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Hilco Awarded Contract to Sell Detroit’s Excess Vehicles

The company has been awarded the COD contract after a competitive bid process that was held over the last several months.

Wed September 24, 2014 - Midwest Edition
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Hilco Industrial has been awarded the contract to manage the sale of an extensive list of the city of Detroit’s (COD) surplus transportation, rolling stock and public utility maintenance vehicles. As one of the nation’s leading experts at buying and selling industrial machinery and equipment, including marketing thousands of vehicles for municipalities across the entire nation, the Farmington Hills based firm along with its Michigan based joint venture partner, Miedema Asset Management, have been awarded the COD contract after a competitive bid process that was held over the last several months. The COD awarded the final contract and signed by the governor on Sept. 2, 2014, pursuant to their official competitive bid process. The contract has a term of three years.

Robert Levy, managing partner of Hilco Industrial said, “We are thrilled to be officially awarded this contract by the city of Detroit. As a locally based firm with vast experience in marketing this particular asset class, we are in a unique position to help the COD market these excess transportation, utility and maintenance assets and get the maximum value for every vehicle we sell.”

In 2013, Hilco Industrial successfully sold more than 12,000 vehicles for Hostess during its bankruptcy and subsequent restructuring of that iconic brand. Levy indicated that Hilco Industrial has already begun to leverage its expertise and its global network of buyers and sellers as it prepares for a similarly successful outcome in the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy.

Levy said, “We live in this community and have built our business in the Metropolitan Detroit area so we are both financially and frankly, emotionally, invested in helping the COD maximize its recovery in every way.”

Scott Miedema, COO of Miedema Asset Management said; “With our combined 50-plus years of experience in marketing and selling industrial equipment including rolling stock, we were well positioned to meet our objectives and maximize the value of the list of idle and excess transportation vehicles the city is no longer utilizing. The fact that together Hilco Industrial and Miedema have such a strong track record of success in both the private and public sector assures our success on behalf of Detroit.”

The list of transportation assets being offered come from three primary COD departments: The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT), which includes transit buses and fabrication shop assets; The Public Lighting Department (PLD) which includes utility maintenance equipment, including bucket trucks, digger derricks and cable vans and inventory, that are associated with utility repairs; and The Department of Public Works (DPW), which includes waste trucks, log loaders and additional rolling stock.

Other departments with excess vehicles that will be sold include: The Detroit Fire Department (DFD), including aged fire trucks and The Detroit Police Department (DPD), which includes aged police cars.

Levy indicated that Hilco Industrial will have all assets marshaled to Herman Kiefer Hospital site for the purpose of inspection and previewing the sale. The Herman Kiefer Health Complex is located at 1151 Taylor St., Detroit, Mich. 48202

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