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Ritchie Bros. Holds Record-Breaking Auction at New Edmonton Location

Wed June 26, 2002 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers held one of its largest ever one-day auctions at the company’s brand new auction facility in Edmonton, AB. With over $31 million (Canadian) in gross auction sales, the unreserved public auction also marks the largest Canadian auction in Ritchie Bros.’ 38-year history.

Three thousand, one hundred and eighty seven people registered to bid on 2,368 items during the sale. While there were many local attendees, bidders traveled from all over Canada, the U.S. and abroad to participate in the auction. Others watched or placed real-time bids over the Internet on All told, registered bidders from 10 Canadian provinces, 29 U.S. states, and 10 other countries participated in the sale.

"We’ve always been very proud of how our customers have helped us build the business," commented Dave Ritchie, the company’s chairman and CEO. "Our sales in Edmonton always attract good crowds, but this grand-opening sale in particular was very well attended. Having this new location with more room for trucks and equipment, and having full-service amenities that suit the Northern Alberta climate, allows us to serve our customers even better."

The new 125-acre facility south of Edmonton is the first of its kind in the Ritchie Bros. network. The site has two auction ramps - with combined seating for 1,800 bidders - allowing for two simultaneous auctions. "We’ve been looking forward to opening this facility for a very long time. The innovative dual auction ramps allow us to help our customers save time. Instead of having two or three-day sales in Edmonton, we can have a one-day sale and let our customers get back to running their businesses the very next day." said Doug Olive, divisional manager of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.

During the inaugural auction, Ritchie Bros.’ former auction site in Nisku (Edmonton), Alberta was also sold by unreserved auction; it sold for more than $2.3 million (Canadian dollars). "While selling real estate unreserved in an industrial equipment auction may seem a little out of the ordinary, we believe in the strength and drawing power of our unreserved auctions," commented Clay Tippett, marketing manager of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. "Ritchie Bros.’ commitment to the unreserved auction process has fueled our growth and contributed to our successes over the past 38 years. Selling our old auction site at one of our unreserved auctions was a natural."

There are 27 upcoming unreserved auctions on the Ritchie Bros. calendar. Several will feature live Internet bidding including first time Internet broadcasts from the company’s auction sites in North East, MD, and Truro, Nova Scotia.

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