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WWII Air Base Takes on a New Life

Tom Burton- April 01, 2015

It takes a sense of creativity and imagination to repurpose old, or seemingly unusable items, and transform them into something new and innovative. That’s why when something jumps out at us as inventive and exceptionally repurposed we like to take note. In our business, we are constantly updating and changing items into their new and better forms, whether it be salvage items or business surplus.

A recent article in Green Building Elements featured an old WWII air base turned into a sustainable farm and home located in Essex, England. After purchasing the base as military surplus, a family was able to repurpose former barracks into a family room while also taking advantage of panoramic views of the entire property from an age-old tower. Through this initiative, the family was able to keep an important part of history while also updating it into an eco-friendly living space to meet their family needs.

Stories like these excite our team at Liquidity Services.  Through similar initiatives involving repurposing “unusable” items, we have also been able to sell interesting items via auction on our GovLiquidation.com marketplace to our over 2.6 million buyers. This includes a century-old piano at Minot Air Force Base, 200 tons of military metal at Camp Pendleton, and 160 million pounds of gravel in Alaska, each extending the life of military surplus. There is also a clear sustainability benefit; through our programs, Liquidity Services has deferred more than 2 billion pounds of scrap material from landfills, as part of the largest zero waste initiative in federal government history.

We see possibility and opportunity in surplus. Repurposing military surplus into useful buildings, art, or items that fuel a small business are a regular occurrence amongst our buyers and just one way of reimagining the reverse supply chain. For more information on how you can reuse your surplus, contact us.

Tom Burton, Executive Vice President and President, Capital Assets Group

Thomas B. Burton serves as Executive Vice President, Federal Sector for Liquidity Services. In this role, Tom manages the Company’s account relationship with the Department of Defense (DoD). He also provides leadership for selected new business opportunities in the Federal sector. Tom has been a member of Liquidity Services’ senior management team since 2001 dating to the inception of the Company’s DoD relationship. Tom holds a B.S. from Cameron University and is a member of the National Auctioneers Association and the Certified Appraisers Guild of America.