NORTHBROOK, Ill., Jan. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The largest auction of fastener manufacturing equipment in 30 years is scheduled for February 14-16 in Rockford, IL. The sale was announced by PPL Group (“PPL”), which is conducting the auction jointly with Capital Recovery Group (“CRG”) and Rabin Worldwide (“Rabin”).

Founded in 1929, Rockford Products became one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fasteners and cold form components, including large diameter fasteners used on earth moving and construction equipment.  The 500,000 square foot plant at one time employed 650 people.  In 2007, private equity firm BlackEagle Partners LLC bought the company for $23.2 million in a bankruptcy auction.

Former CEO Dave Richeson said “a significant part” of Rockford Products’ business was with heavy off-road equipment manufacturers. Soft sales in that sector led to a loan default that forced the company to seek a change in ownership or liquidation. After its restructuring efforts were unsuccessful, it closed down in September 2016. 

The auction will be held over three days: the first two will be live and online and the third day will be online only. 

“This is a unique opportunity to a purchase an unprecedented amount of hard-to-find heading and threading equipment – especially large diameter.  There will also be CNC machines, heat-treating equipment, cold formers, milling and turning machines, raw materials, and general plant equipment,” said David Muslin, PPL’s president and CEO.  Bidders can register and find a detailed catalog of equipment at  

“This is one of the largest auctions of heading manufacturing equipment in decades,” said Muslin.  “We’re looking forward to a successful auction for Rockford Products. Conducting the auction live and online simultaneously is an incredibly effective way to match serious buyers with valuable assets.”

The facility at 707 Harrison Street in Rockford, will be open 9 am – 4 pm for inspection and viewing on February 9, 10 and 13 with the auction scheduled for February 14 -16 at 10 am.

PPL, CRG, and Rabin have been retained by the Assignee.  The auction is By Order of Howard B. Samuels, not individually, but Solely as the Assignee for the Benefit of Creditors of Rockford Products, LLC. 

About PPL

PPL Group is a leading private equity firm that uses its capital to help businesses in transition.  PPL provides asset management solutions for companies large and small, and works with small and middle-market businesses during change, turnaround, restructuring, and bankruptcy situations across a broad range of industries.  (

About CRG

CRG is an international firm which creates liquidity through innovative solutions. It specializes in complex industrial facilities with idle or marginally productive assets and works with strategic partners to either revitalize the assets and/or liquidate the surplus. (

About Rabin Worldwide

Rabin Worldwide provides comprehensive financial solutions for businesses in transition, from Fortune 500 companies and private industry, to financial institutions, receivers, trustees and courts. Its ability to evaluate, market, and sell surplus business assets has inspired the confidence of clients and customers for over 50 years. (

Contact:  Tom Nicholson, 212-203-2803
or David Muslin, 224-927-5301


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Largest Auction of Fastener Manufacturing Equipment in 30 Years Scheduled for February 14 - 16 in Rockford, Illinois



A Leading Manufacturer of Large Diameter Cold Formed Components
(6) National Cold Formers: 1-1/2” to 3/4” Dia., Models 1500 (5 die), 1000 (6 die), 750 (5 & 6 die)
(13) National Boltmakers:
1” to 3/8” Diameter, 4 Die, Long Stroke, High Speed Models 1012, 10L4, 8L4, 6L4
High Speed Model S2, 4 Die, 1/2” to 3/8” • Standard Stroke, 4 Die, 3/4” to 5/8”
(1) Nedschroef BV6 Boltmaker: 4 Die, 1” x 9”
(5) National Progressive Headers:
4 Die, 1” to 5/8” Dia., Long Stroke Model 1000 • Standard Stroke Model 1000, 3/4” to 5/8”
(1) National Cold Header: Model 56, 2 Die, 3 Blow
(30) Threaders: Waterbury Farrel, Incline & Hand Feed Models 60, 40, 30, 20, 10
Hartford Models 60-100, 30-180 • Reed Models A22, A22 HD • Also Kinefac & Pee Wee
(11) Fastener Engineers Uncoilers: Models PF 4000, PF 1500, PF 1000
(13) RMG Pre-Feeders & Wire Drawers: Models 2124, 2024, 1216, 89
(12) Induction Heaters:
Bone Frontier, Radyne, Tocco, Weldotron, Induction Process Equipment & Industrial Heating
(11) Heat Treat Furnace Lines & Furnaces:
Surface Combustion, Industrial Heating, Standard Fuel Engineering & L&N
Mazak CNC Milling & Turning Center Model Integrex 400Y
(17) CNC Turning Centers:Mazak, Miyano, Murata, Fuji & Takamatsu
(7) Haas CNC Vertical Machining Centers • (3) Koyo & Cincinnati Centerless Grinders
(200) Lots Toolroom Equipment including EDMs • (3) Tumblasts: Wheelabrator & Jet
Vibratory Deburring Equipment • Cleaning & Phosphate Lines • Tooling
Large Assortment Inspection Equipment • Huge Assortment Plant Support Equipment

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