Once I made the decision [to sell], I knew there was only one phone call I needed to make, and I called Ritchie Bros. They have a worldwide footprint, and I knew they could market our equipment better than anyone. They did a great job of handling this sale and I could easily recommend them to anyone.Dan McGlade, Energy Transportation (Casper, WY)
More than 2,290 items, including close to 40 cranes and a large selection of heavy-spec trucks and trailers, were sold as part of a complete dispersal for Energy Transportation headquartered in Casper, WY. The record-breaking auction resulted in US$54 million of equipment sold in one day, the largest single-owner auction in Ritchie Bros. history.
[The truck sold] well beyond what we hoped for and because of that, we can make some big plans for our operations in the year ahead. And for our community!Monty Laskin is the Chief Executive Officer of Caledon Community Services (Toronto, Canada)
We've always been proud to support the organization's fundraising efforts—and received this letter of thanks after we sold their truck.
Can the buyer decide the equipment price? I must go to the next unreserved auction held by Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers!
The "Three Brothers" discovered Ritchie Bros. unreserved auctions almost by accident—and were excited to find a fair way to buy used equipment.
A Ritchie Bros. auction is just a really simple, efficient way to clean up a long list of gear you don't need.
At the end of a big project, Australia's Alex Fraser Group faced a situation that's familiar to many in the construction industry: a long list of surplus equipment.
We've tried it all, but we feel that Ritchie Bros. really gives us the most for our money.
As an Equipment Manager with twenty years of experience, Tom Mastera has used a lot of different methods to sell equipment.
When you are buying or selling, why not go to the best?
When Les Wyles retired for the 3rd—and he says final—time, he needed to liquidate a huge selection of crushers, loaders, rock trucks and other equipment.
I have no worries selling with Ritchie Bros. whatsoever and I would do it again in a heartbeat
John & Pat Duivenvoorden have been running JPD Farms in Canada for more than 40 years. When it came time to retire they chose to sell their equipment with Ritchie Bros. because their auctions are easy and pain free.
Before Ritchie Bros. introduced detailed equipment information I would hire a mechanic to go and inspect the equipment for me. But now all the information is right there online—it's very helpful.
In business for more than 45 years, the Bullin family have been buying and selling at Ritchie Bros. auctions for almost as long. They have seen some great innovations at Ritchie Bros. over the years—but they appreciate that the values of the company have remained consistent.
Auction fills your entire body with adrenaline
When Mario Humberto Patiño Manrique attended his first Ritchie Bros. auction in Phoenix, Arizona in 1999, he didn't know what to expect. He found not only the equipment he was looking for but a very special friendship as well.
I had a lot of confidence in the process and the marketing of Ritchies, and it all turned out better than expected.
In 2008, Ritchie Bros. sold 150 late model cranes, trucks & trailers for Brad Skelton at an unreserved public auction in Brisbane, Australia.
The prices were very good. I had a little trouble wiping the grin off my face.
Ken Friesen ran KFC Farms Ltd., a purebred cattle operation, for more than 20 years before he decided to sell. Ken chose Ritchie Bros. because of its experience and ability to bring strong returns.
You know when you go to the auction the best man wins on the day, and the best man will win and he takes home the iron.
Norm Bolitho has been buying equipment at Ritchie Bros. auctions around the world since 1996 -- both in person and online. The main reason he keeps coming back: every auction is unreserved.
Ritchie Bros.' on-site and online auctions make it easier for people all around the world to bid, resulting in a fair price for the seller.Steve Stodghill, Sims Crane & Equipment Co. (Tampa, Florida)
Sims Crane & Equipment Co. has been providing crane and lifting rental service to the state of Florida for more than 50 years. President Steve Stodghill has used Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers to manage his company's fleet for 20+ years. He keeps coming back to Ritchie Bros. because its auctions are full-service, globally respected and attract the greatest market exposure. Written and published: 2011
Ritchie Bros. doesn't play games.
Ritchie Bros. auctions around the world helped Mahmoud Khalil build three international equipment dealerships in Lebanon. Mahmoud feels confident buying from Ritchie Bros. for two reasons: unreserved auctions—and equipment you can see for yourself.
I kept coming back to Ritchie Bros. because they had the best selection of equipment—they still do
Minnesota's Forrest Abramson signed his first construction contract in 1962; his company now has 150 employees and a large fleet of equipment. Forrest has found two key things at Ritchie Bros. auctions over the past 30 years: equipment and a feeling of confidence.
I did notice there were a lot of internet bidders and a lot of equipment being sent overseas, and I believe that they did help increase the final sale price of the equipment.
