The Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers in South Vienna held one of its biggest auctions Wednesday, with hundreds of ambulances from a recently dispersed ambulance company.
More than 1,900 bidders participated, according to South Vienna Ritchie Bros. Regional Operations Manager Scott McGregor.
The 375-plus emergency vehicles from MedCorp/American Ambulance Services Inc. sold from $3,000 to $50,000, “and everything in between.”
“We have a complete dispersal of medical transportation equipment,” McGregor said. “It’s a very unique event.”
Other MedCorp items were auctioned, such as heart monitors. Construction vehicles and industrial items were also included.
The Ritchie Bros. buy and auction vehicles from all over the world, originating in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
The nearly 33-acre South Vienna branch typically hosts four auctions a year, though this year it will host a fifth specializing in farming equipment.
The company brought 20 jobs to South Vienna, and auctions vehicles and equipment from all over the country.
Clark County Commissioner John Detrick first came in contact with the company about eight years ago when it was looking for property in the Columbus area. Detrick said he helped lead them to a large cornfield in Clark County that met their qualifications for space, so the company settled there.
“They are very adaptive,” Detrick said. “The buy out from all over.”
The company also repairs and rehabs vehicles at the South Vienna location.
“We can do about any sort of work out there,” McGregor said. “Most of it is cleaning and detailing.”
The company’s move to the area was helpful to the community, Detrick said.
“They brought jobs to Clark County,” he said.
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