OMAHA, NEB. (July 20, 3:35 p.m. ET) — The auctioneer's gavel marks the final days of Connectivity Solutions Manufacturing, as GoIndustry DoveBid conducts an auction July 19, 20 and 22 to sell everything — including 51 injection molding machines — at the sprawling former Western Electric factory in Omaha.
The plant's final owner, CommScope Inc. of Hickory, N.C., announced last year it was closing the plant, eliminating about 400 jobs. CommScope had made broadband cable at the factory.
According to a story in the Omaha World-Herald, at its peak, the plant employed more than 7,000 people. Western Electric opened the factory in 1958 to make telephone communications equipment and broadband cable.
According to GoIndustry DoveBid, the 1.5-million-square-foot complex made electronic panels, plastic connectors and cable systems.
GoIndustry DoveBid is auctioning off everything at the 1.5 million-square-foot complex, including 61 injection molding machines and many machine tools and other types of equipment. According to the firm's website, most of the injection presses for sale are Milacrons, ranging in clamping force from 30-500 tons, plus one 50-ton Sumitomo.
The injection presses and robots were scheduled to be auctioned off the first day. The auction's second day included auxiliary equipment, such as grinders, chillers and dryers.