Greg Fowler is the fourth generation president of J.F. Electric (est. 1925), an electrical contractor serving the St. Louis, Missouri region. When Ritchie Bros. moved in nearby, Greg became a first-time seller at the St. Louis Grand Opening auction.
Trust is a huge factor when you're making a decision of that magnitude.
Leon Brunt and Jack Ash rely on Ritchie Bros. auctions to buy and sell equipment for their Darwin, Australia-based contracting company. In 2010, Leon and Jack turned to Ritchie Bros. once again - in Japan.
That's a big reason why we decided to sell with Ritchie Bros.—we knew our property would sell on auction day.
When Barrie and Liz Clarke retired, they put their BC golf course and RV park on the market. The Clarkes waited for a buyer for two years, then turned to Ritchie Bros.—for certainty.
Ritchie Bros. is very understanding. They aren't just trying to take advantage of the situation.
Karma Basran ran a successful BC trucking company for 35 years until he passed away in 2009. Karma's wife Pearl and her daughters—Janis and Tammy—knew he trusted Ritchie Bros., so they could too.
I can search for equipment, compare items, zoom-in on photos, check auction results, bid, buy and even arrange for shipping all without leaving my office.
Since Bill Coates bought Star Contracting Ltd.—the BC-based road contracting business where he worked for more than 30 years—his life has been getting busier. Bill now relies on the Ritchie Bros. web site more than ever, for equipment and information.
By selling with Ritchie Bros. we didn't have to go hunting for buyers because their auctions always attract large numbers of bidders.
50-year old road machinery manufacturer sees the benefits of selling by auction. Ritchie Bros. was able to sell new machines that had remained unsold for years.
Ritchie Bros. put those rules in place years ago and they stick by them.
John Friedges of Lakeville, Minnesota has been in business – and building a fleet of equipment – for more than 40 years. He's only in his early 50s. Whether he's buying or selling equipment, John says he values one thing above all: fairness.
Paint is worth a thousand dollars a gallon at an auction.
Peter G. "Chipper" Johnson started in the construction industry as a teenager and grew up to become the third-generation owner of Minnesota-based Hoover Construction. When it comes to selling used equipment, Chipper knows that appearances matter.
There is less risk involved and immediate return
Nyholt Constructions of Yatala, Queensland has a unique connection to Ritchie Bros.: the family-owned construction company helped build the Ritchie Bros. auction site in Brisbane, Australia. But Managing Director Richard Nyholt also has a story that is familiar to many: managing a business during a downturn.
The thing that impresses me the most about Ritchie Bros. is how fast they move their auctions along.
As the owner of R.A. Hammond Construction, Richard Hammond oversees multiple jobs taking place at the same time all over Massachusetts. Richard is a busy man, and he believes in spending his time and money wisely - which is why he buys through Ritchie Bros...
Ritchie Bros. auction brochures are sent to buyers around the world to ensure the success of the sale is not completely reliant upon local bidders.
Neil Buelow, equipment manager for Minnesota-based PCI Roads, LLC has always appreciated the personal service and broad market reach of Ritchie Bros. With the local economy under strain, Neil values Ritchie Bros.' global marketing efforts even more.
The Ritchie Bros. unreserved policy provides integrity to the auction process by keeping a level playing field... Also, it's important for me to know that the equipment will sell on auction day.
Mark Ryan worked his way up the ranks of the construction industry to become president of his own Minnesota-based company: Carl Bolander & Sons Co. All along the way Mark has kept a lasting relationship with Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.
We ended up getting 20 percent more for our fleet with Ritchie Bros.
When the Redmans decided to close the doors to Owatonna Construction in 2006---that decision left them with 200 pieces of equipment to sell. They got an offer for certain assets and equipment, but they thought they could do better with Ritchie Bros.
Everyone at the auction site remembers my name.
Holm Bros. Construction started out like Ritchie Bros. - a small business run by brothers. Both companies have grown and changed hands. Willy Holm Jr. now looks after the family business - and he counts himself as a loyal Ritchie Bros. customer thanks to the down-home relationship he's built with the company over the years.
Ritchie Bros. has gone far and above as far as customer service. That's something that I will always remember and something I always think about when I go to a sale.
Steve DeBaun went from auction rookie to professional by attending auctions with his father-in-law. In the process he has built a lasting relationship with Ritchie Bros. because of its dedication to quality customer service.
It doesn't matter what the condition of your machine is or how good it looks if there's no one there to bid on it.
Glen Staheli grew up with – and then helped further grow – the construction company established by his father in Edmonton, Alberta. In 2008 he decided to sell. Glen was ready to slow down – and he didn't want to wait for his multi-million dollar fleet of equipment to sell piecemeal.
