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Thu October 11, 2012 - National Edition
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Brendan Davidson (L) Davidson Excavating,  Prospect Hill, N.C., and Eddie Williford, Gregory Poole Equipment Company, Raleigh, N.C., talk about the projected value of several machines.
Brendan Davidson (L) Davidson Excavating, Prospect Hill, N.C., and Eddie Williford, Gregory Poole Equipment Company, Raleigh, N.C., talk about the projected value of several machines.
Brendan Davidson (L) Davidson Excavating,  Prospect Hill, N.C., and Eddie Williford, Gregory Poole Equipment Company, Raleigh, N.C., talk about the projected value of several machines. Billy Tedder (L) and Jim Hills, both of Hills Machinery, the Case dealer for South Carolina  and eastern North Carolina, followed the bidding and paid close attention to the activity when the Case machines were sold. The crew at Ritchie Bros.’ new Raleigh-Durham facility was ready to sell some iron at the grand opening auction. Butner Mayor Tom Lane greets Ritchie Bros. officials during the Ritchie Bros. grand opening auction in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Rob Mackay, president of Ritchie Bros., addresses the crowd during the company’s grand opening auction in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. The Ritchie Bros. Raleigh-Durham team is joined by local officials in cutting the ribbon to celebrate the official opening of the company’s new auction site in North Carolina. Front row (L-R): John Fairley, regional manager; Joe Boyle, vice presiden An aerial view of the auction site yard at the brand new Ritchie Bros. permanent auction site in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. A member of the Ritchie Bros. team steps up to show the scale of the Cat D 11 crawler  tractor. The sale found new homes for 60 of these machines. Joey Guarglia (L), Tri City Auto Salvage, Greensboro, N.C., came to the sale to buy a wheel loader and maybe an excavator with a grapple while Asher Brinson, Sound Heavy Machinery,  Raleigh, N.C., came to the sale to see the area contractors and to buy a Wil Blackerby (L), May Heavy Equipment, Lexington, N.C., is welcomed to the new facility by Ritchie Bros. Regional Sales Manager John Fairley. Adam Bryne of Ritchie Bros. catches the next bidder for the pair of Cat 725 articulated trucks. (L-R):?John Fairley, Dave Ritchie and Joe Boyle, all of Ritchie Bros., are looking forward to many years of hosting successful sales from the new Durham facility. Todd Snyder (L) and Steve Jeffries, both of CCS Equipment, Youngsville, N.C., came to the sale to see who was bidding on the Kawasaki loaders, as their company recently took on the account. Scott Thomas, Ritchie Bros., lines up the low- hour, 2011 Cat 12M motorgrader. Ritchie Bros. started using T.A.L. (Timed Auction Lots) as an effective way to sell lots valued at under $5,000. The bidding is all done online and these people are following bids they have already placed. Kenneth Tysinger (L) and Guy Roof, Con-Equip of the Carolinas, attend many of the Ritchie sales as it’s a good way to see area contractors.

The Ritchie Bros. two-day Grand Opening sale at its new Raleigh-Durham, N.C., location was deemed a huge success by participants on all sides of the auction block.

Held Sept. 26 and 27, the sale focused on the mining industry and with the positive response it met with, it could turn out to be the first of several mining equipment sales. More than 2,100 bidders, 1,300 of them online, registered to snap up more than $76 million in equipment that was presented in 300-plus lots. Bidders came from as far as Australia and Hong Kong, with 96 percent of the equipment being purchased by buyers outside of North Carolina.

Popular items included 60 Caterpillar D11 crawler tractors, as well as skid steers, articulated trucks, motorgraders, dozers and loaders. Many items were 2010 and 2011 model years, the availability of which have been fairly scarce in recent years.

In addition to being a success for buyers and sellers, the event also was a success for the Amran Shriners of North Carolina, who received more than $7,000 during a charity auction of items donated by local businesses.

For more information, please visit www.rbauction.com.