Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated
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Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated

March 22, 2006 06:45 ET

Syracuse Area Highway Contractor-Jana-Rock Construction-to Liquidate Equipment, Main Office Building, Shop, Yard, Tools and 185 Acres of Subdivided Land in an Unreserved Ritchie Bros. Auction

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK--(CCNMatthews - March 22, 2006) - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated (TSX:RBA)(NYSE:RBA) -

Highway Contracting Company, Jana-Rock Construction, Inc., has engaged Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers to sell its equipment, main office, shop, yard, tools and 185 +/- acres of subdivided land at 5165 Irish Ridge Road in Fenner, NY.

The complete dispersal includes hundreds of pieces of equipment including pavers, rollers, milling machines, dirt equipment and trucks and trailers. Also included are a main office, shop and yard, tools, road signs, cones, barrels, concrete barriers, millings and topsoil and 185 +/- acres of subdivided land.

"All of our pavers, rollers and milling machines, as well as the majority of our other equipment and trucks worked on major state highway and thruway projects last year, right up until November," said Rocky Luiere, President of Jana-Rock Construction, Inc. "We have been fortunate to have our large shop. It has allowed us to maintain our equipment in excellent condition and to keep our major milling and paving equipment inside over the winter months.

"This sale is bitter-sweet," he continued. "The country setting of our office brought serenity to the hectic pace of a highway contracting company. It is so peaceful that I also used it as my home when I was in New York. I will dearly miss this unique setting. On the other hand, the warm and thriving business setting of the southwest has presented a new and exciting venture for my family and me."

The Ritchie Bros. auction is unreserved, meaning every item will sell on sale day to the highest bidder, regardless of price. There are no minimum bids or reserve prices - the selling price is determined solely by the competitive bidding process. The auction is open to the public with free registration. Interested bidders can go to the auction site ahead of time to check out the items they are interested in before the sale. If you are not paying by cash or certified check, you must have pre-approved credit in order to bid on any item. Call 410-287-4330 or visit www.rbauction.com for more information.

In business in the New York area since 1987, Jana-Rock worked on such projects as "the Can of Worms" in Rochester, NY, I 390, 490 and 590, multiple thruway projects, a major highway and bridge rehabilitation on route 365 (near the Turning Stone Casino) and many other projects, both installing and milling out millions of tons of asphalt. Jana-Rock Construction, Inc. will continue to run its Las Vegas, Nevada operations after the auction.

The auction has a large selection of asphalt, construction and transportation equipment in it and an office or country home building, a shop and 185 +/- acres of land. For more information, up-to-date listings, and photos, visit www.rbauction.com

About Ritchie Bros.

Ritchie Bros. is the world's largest auctioneer of industrial equipment, operating through over 110 locations in more than 25 countries around the world. The Company sells, through unreserved public auctions, a broad range of used and unused industrial equipment including equipment utilized in the construction, transportation, material handling, mining, forestry, petroleum, marine, real estate, and agricultural industries. The Company maintains a web site at www.rbauction.com.

Contact Information

  • Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated
    Kim Schulz
    Corporate Communications Manager
    1-800-663-8457 or Mobile: (604) 788-5379
    www.rbauction.com
    or
    Jana Rock Construction, Inc.
    Rocky Luiere
    President
    (702) 739-7394 or Mobile: (702) 400-1373