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Rogers Realty & Auction Co. Holds Retirement Sale for Bobby Watson

Fri March 18, 2011 - Southeast Edition
Jennifer Hetrick

As the year and the decade drew to a close, Bobby Watson, founder of Yadkin Farms Inc., Mount Airy, N.C., drew his long career in the grading business to a close with a retirement sale run by Rogers Realty & Auction Company, also in Mount Airy. Watson founded Yadkin Farms in 1992, after spending many years as the equipment manager of Sherman-Simpson Inc. formerly of Mount Airy.

The equipment dispersal auction, which was held at Yadkin Farms’ yard, drew bidders and friends of Watson’s to the site from eight states and online bidders from 12. Equipment on the block included earth moving, paving and other heavy equipment as well as dump trucks, pickups, road tractors, trailers and more. More than 500 lots of tools and parts also were part of the sale.

“The sale was very successful. Every piece of iron down to every tool and part found a new home by the conclusion of the sale. Bobby is well respected by everyone in the area, and it shows today,” said Dustin Rogers, who served as sales manager for the auction.

Rogers, who has known Watson for most of his life, explained that, “Bobby called me and wanted to do business with my family’s company. My previous experience with another auction company helped to assure him that we have the yellow iron experience required to conduct a successful auction for him.

We were happy to have the opportunity to recognize Bobby for his service to the industry at the beginning of the sale so that everyone would know who the equipment we were selling had belonged to.”

“I was really impressed with the number of attendees and the order of the sale,” said Rick Sowers, Sowers Construction, Mount Airy, N.C., “With economic times as they are, I was really impressed with the prices equipment was bringing as it crossed the auction block.”

With his company comfortably dispersed during the auction, Watson plans to spend time traveling with his wife Bonnie and enjoying some well-earned leisure time.

Rogers Realty & Auction Company has been in business since 1964. The company has conducted business across the United States. In 2010, the company’s auctioneers sold equipment in 16 states and Europe. A recent Rogers auction had more than 8,000 online bidders and viewers. For more information about their upcoming equipment auctions contact Dustin Rogers at 336/409-5498 or visit them online at CEG

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