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Hawker's surplus machinery up for auction

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 12:07 a.m.

Milling machines, drills, grinders, punch presses and other equipment belonging to Hawker Beechcraft went up for sale in an online auction Monday.

The items are part of Hawker Beechcraft's surplus machinery as it closes Plants I and II in Wichita and its Salina plant.

Sixty items were included in the lot of assets for sale. Additional equipment will be added as consolidation continues.

"We anticipate getting many, many more items," said corporate marketing manager David Craig of Union, Mo.-based Stuart B. Millner and Associates, which is conducting the sale.

The asset management company plans to hold a regular Friday morning auction to sell equipment from Hawker Beechcraft and from other sources, Craig said.

That will start April 29.

Monday's traffic on the website for the auction was good, Craig said.

Still, "in this business, you always want to have more people participating in an auction," he said. "I'm sure the people at Sotheby's feel the same way."

In December, Hawker Beechcraft announced it would close Plants I and II in Wichita by August and move King Air-related back shop operations from Plant IV. The work will move to Mexico and to outside suppliers. The company also is closing its Salina plant.

Hawker Beechcraft is making the decisions of what equipment will move, remain in Wichita and be sold, Craig said.

It's not been decided whether there will be an on-site auction at some point, he said.

"We're keeping all of our options open," Craig said.

Items for sale are available for inspection in Wichita by interested parties, he said.

The company has set up a Hawker Beechcraft asset hotline at 316-676-2039.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com.

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