GovPlanet Expands Services With First-Ever Live Auction: CEG

September 5, GovPlanet will host its very first live auction, for the Pennsylvania Department of General Service, selling over 350 equipment and trucks without reserves in a single day. Highlights include excavators, dump trucks, paving rollers, snow plows, rock crushers, wheel loaders and backhoes, lights, mowers and more.

The live on-site auction will take place at Pennsylvania Agricultural Exhibition Complex in Harrisburg, Pa., (2300 North Cameron St.). The auction is open to the public and registration to bid is free. Pre-registration and the ability to post offers online began on August 22. Inspections and in-person registrations will take place September 3-4 at the Farm Show Complex. Meanwhile, interested buyers can also preview the vehicles that will be on site.

The heavy equipment auction will air simultaneously on September 5, allowing participants online and in person to bid against each other in real time.

“We are delighted to host our very first live GovPlanet auction on-site, expanding the services we offer to state and local governments to best meet their dispersal needs,” said Kevin O’Donnell, Vice-President, Government Affairs Development, Ritchie Bros.

“We launched the GovPlanet brand in 2014 and have helped many national and local government agencies sell surplus assets through our regular Wednesday online auctions. Now, as part of the Ritchie Bros. family, we can leverage the vast expertise of Ritchie Bros. live auctions. Auctioneers to provide our clients with the best of both worlds.

GovPlanet is best known for selling assets for the US Department of Defense – everything from Humvees, freight trucks and utility trailers, as well as non-wheeling items – but over the past four years, GovPlanet has also sold thousands of items for state and local government agencies, including including the Commonwealth of Virginia; Ohio Department of Transportation; Suffolk County, New York; Town of Bellevue, Wash.; City of Fresno, California; the Lower Colorado River Authority; and much more.

“GovPlanet has been a great partner in helping us ensure that we are getting the best return on investment for Pennsylvania taxpayers, as evidenced by our ability to double our sales numbers over the past two years,” said Matt Blascovich, chief of state surplus and recycling division in the Pennsylvania Department of General Service. “The staff at GovPlanet are experienced, knowledgeable and always ready to help.”

Highlights of specific equipment from the September 5 live auction include:

  • 46 Sterling L8500 single axle dump trucks
  • 19 Mack CV713 two-axle dump trucks
  • 13 Mack RD688S two-axle dump trucks
  • Three Mack CV713 three-axle dump trucks
  • 14 Komatsu WA250-5L wheel loaders
  • New JCB 426Z wheel loaders
  • Six JCB 436Z wheel loaders
  • Three Case 621E wheel loaders

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About GovPlanet

GovPlanet, a The Ritchie Brothers. solution, was launched in 2014 to meet the specialized equipment disposal needs of public, federal, including military, state, local and municipal entities. Each week, on average, GovPlanet attracts nearly 90,000 participants to its online auctions. Items are previewed two weeks in advance and bidders can view photos, videos and inspection reports. All items sold on GovPlanet have been inspected and come with IronPlanetExclusive IronClad Assurance Equipment Condition certifications, which give bidders the confidence to buy online from anywhere in the world.

About Ritchie Bros.

Founded in 1958, Ritchie Bros. is a global asset management and disposition company, providing its clients with end-to-end solutions for buying and selling used heavy equipment, trucks and other assets. Operating in a multitude of industries, including construction, transportation, agriculture, energy, oil and gas, mining and forestry, the company’s sales channels include: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers; IronPlanet; Marketplace ; Mascus; and Ritchie Bros. Private Treaty. The company also offers industry solutions including GovPlanet, TruckPlanet, Kruse Energy Auctioneers and Cat Auctions, as well as equipment finance and leasing through Ritchie Bros. Financial Services.

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