I'm really an auction junkie at heart.
Bob Anderson and Phil Johnson started an underground services company in the late 60s and spent the next four decades laying pipeline across California. When Bob and Phil retired in 2008, they sold everything – but that won't keep Bob away from auctions.
With Ritchie Bros. you know you're always getting the fair price, on both the buying and the selling side.
Frank Rizzardo built his B.C.-based highway maintenance business from one contract to six. The equipment fleet of Emcon Services grew at the same pace. When Emcon's business dropped by almost half, Frank needed to sell millions of dollars of equipment – at a fair price.
We don't do anything by halves; when we do something we do it well, and I know that's the Ritchie Bros. attitude as well.
Brad Skelton got his international freight forwarding business off the ground in Australia with a little help from a Ritchie Bros. auction in Hong Kong. During a major business realignment, Brad put his trust in the same company that had put its trust in him.
Selling through Ritchie Bros. is the best way to mitigate risk in a soft market.
Hugh Edeleanu grew H.E. SERVICES from just one used loader backhoe into the largest specialist excavator hire company in the U.K., with a fleet of 2,500 machines. When the market turned, Hugh knew his best option was to sell hundreds of surplus items – and to reach outside the U.K. for buyers.
Ritchie Bros. is so organized. Once I told them what we wanted, they took care of everything.
In 1964, the Podolinsky family opened a John Deere dealership in Petrolia, Ontario to sell and service equipment for their neighboring farmers. In 1985, they started hosting a mini-trade fair at their dealership. Now in its 23rd year, Farmer Information Days features exhibits, seminars – and an unreserved Ritchie Bros. auction.
The difference between Ritchie Bros. and other auction companies was just night and day.
Ted Carlson, the president of Mainland Sand and Gravel in Surrey, B.C., has been buying and selling equipment at Ritchie Bros. auctions since the 1980s. Ted puts his loyalty down to two factors: fair auction practices and a sense of homegrown pride.
Ritchie Bros. attracts the end users, and the more end users you get, the better the prices will be.
PT Pamapersada Nusantara (PAMA) is Indonesia's largest mining contractor, actively managing numerous coalmines throughout the archipelago since 1993. PAMA purchases a large number of machines each year for their business - but they needed a solution when it came time to sell their equipment. Enter Ritchie Bros.
I've bought lots of equipment, I've sold lots of equipment, and Ritchie Bros. is the best in the world.
Camille Dionne started his rental equipment business in Quebec 46 years ago with one machine. Years later, he is still renting equipment – and he's added contracting and transportation services to the mix. And for almost four decades, Camille has been buying and selling equipment at unreserved Ritchie Bros. auctions.
The buyers are there and that's what gets you the very best money for your equipment.
Dave MacDonald was born to run equipment. He was operating dozers as a teenager and operating his own British Columbia-based construction company by his twenties. Deciding to sell was hard for Dave – but it was easy to decide on the right dispersal method.
There are a lot of unknowns in the world; working with Ritchie Bros. is not one of them.
Rapid growth over the past decade caused Birmingham, Alabama-based Saiia Construction to re-evaluate its equipment disposal methods. When looking for a company to manage the sale of its equipment, Saiia used two criteria: resources – and values.
Ritchie Bros. auctions provide a global marketplace, fair market value and the transparency of unreserved auctions.
Wang Yao Hui started with an equipment repair business in Taiwan - and ended up running an international equipment brokerage. Since discovering Ritchie Bros., Mr. Wang has had full access to the global equipment marketplace.
Ritchie Bros. meant a lot to him; it's part of our history.
Bryan Gour runs an excavator rental and parts business in Greater Vancouver, B.C. that was established by his late father-in-law Jim Blanche. When Ritchie Bros. celebrated its 50th anniversary, Bryan made sure he was there - not just for himself, but for Jim too.
It doesn't matter if you're selling a million dollars of equipment or you run a single bulldozer, you're treated just the same.
Jim Allard does business with dozens of companies as vice president of Allard Contractors, an aggregate company in Coquitlam, B.C. What sets Ritchie Bros. apart? People, says Jim - and a slice of pie.
Trust and character go a long way. We feel like we're in good hands with Ritchie Bros
Robert and James Wright started out with one bulldozer; their Tennessee construction company now has about 300 pieces of equipment in its fleet. Whether they're buying one dozer or selling hundreds of machines, Robert and James turn to the people they trust.
Ritchie Bros.' service and transparency in their business dealings is what make them have one of the most loyal customer bases of any industry.
