Bankruptcy Filings Drop Another 24 Percent in 2013


June 3, 2014 - We reported last year that throughout the 2012 fiscal year bankruptcy filings had dropped 22 percent from the previous year. According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. commercial bankruptcy cases filed in the 2013 fiscal year have dropped an additional 24 percent. Commercial bankruptcy filings are down to their lowest since before the financial crisis.


Blackbird Performs Appraisals?

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April 29, 2014 - We know that Blackbird specializes in the liquidation of machinery and equipment but did you know that we also perform appraisals? Blackbird conducts appraisals in conformance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and within the guidelines established by the Association of Machinery and Equipment Appraisers (AMEA) and/or the American Society of Appraisers (ASA).


One Man's Trash...

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April 22, 2014 - While routinely browsing through Construction and Equipment news I came across an article that jumped out at me ( Wayne Grayson from Equipment World reported on a group of construction workers in Brooklyn, NY who came together and opened their own coffee shop called Kava Shteeble (Yiddish for coffee house).


New Aluminum Body for the Ford F-150

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April 8, 2014 - Blackbird Asset Services deals with a wide range of industries with our appraisals and auctions. In the past we have worked with heavy equipment, manufacturing, transportation fleets… but a common trend is the appraisal and auctioning of pickup trucks. It has been said that pickup trucks are the workhorses of the U.S. economy (


Construction Themed Amusement Park

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March 25, 2014 - I recently stumbled upon an article reporting on the upcoming construction themed amusement park that will be built in New Jersey ( This caught my attention because aside from being the most awesome team member here at Blackbird Asset Services I am also a mother of an 18 month old little boy who finds nothing more fascinating than driving by a piece of heavy equipment on the highway.It seems that this new amusement park called Diggerland Adventure Park is actually coming to New Jersey from the UK. There are four locations already and from the photos on their website it looks pretty fun.


The Difference Between Advertising and Marketing

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March 17, 2014 - While writing a marketing report I began wondering if there was a difference between advertising and marketing. Are they the same? To the surprise of many they are in fact very different.


Why Should I Sell At Auction?

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March 11, 2014 - There are various ways to sell your assets, so what makes an auction the best alternative? While this blog will focus on real estate auctions, the concepts discussed here apply equally to equipment auctions.


Unmanned Drones At Auctions?

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March 3, 2014 - The online store, Amazon really stirred things up in the month of December when its CEO announced that they were working on an ongoing project to distribute items via little “octocopters” called drones.


First Ever Forklift Rodeo

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February 11, 2014 -  At their convention on December 3rd - 5th Wisconsin Lift Truck co-hosted the first ever Midwest Processors Association forklift rodeo. This was a skills competition conducted on industrial fork trucks.


How Manufacturing Growth Impacts the Auction Industry

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January 14, 2014 - An industry report showed that U.S. manufacturing ended the year 2013 on a high note. The broad measure of U.S. industrial output grew in December at its fastest pace in 11 months. The rate of job growth continued to be negative despite the growth in GDP as the long term unemployed exited the job market (and also exit this statistic- which skews things- making the “measured” unemployment rate lower than it actually could be reported).