As it readies to shut down its operations in Wichita, Boeing will sell thousands of items through a surplus assets auction on July 22.
The auction will be handled by McCurdy Auction at Boeing’s facilities at 3600 S. Oliver at Gate 6. It will begin at 10 a.m.
According to information from McCurdy, the auction will include thousands of shop and general consumables, miscellaneous shop equipment, hundreds of power tools, hoists, shop tools, tool cabinets, large portable storage buildings, plumbing and air conditioning tools, wire carts, work benches, storage cabinets, drilling and fabrication machines, large air circulation fans, test equipment, work lights, extension cords, hand tools, hydraulic power supplies, raw materials, shop and office storage cabinets, cafeteria dining benches and tables, janitorial equipment, shop supplies and other items.
In January 2012, Boeing announced it was closing its Wichita facilities and moving engineering work and program management to Oklahoma City, maintenance work to San Antonio, and tanker work to the Puget Sound area in Washington.
It has put the sprawling local site up for sale.
Megan McCurdy Niedens, an auctioneer with McCurdy Auction, said she is expecting a good crowd for the sale.
It will draw a lot of interest from former employees and others because of Boeing’s long history in Wichita, she said.
There are a wide variety of items up for sale.
“There’s probably something in there for anyone,” Niedens said.
Boeing wanted to host the auction in Wichita because of all the support the community has given it, she said. And Boeing has supported the community as well.
“They really wanted (the items) to be owned in Wichita,” she said.
The final Air Force jet to receive maintenance at Boeing Wichita, an E-4B, flew out of Wichita in June.
A small crew has been working to finalize the move of the equipment, close out programs and tie up loose ends as the site closes.
Once that’s finished by the end of July, Boeing will keep fewer than a dozen workers on site to maintain the massive facilities until the Boeing property is sold.
A photo gallery with more than 270 photos of items for sale in the auction is on the McCurdy website at www.mccurdyauction.com/listing.php?id=99887&action=personal.
Auction attendees should follow signs to Gate 6 to find the sale.