2017

After receiving unconditional clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice, Ritchie Bros. completed its acquisition of IronPlanet on May 31. It was the largest acquisition in company history and began a new era of delivering unprecedented choice to our customers. On June 20, the executive leadership group rang the ceremonial bell at the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate the historic acquisition.

2016

Ritchie Bros. made some significant corporate developments in 2016, including the announcement of its impending acquisition IronPlanet, a leading online marketplace for used heavy equipment. The company also acquired Mascus, one of the world's leading online equipment listing services, as well as the remaining minority interest of Ritchie Bros. Financial Services, providing the company 100% ownership. Ritchie Bros. also acquired Petrowsky Auctioneers and Kramer Auctions to help bolster its auction presence in the New England region of the United States and the Canadian agricultural market.

2015

Ritchie Bros. held 345 auctions in 2015, including its largest-ever, single-consignor auction in Casper, WY on March 25, selling US$54 million of cranes, trucks and trailers in one day

2014

First US$4 billion year

In 2014, Ritchie Bros. launches a new online marketplace at EquipmentOne.com, and sells US$4 billion of equipment in one year for the first time.

2013

First auctions in China

In 2013, Ritchie Bros. holds its first auction in China, in the city of Beijing.

2011

US$1 billion of equipment sold online

Ritchie Bros. sells US$1 billion of equipment to online bidders before year end.

2010

21-language website launched

Ritchie Bros. launches a new website at rbauction.com, featuring equipment search in 21 languages, online bidding in 7 languages and new saved search and watchlist functionality.

2008

First US$1 billion quarter

Ritchie Bros. sells US$1 billion of equipment in one quarter for the first time in 2005.

2004

TSX listing

Ritchie Bros. is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

2003

First auction in Africa

Ritchie Bros. holds its first auction in Africa in 2003, in Durban, South Africa.

2002

Online bidding service introduced

In 2002 Ritchie Bros. introduces its real-time online bidding service, making it easier for buyers to participate in auctions all over the world - in person or online.

1998

NYSE listing and first US$1 billion year

In 1998 Ritchie Bros. becomes a publicly listed company on the New York Stock Exchange, and records annual equipment sales of US$1 billion for the first time.

1997

First auction in the Middle East

Ritchie Bros. conducts its first auction in the Middle East in 1997, in Dubai's Jebel Ali Free Zone.

1994

First auction in Asia

In 1994, Ritchie Bros. conducts its first auction in Asia, in Subic Bay, the Philippines.

1990

First auction in Australia

Ritchie Bros. goes down under and holds its first Australian auction in Perth, Western Australia in 1990.

1987

First auctions in Europe

In 1987 Ritchie Bros. conducts its first auctions in Europe - in Liverpool, United Kingdom and in Moerdijk, the Netherlands.

1976

First permanent auction site

With its unreserved auctions well accepted within Canada, Ritchie Bros. opens its first permanent auction site - in Edmonton, Alberta.

1970

Expansion to the United States

As demand for the company's unreserved auction services increase, Ritchie Bros. begins to expand across Canada and into the United States, holding its first U.S. auction in Beaverton, Oregon in 1970. 

1963

First major equipment auction

The brothers soon progress beyond furniture and begin conducting more regular auctions. In 1963 they conduct their first major unreserved industrial auction in BC, selling US$600,000 worth of equipment.

1958

First unreserved auction

Ritchie Bros. begins as a small family-run business in Kelowna, BC, Canada. The three Ritchie brothers—Ken, Dave, John—conduct their first unreserved auction.