospective bidder from outside the area who is unfamiliar with Winona Excavating. Tell me about your company. How long have you been in business?
MA: We’ve been in business since October 23, 1986. It was previously owned by Henry Scharmer, which he started – Dave, do you know what year?
DG: Well, it started in 1965. This is Dave and I’ve worked at the company since 1968.
What led you guys to want to be in the excavating business?
DG: I just got out of school and I needed a job and I got in here and it went from there. I started out as a laborer, went to truck driver, operator, estimator and then the owner.
Under your tenure, since 1986, what geographic areas and what types of clients have you served in the business?
DG: Pretty much municipalities – we could kind of stay within a 60 mile radius of Winona. We’ve worked for just about every municipality there is in that area.
I’m looking at over 220 pieces of equipment listed in this auction at purplewave.com. I see loaders, excavators, dozers, haul trucks, packers and rollers – just a good selection of construction equipment. What kind of comments would you make regarding the condition of these assets – have they been well maintained?
MA: Yes, we have records for – all the maintenance records on all of them. We had a good mechanic who kept close records. They can see the records; they can review them. He was pretty prompt on service work.
2005 Caterpillar D6N LGP dozer
Great. What would you say are some of the marquee assets in the auction? What are some of the highlight pieces?
MA: Probably the excavators and the dozers.
Tell me about the auction location. Where everything is located?
MA: At our shop, 5775 W 6th Street in Winona.
Because of the volume and the interest the auction, we’ve scheduled a couple of open inspection times. Those dates are Saturday, December 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday, December 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone can stop by during those times to take a look. In the event that these days don’t work for some of our prospective bidders, what would somebody need to do to come and take a look at one of these pieces outside those inspection times?
MA: Just call the office and we can set up an appointment with them. If it’s during the week, there will be somebody here, but if it’s on the weekend then we have to set up an appointment.
Tell me about removal and pick up. After the auction, once payment has been made to Purple Wave, what does someone need to do to come get his purchases? Is there any kind of loading assistance? How does that process work?
MA: We’ll, we’ll have a cell phone number they can call and get us any time, even on weekends after the auction. With the help of loading and everything else – anything that’s on pallets, we’ll load. They don’t have to worry about forklifts. We’ll have a lift here.
2007 Komatsu PC270LC-8 excavator
What kind of time window are you wanting to have everything removed by?
DG: We’re going into the winter, so we’ll make it so they can pick up their merchandise.
MA: We have no set deadline or date because in December, or something like that, it might be awful cold. When weather turns cold – 20 or 30 below zero, if that should happen – you ain’t going to start the machines very easy.
It sounds like you guys are going to be very accommodating.
You’ve been in business for a very long time. This event is billed as a retirement auction. Is this something you’ve been thinking about for a while now or is it a recent decision? What made you decide to sell?
MA: Well, we’ve talked about it for years and then all of a sudden we just decided to do it. We’ve talked about getting out for a few years back and all of a sudden we put a deadline that this was the year.
It’s a big decision to sell this much iron, and I’m guessing the selection of an auction firm was an equally big decision. I’m sure you looked at several options. Why, in the end, did you elect to use Purple Wave?
MA: Because they were very professional people and they got back to us right away. They have some really nice guys to work with.
DG: Excellent people.
Caterpillar 950F wheel loader
Now that you are retiring from the excavating business, what are guys going to be looking at doing after the auction? How are you going to spend your time now?
DG: Haven’t even thought about it too much, yet – take a break for about a year and then think about it.
What else would you like to tell anyone about this auction?
DG: If you have any underground contractors out there, we have a good selection of backup equipment, spare parts…
MA: Plumbing parts.
I’ve been speaking with Dave Griffin and Mike Andring, co-owners of Winona Excavating. Thank you very much, gentlemen, for joining me this morning.
MA: Thank you.
DG: Thank you.
Learn more about the Winona Excavating auction and view the inventory listing at purplewave.com. If you have questions about the assets listed, or you’re interested in taking a look at any of the equipment before placing a bid, contact Tim Rockwell at 507.450.1204 or John Hengel, Purple Wave’s territory manager who has been working on this event, at 952.220.9068. You can also stop by one of the two open inspection periods on December 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or December 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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.