David Weiss of Sierra Equipment Company Inc. in San Francisco, California has been a Ritchie Bros. customer for more than 30 years.
I fully enjoy the sales. I always have, my father always did, and a couple of my boys go to the sales and they love it too.
D & J Isley and Sons is a family-run business in Grande Prairie, Alberta with longstanding ties to Ritchie Bros. Roy and Morgan Isley are carrying on the family tradition of buying and selling at Ritchie Bros. auctions - and passing it on to the next generation.
The company has stayed friendly and personal - and we still get the same service we did 20 years ago.
Like his father Vernon before him, Duane Semon runs a family owned and operated equipment rental company in Phoenix, Arizona. Duane is also a loyal Ritchie Bros. customer - just like his dad.
I don't think we have been treated any less than platinum by Ritchie Bros. so far!
Navneet Mathur sells more than US$20 million of new and used equipment every year through his Vermeer dealership in India. When he's looking for used equipment, Navneet trusts one source above all: a Ritchie Bros. auction.
It was clear that Ritchie Bros. was the only auction company that could manage the sale.
Over the past 45 years, Robert, David and James Cooke have built Jemstar Farms into one of the premier cattle farming operations in Ontario, Canada. Now looking to retire, the Cooke brothers have chosen Ritchie Bros. to help them make this transition - with an unreserved auction in March 2009.
Nobody combines the internet with the proven on-site auction method as well as Ritchie Bros.
A love of equipment lured Tom Stevenson away from a career on Bay Street and back to his father's well-known equipment rental company in Ontario, Canada. Like his father before him, Tom relies on Ritchie Bros. to give him better access to the global marketplace.
Having no reserves is the most important thing at an auction, whether you're buying or selling.
Peter Delaney operates a small mobile crushing company in rural New South Wales, Australia. Whether he's buying or selling equipment, Peter will go the extra mile to attend an unreserved Ritchie Bros. auction.
If I had to sell all this myself, it would take me five years!
Donald Collins first started buying equipment at Ritchie Bros. auctions when he established his own pipeline construction company in Arkansas. When he retired, Donald chose Ritchie Bros. to take care of his equipment - and sell everything in one day.
With Ritchie Bros., I know that I am more than a number, more than a means to an end.
Keith Brubacher's father Ben founded Brubacher Excavating - the largest excavation contractor in central Pennsylvania - with one backhoe and a commitment to fairness, honesty and integrity. When looking for business partners, the Brubachers choose companies that share their values.
When you've got that kind of relationship, why would you deal with another auction company?
When the state economy took a downturn in the early 2000s, John Spadaro needed to sell millions of dollars of equipment belonging to his trucking company in Melbourne, Australia. John decided to check out a new auction company in town: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. And he's never looked back.
Ritchie Bros. always did the right thing: they stood up to their word.
In 1958 - the year that Ritchie Bros. was founded - Billy Jackson started W F Jackson Construction Co. in Sandersville, Georgia with little more than determination and a single dozer. Billy credits good people for his company's success - and his long relationship with Ritchie Bros.
Relationships are a huge part of it.
Like their uncles and father before them, the younger Ghilotti brothers pride themselves on maintaining a first-class fleet of yellow iron for their San Francisco Bay area construction company. When they need to update their fleet, Dante and Mike Ghilotti turn to another family business: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.
We were working 23 scrapers and moving three million meters of dirt a year.
H. Davis Construction started with one bulldozer. Almost 60 years later, when Bob and Doug Davis decided to retire, their Toronto-based earthmoving company was running a multi-million dollar fleet. The brothers started selling their equipment one piece at a time – until someone suggested an easier solution: a Ritchie Bros. auction.
We chose Ritchie Bros. because Dad's relationship with them went way back
Harry Williamson took a dump truck and roller and turned them into one of British Columbia's most successful paving companies, H. Williamson Blacktop & Landscaping. When Harry passed away, he left his family with fond memories, a large equipment fleet – and some hard decisions to make.
Internet bidding is a great tool, but the auctions will always be the main event.
As president of a general engineering contractor, Steve Pokrajac has bought and sold millions of dollars of equipment at Ritchie Bros. auctions across the U.S. Although the internet has opened up the world for Steve, he'll never lose his love of attending auctions in person.
Go to Ritchie Bros.: that's my advice to anyone wanting to sell trucks and trailers.
For Denis and Louis Larabie of Kapuskasing, Ontario, a fortuitous wrong turn led to a major trucking contract with the De Beers diamond company. At the end of the contract, the Larabie brothers had almost 150 trucks and trailers to sell – and a new appreciation for unreserved auctions.
