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Large selection of concrete pump trucks and heavy equipment to be sold in Ritchie Bros. Fort Worth unreserved auction.

The three-day public auction includes everything from "big-iron" equipment to "work-ready" concrete pump trucks and concrete pumping equipment

FORT WORTH, TX, May 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA), the world's largest industrial auctioneer, is conducting a three-day, multi-million dollar truck and equipment auction at the Company's permanent auction site in Fort Worth, Texas from Wednesday, May 6 to Friday, May 8, 2009 starting at 8:00 a.m. each day. More than 2,100 truck and equipment items including 36 concrete pump trucks will be sold during the auction to the highest bidders with no minimum bids or reserve prices. Construction equipment will be sold on Day 1 (May 6th) and Day 2 (May 7th) of the auction. The concrete pump trucks and other concrete pumping equipment, part of a complete dispersal of the previous assets of Pumpco Inc., a concrete pumping service company with operations in the Ft. Worth area, will be sold on Day 3 (May 8th) of the auction.

"The auction is shaping up very nicely and includes a bit of everything for buyers. We'll have a lot of "big iron" pieces used in all sectors of the construction industry in addition to a good selection of trucks and trailers including the 36 concrete pump trucks," said Kieran Holm, Area Manager, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. "The auction will be a fantastic opportunity for contractors in the concrete pumping industry seeking to upgrade or expand their fleet to do so. Ritchie Bros. will even have Pumpco representatives in the yard a week prior to auction day providing equipment demonstrations so prospective buyers can determine the condition of these pump trucks for themselves."

The majority of the concrete pumps are mounted on a Mack chassis and manufactured by Putzmeister, Schwing and Concord - three of the largest and most recognized concrete pump manufacturers in the world. The many other types of trucks being sold in the auction include 100 truck tractors, 90 pickup trucks, 40 water trucks, 40 flatbed trucks, 30 dump trucks and 25 articulated dump trucks.

The unreserved auction will also feature a very diverse selection of industrial equipment including larger, heavy-duty construction items from more than 300 consignors including Graham Brothers Construction Inc., Hoss Equipment, Austin Bridge & Road, Flint Energy Services Inc., NPL Construction Company, Lone Star Infrastructure JV and United Rentals, Inc. Some of the equipment highlights include more than 60 loader backhoes, 55 hydraulic excavators, 50 crawler tractors, 40 wheel loaders, 30 motor scrapers and 25 motor graders.
 Auction details:
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 - Location: 6050 Azle Ave, Lake Worth, TX 76135-2603
 Sale Site Tel: + 1.817.237.6544
 - Time and date: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 to Friday, May 8, 2009 starting
 at 8:00 a.m. each day
 - Open to the public; registration to bid is free
 - Interested buyers can register to bid in person or over the internet
 days before the auction. Visit the auction site to register to bid in
 person; photo I.D. is required. Customers can inspect equipment
 during regular business hours leading up to the auction. Concrete
 pump truck demonstrations will be held in the auction yard every day
 starting on May 2, 2009 through to auction day.
 - Internet bidders must register online before auction day at
 http://www.rbauction.com/; at least 2-3 business days is strongly recommended
 for first-time internet bidders
 - Equipment details, including photos of equipment and the concrete
 pump trucks, are available on the Ritchie Bros. web site:
 http://www.rbauction,com/

 About Ritchie Bros.




Established in 1958, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA) is the world's largest industrial auctioneer, selling more equipment to on-site and online bidders than any other company in the world. The Company has over 110 locations in more than 25 countries, including 38 auction sites worldwide. Ritchie Bros. sells, through unreserved public auctions, a broad range of used and unused industrial assets, including equipment, trucks and other assets utilized in the construction, transportation, agricultural, material handling, mining, forestry, petroleum and marine industries. The Company maintains a web site at http://www.rbauction.com/ and sponsors an equipment wiki at http://www.ritchiewiki.com/.

CONTACT: Kim Schulz, Corporate Communications Manager, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Phone (604) 788-5379 or email kschulz@rbauction.com; Or Kieran Holm, Area Manager, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Fort Worth Auction sale site, tel: (817) 238-9898 or toll free: 1-800-969-0226
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