Before the old Campbell’s Soup facility on Franklin Boulevard in Sacramento can become the Capital Commerce Center, everything must go.
“The auction is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,” said Auction Supervisor Rick Hope.
“It’s kind of sad to see the history leave. But the nice part is it’s going to other plants, putting people back to work.”
Up for auction are 2,600 lots of equipment. They are available for the public to view until Monday, February 24.
“I did very well here. It only took me a month to find my way,” said Hope. The former soup facility spans more than a million square feet.
“We’re like a big family. It’s heartbreaking to see everybody going their separate ways,” said Robert Monteiro.
The 55-year-old mixed dry ingredients for Sacramento’s favorite soups for 30 years. He was laid off in February of 2013, along with 700 other workers.
“One co-worker came in. He was telling me, ‘yeah, that was my favorite forklift, number 7’. And I said, ‘well that’s gonna be auctioned off’, and he said, ‘well I hope it goes to a god home’.”
“Well I guess that means I have to put the lot number for number seven on the top of my list,” said George Larson.
Larson’s son is starting a business called Z Board, which manufactures electric skateboards. He is shopping for a forklift to move stock around in his warehouse.
“I think it becomes an extension of your body when you work with it, the equipment. Nothing is better than a personal referral for a piece of old equipment like this,” said Larson.
Monteiro has had a rough time adjusting to life after Campbell’s.
“I’m 55. A lot of companies want younger men. You know, this was my life here. This was all I knew, is Campbell’s Soup.
The public auction runs February 25th-27th at 10 a.m. at 6200 Franklin Boulevard.
Take part in the auction without having to physically go to the facility by heading to this website: http://auctionhq.com/event/campbell-soup/