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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from American Surplus



American Surplus would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. As we reflect on the past year we give special thanks to all of our friends, family, co-workers, vendors & customers and look forward to continuing to do great things in 2017. We have made it through the year with all the ups and downs and have come together to be a stronger, better team. American Surplus strives to provide quality products & excellent service to every customer and potential customer. With our 25th year in business anniversary party to kick off the year, 2017 has a lot to promise and we look forward to continue to grow and learn. Thank you, and we wish everyone a very happy, and safe New Year.




Huge Tax Savings Opportunity Before the End of the Year



Small businesses around the country are taking advantage of the Section 179 program this year. The deduction is good on new and used equipment, for the 2016 year. The equipment must be bought and put into service by the end of the day 12/31/2016. The deduction limit has increased to $500,000 with a spending cap of $2,000,000 on equipment purchases.


Here is an example of the 2016 Section 179 Calculation




Now most people thing that this is a complicated tax code, but it really isn’t. The deduction allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment during the tax year. That means if you buy or lease a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from you net income.



Overall this is an incentive created by the government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves.



All businesses that purchase, finance, and/or lease less than $2,000,000 in new or used business equipment during tax year 2016 should qualify for the Section 179 Deduction.



For a complete explanation check out this link:





Happy Thanksgiving from American Surplus





We’d like to wish all our friends, family & customers a very happy thanksgiving. American Surplus is a family business and we value family above all else. We strive to treat our customers & friends like family and work together to solve problems & provide solutions for businesses across the globe.


This year has been a great year for American Surplus and we thank all our employees for their hard work and dedication. The used material handling business is not always easy and we all work hard to make sure everything works out for our customers. Our sales team & production staff work together to provide warehouse solutions every day and help business get their feet on the ground, as well as help those already in business continue to grow and prosper.


As we near the end of 2016, a lot of things are happening around American Surplus. We have our Pizza Luncheon this week in honor of Thanksgiving. With all the cooking to be done on Wednesday & Thursday, what better way to relax than kick your feet up and order some delicious pizza & calzones to share with our friends. Next week, another employee outing at the Providence Bruins game will be taking place as they host the Binghamton Senators @ The Dunk. Following the New Year, we have a huge event going on, which will be celebrating American Surplus’ 25th Anniversary. We could not be more proud of this milestone and again, led by Bill & Claire DiMaio, we have all our employees to thank in accomplishing 25 years of success. We will also be celebrating Bill DiMaio Sr.’s 80th Birthday & honoring his retirement. He is one of the most hardworking people in this country, and will continue to aid American Surplus and guide the company to continued success in the future.


“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson





New Warehouse Liquidation November 2016


Another Liquidation is underway with American Surplus. Located in New England, a liquor distribution center is growing so they needed to move to a larger facility, and American Surplus is here to help. This acquisition features three major products, pallet rack, conveyor, and mezzanines. In addition there are various miscellaneous products available as well. We have acquired floor scrubbers, case erectors, industrial fans, industrial hoppers, anti-fatigue mats, wire security cage, pallet scales, and more!


The Pallet Rack portion of this buy features a large stock of Interlake & Ridg-U-Rak Pallet Rack. The rack is in great condition, teardrop style, and came with Wire Decking. Some of the racking system even had wire cage back stops, a great safety feature in any warehouse.


Used Pallet Rack




This prevents pallets & materials from falling off the back side of the rack. A great insurance for your product & inventory, and even more importantly for any employees on the other side of the pallet rack. Another alternative to this safety feature would be pallet rack netting.


This liquidation also featured several other types of rack, including pallet flow rack, carton flow rack, and span track. These styles are great for inventory picking operations, coupled with conveyor systems.


Used Conveyor





The conveyor in this job was extensive, spanning across the entire building. The conveyor was incorporated into the pallet rack systems, utilized an incline to travel through the warehouse, traveled on, over & under mezzanines, and ended with a telescoping conveyor system at the end to load their inventory onto the trucks for shipping. With no time to spare, this conveyor system made the order processing very efficient.


The mezzanines held a lot of the conveyor system, and featured some inventory storage & packing operations underneath the system. Mezzanines are a great space enhancing product for your warehouse, no matter how or where you utilize them.


If you have any questions at all about this material or would like to make your warehouse more efficient, give our knowledgeable sales team a call today!




Speed Up Your Shipping Department with A Stretch Wrapper

Used Stretch Wrapper

Used Stretch Wrapper


Stretch Wrappers, also known as pallet wrappers, are commonly used in warehouses across the globe to make packing orders for shipping much more efficient. Using a low density polyethylene stretch film, these machines wrap boxes and pallets very quickly. This film can stretch up to 500% of its length before breaking. The stretch properties of the film allow material to be bound tight & secure for long, grueling hauls to your customer.


The advantages and functions of using a stretch wrapper are numerous. In warehouses and industrial settings, these machines are essential to any shipping or packaging operation. Improved stability of products and packages provides confidence to your team that the material will reach the end user intact and unharmed. In addition, the handling of the load comes much easier for the material handlers on both ends, as picking up a skid that has been stretch wrapped is a breeze compared to inadequate packaging. Now unfortunately, there are also bad people in this world, thieves, who would seize any opportunity to make a couple dollars. Having a stretch wrapped load makes it difficult for anyone to access the material inside. Finally, the wrapped material is protected from dust and debris, helping to ensure a clean, beautiful product arrives at the other end.


There are three different types of stretch wrappers, manual, semi-auto, and automatic. There are variations of each but I will quickly discuss each in general.


Manual stretch wrappers, being the least efficient, rely on an employee or employees to use one of several techniques to manual wrap the order with a roll of the polyethylene film. Obviously this is going to leave some room for error as the task is tedious and you have a to get a strong, consistent stretch the whole time to make the load secure. While it can be done with the right technique, manual stretch wrapping should be considered for small boxes, or odd shaped orders that the machine cannot handle.


Semi-Automatic Stretch Wrappers come in three styles, turntable, orbital, and rotary arm. Turntable units spin the load on the platform of the machine while a roll of film is released on a fixed mast, moving up and down as the load spins. All of these styles are working on the same principle, the load is rotated faster than the film is fed, stretching the film as it turns. Orbital wrappers feature a vertical rotating ring to apply the film horizontally through the ring.  The last style, rotary arm, the material is stationary while a rotating arm circles the pallet, wrapping it with film.


Automatic Stretch Wrappers, are your best option, and also obviously the most expensive. However, they are worth the investment. These units, similar to semi-auto, but feature technology to load the machine, apply, seal, and cut the film. These stretch wrappers come in turntable and rotary arm styles similar to semi-auto units described above. The style unique to automatics is the rotary ring wrapper. The film is on a horizontal ring which moves vertically relative to the material being wrapped as the load stays in place. Automatic being the best option, allows the employee/operator to sit back and observe a perfect wrap with confidence.


Deciding on which unit to invest in, depends heavily on how much volume your shipping department needs to handle. These units are an investment, and will pay for themselves over and over throughout their life cycle. You will want to speak with one of our knowledgeable salesman before making a purchase to determine the perfect unit for your teams’ needs. American Surplus can help determine the model best suited for you and your material handling team.