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Petrowsky Holds First Sale Under Ritchie Bros. Ownership

This large 2-day sale was held at Petrowsky’s facility in North Franklin, Conn.

Wed August 24, 2016 - Northeast Edition #17

Dennis Fleury of Fleury Sales in New Hampshire inspects a John Deere 450G prior to the sale.
Dennis Fleury of Fleury Sales in New Hampshire inspects a John Deere 450G prior to the sale.
Dennis Fleury of Fleury Sales in New Hampshire inspects a John Deere 450G prior to the sale. Sam Petrowsky, president of Petrowsky Auctioneers, announces the sale of his company to Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers and reminisced a bit about the proud history of Petrowsky Auctioneers. Danny Anderson, who has worked at the right side of Sam Petrowsky for many years, is very positive that the customers whom he has developed long standing relationships with will be greatly benefited by Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers involvement. Fred Goodrich, auctioneer, gets the auction rolling. Kevin Kobus (L), Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers vice president of operations of United States and Latin America, congratulates Sam Petrowsky on the sale of his company and looks forward to an exciting future. This two-day sale featured a very large collection of construction equipment, including a great excavator lineup. Jim Violett (L), owner of JV’s Home Improvement, Elizabeth, Conn., and his father-in-law, Ronald DeCosta, were checking out the Hitachi Zaxis 75 mini-excavator. Roger Baill, owner of R&B Contracting in Connecticut, was testing out the Yanmar mini-excavator. Chris and Paul, employees of MDC Excavation in Seekonk, Mass., were on the look out for new machines to add to their fleet. Backhoe loaders were lined up and ready to go. Paul Brightman (L), owner of Talyn’s Excavation, in Dartmouth, Mass., and John Cabral, also of Talyn’s Excavation, are ready to shop. Potential bidders check out some rollers. Who will go home with one of these excavators? A row of dump trucks awaits their turn on the auction block. Dan McHugh of Brookside Equipment is a regular buyer at both Petrowsky and Ritchie Bros. sales.

Anticipation was in the air on Aug. 5 and 6 when Petrowsky Auctioneers held its first public auction under the ownership of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. Attendees had already gotten wind that something big had happened, and Sam Petrowsky started the sale by making the announcement that his company, Petrowsky Auctioneers, was now under the ownership of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.

This large 2-day sale held at Petrowsky's facility in North Franklin, Conn., featured consignments from BTB Construction, Crean Equipment, Jacor Inc., and other area contractors and heavy equipment dealerships.

More than 50 excavators, a large selection of crawlers and loaders and lots of other support equipment all was sold as it went over the ramp. Hundreds of buyers were in attendance, with thousands more from across the globe placing bids.