It's clean and tidy for the buyers, and it's a done deal for the sellers. It's a true blue auction.
Miller Farm Equipment has been selling new and used farm equipment to Canadian farmers since 1924. Doug Heritage and Kevin Miller now operate one of the largest Case IH dealers in North America. When the local market can't absorb Miller Farm's used equipment inventory, Doug and Kevin turn to Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.
I couldn't afford to update my equipment and be in compliance. I just couldn't do it.
When Dean Stines started an excavation company in California, he turned to Ritchie Bros. for his equipment needs. When new environmental regulations accelerated Dean's retirement plans, he returned to the place his business began: a Ritchie Bros. auction.
I get excellent service and value, as well as access to new customers that I don't think I can get anywhere else.
Steve Ledwell of Texas-based Ledwell & Son Enterprises had always considered selling by auction an unnecessary risk. A chance encounter with Ritchie Bros. at a trade show changed his mind. Steve now uses Ritchie Bros. auctions to sell trucks and trailers - and to reach a global audience of potential new Ledwell customers.
Ritchie Bros. has been very important to me and my family… Ritchie Bros. has changed our lives
Almost 20 years ago, Ruben Encinas traveled from Mexico to buy a crane at an unreserved Ritchie Bros. auction in Arizona. That first Ritchie Bros. auction purchase gave Ruben the idea for a new business venture – and gave his family a chance for a new life.
Now you can sell just one or two pieces of equipment at the auction site and reach buyers from all over the world.
Dean Stockman grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, but it wasn't until he took over the farm from his father that he started buying equipment from agricultural auctions. When Dean wanted to sell a single sprayer, he chose the local service and global reach of a Ritchie Bros. auction.
The advertising that Ritchie Bros. provides cannot be bought.
Almost 30 years ago, Karl Kocon bought a used truck, painted and repaired it, then sold it at a Ritchie Bros. auction – kick-starting his successful Edmonton, Alberta-based refurbishing and custom-built truck business: K & R Truck & Equipment. Today Karl finds that one of the best advertising channels for his customized trucks is the same place his business got its start – a Ritchie Bros. auction.
Ritchie Bros.' February Orlando auction is the premier auction of the year; it sets the stage for what's to come.
Ring Power Corporation is one of the largest Cat dealers in the Southeastern U.S., with a 5,000-piece rental fleet. Looking to sell its surplus used equipment, Ring Power asked Ritchie Bros. to conduct an unreserved auction in Orlando in 1984. The Ring Power auction became an annual event in Orlando – and evolved into the world's largest industrial auction.
An unreserved auction is the best way to dispose of a large fleet of equipment.
At the end of a major project, the Scott Group – one of Australia's largest transportation companies – had 130 surplus transportation items and two options: Send the trucks out of state to be sold piecemeal – or have Ritchie Bros. bring the auction to the Scott Group's site and sell everything in one day.
Ritchie Bros. hasn't lost that side of their culture – the ability to connect with customers on a personal level.
Vancouver-based Leavitt Machinery offers sales, rental and service of an ever-increasing range of materials handling, construction and aerial equipment. Looking to showcase the diversity of their product lineup, Leavitt chose a unique solution: a Ritchie Bros. auction.
When you have thousands of people at the auction, from all over the world, you know that the price you get is the best price in the market.
For years, Hydro Quebec sold all of its heavy equipment directly to buyers in the local market. Looking to reduce costs, the corporation discovered it could also increase returns – by reaching the global market through Ritchie Bros.
[At Ritchie Bros.] everyone is treated with equal respect, regardless of the size of their company.
Doug Gordon had purchased millions of dollars of equipment at Ritchie Bros. auctions over decades in the construction business in Western Canada. When he decided to sell his entire equipment inventory, he turned to the company he'd come to know and trust as a buyer.
Ritchie Bros. did an excellent job preparing, marketing and selling our pipeline equipment.
Minnesota Limited, a major pipeline contractor in the U.S. Midwest, had accumulated a large – but aging – fleet of equipment over four decades in business. Looking to upgrade the company's fleet, president & CEO Chris Leines turned to Ritchie Bros. – and discovered the benefits of completing a Like-Kind Exchange.
The selection of equipment is incredible, the pace of the auction is fast, and the whole process is very fair and efficient.
Punj Lloyd Limited, India's second-largest engineering construction firm, buys millions of dollars of equipment every year. Faced with a shortage in the local market, Punj Lloyd's President of Plant and Equipment, Sandeep Garg, turned to Ritchie Bros.' worldwide auctions.
Selling through Ritchie Bros. is the easiest, simplest way of extracting maximum value from your assets.
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