Court Approves $2.9 Million Sale of Benada's Extrusion Equipment to Tubelite
October 2, 2012

by Penny Stacey,

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida has approved a motion by Benada Aluminum Products LLC to sell certain portions of its extrusion equipment and related assets to Tubelite Inc. for a purchase price of $2.9 million. The motion was made last month as part of Benada's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.

Tubelite had emerged as the successful bidder after Benada issued a notification of intent to sell the equipment in August, and 12 potential purchasers expressed interest. Among the others who bid on the company were RL Best, Pries Enterprises, RKM Engineering and Spectra Aluminum, with initial bids ranging between $1 million and $2.5 million. After several rounds of bidding, Tubelite prevailed "as the successful bidder to acquire the property"-coming in just above RL Best's final bid of $2.8 million.

According to Benada's original motion, company officials " determined that the sale of the property would be beneficial to the estate … [and] that the purchase price is fair and reasonable." Creditor Wells Fargo will receive 80 percent of the sale proceeds, while the remaining 20 percent will be used by Benada "to continue to fund its operations."

The sale includes the company's RL Best 2750/3000-Ton Hydraulic Press; an RL Best handling system; a Granco Clark log heating furnace; a Granco Clark hot log cutoff saw; a log saw to press billet transveyor; a die oven; a Belco Reversing End Flow age oven with triple-lane powered conveyors; any and all manuals related to operation, use and maintenance of the extrusion line assets; and any and all unexpired manufacturer's warranties with respect to the extrusion line assets. According to documentation filed in the case, the machinery was part of Florida Extruders International's 3000 Ton Press Equipment, which Benada acquired in June 2011.

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