Caterpillar, Inc., Waco, Texas, USA
We can now provide an update on this news item from yesterday. The AFC-Holcroft UBQ furnaces have indeed already been purchased and removed from the auction. We understand they were bought by a used equipment dealer so they will be popping up on the used market in the near future we are sure.
“Back in February of 2018 Caterpillar announced that they would be closing their Work Tools facility in Waco, Texas-a facility which made buckets, couplers, and hammers. The plant did indeed close with production moved to a Caterpillar location in Wamego, Kansas or outsourced to external suppliers. The remaining equipment will be going to auction this week-March 28 to be exact. The plant had a substantial heat treat department which included several fairly new and quite large AFC-Holcroft UBQ furnaces which can be seen in the photos below. While the auction has obviously not been held yet we understand these furnaces have already been bought and removed from the auction. What does remain is a Williams carbottom and several other heat treat related items.”