New K-Tec scraper goes straight from factory to auction
By Jenny LescohierMay 17, 2022
A new K-Tec pull-pan, ejector scraper went straight from the factory to auction this week, with 100% of the proceeds dedicated to building a Habitat for Humanity home for a low-income working family of eight.
“Habitat for Humanity is an organization that can make a real, tangible impact in the communities that we work in and that we live in,” said Shane Kroeker, director of strategic initiatives at K-Tec.
“We knew we wanted to do something unique and special with them, something that we could put our name behind and be proud of in our community. Our business is manufacturing purpose-built earthmoving equipment, but the purpose for building this special scraper is to turn it into a home,” Kroeker said.
The plan is to raise enough funds by selling the scraper at auction for Habitat for Humanity to be able to build an 1,100-square-foot, five-bedroom bungalow with a double attached garage in Rosenort, Manitoba in Canada.
The future homeowners will soon be able to purchase this home for their family of eight. They currently rent a two-bedroom, 600-square-foot apartment in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba. The parents have children ranging in age from two years to 19. The two youngest children currently sleep in the parents’ bedroom, the boys sleep in the living room on fold-out beds and the two oldest girls are in bunkbeds in the second bedroom.
Michelle Pereira, COO for Habitat Manitoba, says that “when the selected family first received the call from Habitat that they had been approved for partnership in the homeownership program, Magda, the mother, was speechless, she simply couldn’t believe it. Each time she has a conversation about the
opportunity, it sinks in a little bit more.
“They have been wanting to live outside the city of Winnipeg to raise their family in a quiet community. They visited Rosenort and are very excited to become a part of the community. The children are looking forward to having their own rooms and having sleepovers with their friends.”
She added, “We are so grateful to the K-Tec Team for their partnership to make this dream come true. The way that everyone has joined in to participate on this project is inspiring and humbling.”
The Habitat-branded K-Tec 1228 scraper being auctioned off has a 28-cubic-yard heaped capacity (18.5 cu.yd. struck capacity). This earthmoving scraper has a 12-foot width of cut and is equipped with four 23.5R25 tires and a GPS mast.
A three-year structural warranty and six-month parts & service warranty are included in the auction purchase price.
K-Tec said the 1228 is a fast-loading, lightweight earthmover, making it one of its most popular models. The solid-welded, rigid-frame 1228 scraper is designed for all conditions, including proficiency in low ground pressure or sandy soil.
To set this scraper apart from the rest of the equipment fleet, a custom one-of-a-kind special decal kit promoting Habitat For Humanity has been applied to each side of the scraper. The rear tail as been autographed by K-Tec employees, Habitat for Humanity staff, as well as the partner family.
K-Tec recognizes the following sponsors for their donations of materials for the manufacturing of this one-of-a-kind scraper: Hardox, Michelin, OTR Wheel, Black Cat Wear Parts, JEM Technical, Motion Canada, Brunswick Steel, Polymer Shapes, Castle Metals, Fastenal, Polygon Composites, Inproheat, Tri Koating, BLC Mfg, Points West, Innovair, & McNelius Steel.