More Than 800 Bidders Vie for 800 Auction Lots in Conn.

Tue April 06, 2010 - Northeast Edition
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Tyler Devoll (L) of Swansea Trucking and Excavating, Swansea, Mass., and David Raposo of J.R. and Sons Inc., Westport, Mass., attended the heavy equipment auction on March 24.
Tyler Devoll (L) of Swansea Trucking and Excavating, Swansea, Mass., and David Raposo of J.R. and Sons Inc., Westport, Mass., attended the heavy equipment auction on March 24.
Tyler Devoll (L) of Swansea Trucking and Excavating, Swansea, Mass., and David Raposo of J.R. and Sons Inc., Westport, Mass., attended the heavy equipment auction on March 24. Equipment from Barnhart Crane & Rigging Co., Bay State Construction Services Inc., and other owners contributed to the Ritchie Bros. auction in Hartford, Conn. Blaine Blenis, owner of Willowbrook Builders in Greenville, N.Y., checks the oil on this Genie Z45/25 4x4 articulated boom lift. Gerry Celia of Marino Crane in Charlestown, R.I., looks down from a Manitowoc 3900T 140-ton conventional truck crane up for bid at the auction. March 24 was not only the day of the heavy equipment sale, but it also was Frank Hull’s birthday and he was on the hunt to buy himself a big birthday present. (L-R): Jason MacKenzie of Empire Crane, whose headquarters is in Syracuse, N.Y., Craig Lev Although it was a cold and windy day, Jay Pietrantonio (L) and Frank Bjorkland of Shephard Steel in Hartford, Conn., took some time from their busy schedules to preview and possibly bid on the more than 775 lots for sale at the Ritchie Bros. auction. Prospective bidders, John Patton (L), owner of Ace Equipment Sales Inc. and his good friend and customer, Robin Knight of Knight and Sons Construction Inc. both of Willington, Conn., stand together for a photo-op after the start of the 9 a.m. sale. Jose Rodrigues of Ludlow, Mass., test drives a 2003 Komatsu PC228USLC-3 hydraulic excavator before making a decision to place a bid. A nice selection of cranes went on the block during Ritchie Bros.’s March 24 sale in Hartford, Conn.

More than 800 registered bidders participated online and in-person at the Ritchie Bros. multi-million dollar auction held March 24 in Hartford, Conn.

The bidders came from 25 countries, including 44 U.S. states and nine Canadian provinces. More than 80 percent of the trucks and equipment (based on gross auction proceeds) went to buyers from outside the state. Close to 800 auction lots were sold on auction day.