Auction to clear out Bayliner equipment

July 10, 2009

A Eugene auction company has been hired to sell off equipment from the shuttered Bayliner Marine plant in Wilbur.

Pacific Industrial Auctions and Appraisals will conduct an auction of hundreds of items from the plant on June 18. The sale will take place beginning at 10 a.m. at the former factory at 133 Weyerhaeuser Dr., off Highway 99 north of Umpqua Community College.

Among the items listed for sale are 153 pneumatic drills, 118 pneumatic jigsaws, 42 sanders, 28 ladders, 28 industrial fans, 23 crane hoists with powered trolleys and 20 disc grinders.

There are also several forklifts, die grinders, paint and patch guns, pushcarts, banding machines and numerous brooms, mops and dustpans.

"There are some things that a lot of people could use and others that may appeal to a smaller number of people," said Jake Cheechov, owner of the auction company that used to be located in Sutherlin.

No Bayliner boats are being offered at the auction. Company boats that were left after the plant shut down in December, idling 175 workers, were sold to dealers or moved to other locations.

The auction will include, however, five new two-axle boat trailers and one new three-axle trailer.

The sale also features most of the parts for a metal building that when constructed would measure 53 feet by 133 feet. Bayliner planned to erect the structure behind one of its existing buildings but later shelved the project after the boat market soured.

The parts are packed in crates and include the roof and metal siding for three sides. Engineers drawings and other documentation are included.

"We've had several calls on that building," Cheechov said. "There seems to be interest in it."

Not all of the production equipment used by Bayliner employees to build boats has been placed in the auction. Some equipment was taken by Bayliner, a subsidiary of the Brunswick Corp., to other company factories, Cheechov said.

Bayliner opened its manufacturing plant in Wilbur in 1989. A year before it shut down, it employed 300 workers in what had been a cyclical pattern of boom-and-bust production based upon the economy.

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