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GovPlanet Expands Services with Its First Live Auction

August 23, 2018, 06:50 AM
Filed Under: Auction News

On Sept. 5, GovPlanet will host its first live auction, for the Pennsylvania Department of General Services, selling more than 350 equipment items and trucks without reserves in a single day. Highlights include excavators, dump trucks, paving rollers, snow plows, stone chippers, wheel and backhoe loaders, lights, mowers and more.

The live, onsite auction will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. The auction is open to the public and registration to bid is free. Pre-registration and the ability to post bids online begin Aug. 22. In-person inspections and registrations will be held on Sept. 3 and 4 at the Farm Show Complex. During that same time, interested buyers can also preview the vehicles that will be onsite. The heavy equipment auction will be simulcast on Sept. 5 allowing online and in-person participants to bid against each other in real time.

"We are excited to hold our very first live, onsite GovPlanet auction, expanding the services we offer state and local governments to best meet their dispersal needs," said Kevin O'Donnell, Vice President, Government Business Development, Ritchie Bros. "We launched the GovPlanet brand in 2014 and have helped many state and local government agencies sell surplus assets through our regular Wednesday online auctions. Now, as part of the Ritchie Bros. family we can leverage Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers' extensive live auction expertise to offer our customers the best of both worlds."

GovPlanet is best-known for selling assets for the U.S. Department of Defense—everything from Humvees, cargo trucks and utility trailers, as well as non-rolling stock items—but over the past four years GovPlanet has also sold thousands of items for state and local government agencies, including the Commonwealth of Virginia; Ohio Department of Transportation; Suffolk County, NY; City of Bellevue, WA; City of Fresno, CA; and the Lower Colorado River Authority.

"GovPlanet has been a great partner in helping us to ensure that we are getting the best return on our investment for the taxpayers of Pennsylvania – as evidenced by our ability to double our sales figures over the past two years," said Matt Blascovich, Division Chief for State Surplus & Recycling at the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. "The GovPlanet staff is experienced, knowledgeable and always willing to help."

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