August Business News

August 2010 Vol. 65 No. 8
Leo Hawkes of Volvo Financial Services.

News from Ritchie Bros., Wacker Neuson, Caterpillar, Komatsu, Utilicor Technologies, Ditch Witch Midwest, Driver Pipeline, LAN, ISCO Industries, Ernst & Young, Volvo and Takeuchi-US.

Ritchie Bros.
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has submitted a Special Use Permit (SUP) to Lewis County officials in efforts to continue to make the state of Washington home to the company's Northwest operations. For more than two years, Ritchie Bros. has performed a search to find a suitable site that met company criteria to relocate from a location in Olympia. This search also included the evaluation of expansion opportunities at its current location, which resulted in no achievable or viable options. In doing this search, the company has identified a proposed relocation site in Lewis County, which meets its criteria. This site is situated just south of Napavine on the west side of Interstate 5, which is accessible via Exit 68.

Ritchie Bros. has been holding unreserved public auctions in the state of Washington for more than 38 years. Moving the company's Northwestern operations to Lewis County would signify the continuing growth of a well-established relationship between the state and Ritchie Bros. and would also serve to continue with the company's long-standing customer relationships in the region.

"We really hope that we can continue to call the state of Washington our home for many years to come," said Scott Lennon, Ritchie Bros. real estate manager. "Our hope is to hold a groundbreaking ceremony at the new property by the end of this year and hold a grand opening auction - inviting the community and our new neighbors - by the end of 2011."

One of the more outstanding features of the Lewis County property plans proposed by Ritchie Bros. is the design of a storm water system that meets - and in some cases exceeds - county and state requirements for stormwater control. Robert Balmelli, president of Lewis County-based RB Engineering, will be leading the proposed water system project at the potential property.

"We will be using a higher standard of storm water design than the county requires so that there is no damage to the downstream off-site drainage ways or streams," said Balmelli. "Additionally, we will be installing a state-approved water system on-site that uses a year-round water supply of approximately 750 gallons per day."

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