About eighty people showed up for an auction at the old Campbell's Soup plant in South Sacramento this morning.
Auctioneer Don Tyson called out the lot numbers and starting bids, "Fourteen. I have now 13 now, bid of 14. 14. Now 15?"
About 4,000 items formerly used to make soup, juice and spaghetti sauce were up for bid.
Hackman Capital Partners owns the site now. The company's Nate Ellis says there is between $6 million and $8 million worth of machinery and tools up for bid.
"Those are diaphragm pumps. On the other side, those are flow-meters. So as you're pumping soup or whatever it is that you're processing through it makes it so you don't build too much pressure in the line and pop it, pneumatic valves, mechanical valves, there's different Waukesha pumps. So you either moved everything in here by conveyor or you moved it by hydraulic pumps."
Campbell's left behind all sizes of machinery when it moved out last year: small pumps, 20-foot tall vats and five-story-high cookers.
Dominic Piazza works for the San Francisco company, Machinery and Equipment Company that specializes in buying and selling used equipment. He's looking for bargains.
"There's dicers in there and kettles and tanks and obstructors and things of that nature."
Campbell's closed the plant last year. It opened in 1946.
At a UC Davis food lab home cooks learn "Do-It-Yourself" preservation skills using the bounty of local tomatoes.
The city of Stockton will be included in a national study that will examine the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
Rotating fire station closures known as "brownouts" in the City of Sacramento have come to an end.
Sacramento has conserved a lot of water, but it's hundreds-of-millions of gallons short of the 20 percent ordered by the Sacramento City Council. We spent a couple of days with Sacramento water cops to see what they're doing to help people conserve.
If you're a backyard gardener and live in Elk Grove, there's a new way to make sure all your extra oranges, zucchini and summer squash doesn't go to waste.
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