The National Capital Region Sales Center recently enjoyed a significant increase in their twice-monthly Fixed Price Sales participation. Their most recent sale’s (January 24, 2013) net proceeds totaled $17,752, representing an 80% increase over their first quarter average.
Sales Contracting Officer Antone McCray, and Marketing Specialist Teresa Zuber, completed the sale of 2,396 gold fuel cell separator plates from the Space Shuttle on GSA Auctions for NASA’s White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, NM. Each of these plates contains approximately 17 grams of gold. A bid deposit of $320,000 was required for each bidder. The sale closed on December 18, 2012, as scheduled. Numerous phone calls and emails were received regarding this property. The high bid was for $1.8M - $200,000 above the $1.6M reserve price set by NASA.
Sales Contracting Officer, Giselle Romero, recently sold a total of 18 Allison/Rolls Royce helicopter engines for the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Office of Air and Marine, in El Paso, TX. At one time, CBP had a large fleet of helicopters that used these engines. However, they are now down to seven. CBP is keeping a few spare engines to support those seven aircraft, so the ones sold were excess to their needs. Except for four engines, all others met their reserve price, but those four engines were still awarded to the highest bidder. Selling prices ranged between $31,000 to $84,000, and total proceeds of this sale totaled $1,073,280.
AAFES Account Manager and Sales Contracting Officer Mark Maxwell met with Ms. Charlie Piskorowski and Mr. Andrew Vereen from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, TX, on December 12, 2012. Finding disposal solutions for this valued customer was the goal of the meeting. AAFES has scrap and salvage store fixtures that will be removed and will be reported to GSA to sell on GSA Auctions.
Given the budget challenges of today, GSA has seen fewer high dollar items reported for sales disposal. Recently, however, our Pacific Rim Personal Property Sales Office received a report of a very valuable Electrical Discharge Machine from UNICOR, the Federal Prison Industries, Inc. UNICOR is an agency that runs its own full service recycling program. We regularly directs federal agencies to forward electronics in scrap or salvage condition to UNICOR.
This time UNICOR came to us, recognizing GSA’s expertise in the disposal arena, and asking that we help them maximize the potential revenue from the sale of the reported Discharge Machine. Through the diligent marketing efforts and professional customer service from our World-Class Sales Contracting Officer, Janice Dang, we can proudly report that we delivered what UNICOR asked of us, making an award in GSA Auctions to the high bidder for $186,010!
UNICOR was extremely pleased with the services we provided, and we were equally proud to have assisted them with their disposal needs.
The Pacific Rim Sales Office is off to a great start in this new fiscal year, having had a number of successful sales for both new and existing customers at a time when the expectation for high dollar proceeds is very low. The office first thrilled its newest customer, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, by selling a 1997 Hydraulic Grove Crane on GSA Auctions for a whopping $505,100. Then, it sold four spools of Power Industrial Cable for the Department of Homeland Security for $132,000! This office consistently proves that GSA offers unparalleled World-Class disposal services using a World-Class workforce.