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Alex Lyon & Son Kicks Off Annual Florida Auctions

Mon February 14, 2011 - Northeast Edition
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Joe Jordan of J. W. Jordan Construction in Bridgeport, W.Va., is looking to take this Bobcat MT5L back home with him, maybe as part of his carry on luggage.
Joe Jordan of J. W. Jordan Construction in Bridgeport, W.Va., is looking to take this Bobcat MT5L back home with him, maybe as part of his carry on luggage.
Joe Jordan of J. W. Jordan Construction in Bridgeport, W.Va., is looking to take this Bobcat MT5L back home with him, maybe as part of his carry on luggage. At the controls of this Kobelco SK330 excavator is Jose Alvarez. This John Deere 650J dozer got the attention of Todd Summers of Summers Enterprise. Steve Debaun, Track II Corp., keeps track of what the excavators were going for at the annual Alex Lyon & Son sale. Chad Ketelsen of Alex Lyon & Son moves a Genie GS 3390 lift to get some aerial shots of the auction site. Steve Debaun, Track II Corp., keeps track of what the excavators were going for at the annual Alex Lyon & Son sale. As these three New Englanders took a break from bidding, New England was again getting pounded with nearly two feet of snow. (L-R): Omer Choquette, Newport, Vt.; John Neville, Goffstown, N.H.; and Oscar Plourde, Hooksett, N.H. Acres upon acres of late model used equipment comprised thousands of consignments, all bringing top dollar at this year’s sale. For more than 35 years, Jack Lyon has led Alex Lyon & Son Inc. to the position of being among the leading construction equipment auction houses in the world. (L-R): Ken Byrd, Ronnie Byrd and Carlos Guznan of Dominion Equipment Parts offer reasonably priced alternative rubber-track replacement systems for most manufacturers of skid loaders and mini excavators. Mike Pearl, president of Equipment Mart of New York, scours the four corners of the earth looking for the best available values for his used equipment customers, which means that every year he ends up back at the Alex Lyon & Son sale in Kissimmee. Excavators attracted a large number of bidders from across the world. Both excavators and articulated trucks brought good numbers, signaling some improvement in the construction equipment market. Butch Frey (L) of Frey and Sons Inc. and “Murf” Murphy with Best Tractor are two gentlemen known and respected in the used equipment industry for many, many years. Both are regulars at the Florida auctions. You can’t say that a day at an Alex Lyon & Son auction offers all of the niceties of home but … how many auction companies offer fresh homemade ice cream just a few feet away from the auction trailer. Robert Whitten of Whit Builders is glad to be in Orlando considering the nearly 70-degree temperature difference from Bridgton, Maine.  He liked the looks of this Cat 420E. Steve Heckman of L.C. Whitford in Wellsville, N.Y., is looking for a few solid excavators to take back with him to southwestern New York State. Two industry legends — John LaCamera (L), founder of Contractors Equipment Guide, and Jim Davis, president of Davis Auctions.  LaCamera and Davis try to keep a stiff upper lip despite the fact that the Patriots did not play in the Super Bowl. Dan McHugh of Brookside Equipment in Phillipston, Mass., reports that the used equipment market is really heating up. As these three New Englanders took a break from bidding, New England was again getting pounded with nearly two feet of snow. (L-R): Omer Choquette, Newport, Vt.; John Neville, Goffstown, N.H.; and Oscar Plourde, Hooksett, N.H. Peter LaFogg from Williamsburg, Mass., made the trek south to Florida to ensure that Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon had definitely moved to Tampa to stay. Acres upon acres of late model used equipment comprised thousands of consignments, all bringing top dollar at this year’s sale.

Alex Lyon & Son kicked off the annual Florida Auctions in Kissimmee, Fla.

Alex Lyon’s sale ran from Jan. 29 to Feb. 6. Quite possibly its largest equipment auction ever, Alex Lyon featured earthmoving equipment, aerial lifts, forklifts, dump trucks, truck trailers, trailers, support equipment and attachments. The equipment was gathered from the best authorized dealer rental fleets across the country, including Neff, RSC, Genie, JCB, JLG, Sunbelt, Hertz and Caterpillar.

The bidding at this year’s Florida auctions was brisk. The combined effects of low dealer inventories, reduced manufacturing levels, increased demand domestically and overseas has made the market for late-hour used construction equipment in the United States very strong.