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GovPlanet Enters Third Year with DLA Contract Extension, the Launch of GovPlanet EU and New Solutions Suited for Federal, State and Local Entities

Posted by IronPlanet on Oct 3, 2016 6:00:00 AM

GovPlanet to Exhibit at Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition, October 3 - 5, 2016 in Washington DC


PLEASANTON, Calif. – GovPlanet, an IronPlanet® marketplace dedicated to selling used government equipment for federal, state and municipal entities, celebrates the second anniversary of its launch and enters its third year as an expanded solutions platform that reaches buyers around the world from online auctions in the U.S. and Europe.


“Our growth both geographically and through our product offerings underscores the success of GovPlanet in just two short years,” said Jeff Holmes, senior vice president, Government Solutions and Auction Management, IronPlanet. “Since launching in November 2014 and selling the very first Humvee in a public auction with more than 100,000 attendees online that day, to where we are today selling construction equipment, trucks, pump and power gear, and other surplus items with remaining useful life to our 1.5 million registered users around the world is truly rewarding.


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Topics: Press Releases, Government Surplus, Events

IronPlanet Introduces IronPlanet® LiveStream™ the Next Generation of Online Bidding for Live Auctions

Posted by IronPlanet on Sep 8, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Debuts in Dallas-Fort Worth Cat Auction Services Construction Equipment Sale
at Texas Motor Speedway


Headlines a Week of 3,500 Items for Sale Across IronPlanet, GovPlanet, Leake Auto, Kruse Energy and Cat Auction Services sales

PLEASANTON, Calif. – IronPlanet®, a leading online marketplace for selling and buying used equipment and other durable assets, today announced IronPlanet® LiveStreamTM the next generation in online bidding for live on-site auctions. IronPlanet LiveStream builds on IronPlanet’s leading online technology with new live on-site auction features for buyers who need to stay in the field, on the job, or who prefer the convenience of buying online.


“IronPlanet LiveStream is as close to being in the room with an auctioneer as an experienced buyer could want,” said IronPlanet Chief Marketing Officer, Matt Ackley. “We’ve taken that live on-site knowledge and used our online marketplace expertise to provide a best-in-class experience that our 1.5 million registered users can tap into for any live on-site sale. What’s important is that we’ve integrated our industry leading online bidding process, PriorityBidding, into the ring at a live sale.”

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Topics: Press Releases, Auctions, Government Surplus, Events, Heavy Equipment, Cat Auction Services

Four Reasons to Buy a Classic Car at the Leake Auction

Posted by IronPlanet on Sep 7, 2016 2:00:00 PM

True fact: everybody wants a classic car. Here are four reasons you should make this your own September to remember when you purchase your dream car online or in person at the Leake and IronPlanet auction in Detroit on Friday and Saturday, September 9 and 10. 

1. It's economically sensible. A new car depreciates by approximately 11 percent the minute you drive it off the lot. A classic car gains value by the day. A 1965 Mustang Fastback cost around $3,500. Now, depending on the condition, it can bring around $50,000! 

2. The Batmobile. Steve McQueen's Mustang GT fastback. Starsky and Hutch's 1975 Gran Torino. You are a reflection of the company you keep. That includes your car.

3. You need a trusty sidekick. Like Thelma and Louise and that turquoise Thunderbird, it's vital to have a distinctive car to take you on your adventure. 

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Topics: Trucks, Events

Auctioneering: a One-on-One Conversation with 1,000 People

Posted by IronPlanet on Sep 3, 2016 2:20:00 PM

Listening to an auctioneer do his or her thing is as much fun as bidding. The patter (or chant,  in auctioneer lingo) entices buyers into a game of call-and-response, the speed creates excitement. 

So how great is it that IronPlanet has both heavy equipment and talented auctioneers who make selling it an art form?

A lifetime in the business has given Dustin Rogers, lead auctioneer for Cat Auction Services, knowledge in every corner of auctioneering. He's sensitive to circumstances surrounding the sale, can spot a cautious bidder from 20 paces, and knows how to use technology to generate sales. A third generation auctioneer, he learned and shaped his chant by listening to his grandfather, father, and other callers since he was old enough to help out around the event.

Listening shaped his style; practice made him fast. Like zero-to-90 fast. Dustin has won trophies as First Runner-Up in the Men's International Auctioneer Champion competition for the past two years in a row. 

What bidders see at auction is the product of a ton of work that took place leading up to the marquee event. For weeks before, there are client meetings, contract writing, marketing, venue setup and good old schlepping. Dustin spoke (at regular speed) about his experience in auctioneering and what it takes to make a great auction company.

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Topics: Auctions, Events

Forklifts and Faux Fur; Burning Man Loves Heavy Machinery

Posted by IronPlanet on Aug 30, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Understandable that Labor Day is IronPlanet's favorite holiday. But while the staff strings colored lights on a forklift while singing "Gramma Got Run Over By a John Deere" and buys gifts at this week's auction, a whole subsection of people are celebrating Labor Day in a spectacular - some might say insane - way.

At this very moment about 70,000 artists, builders, and innovators are making their way to the bolt of sun and hardpan that is Black Rock Playa in Nevada. Burning Man, the annual art laboratory and pop-up metropolis that will completely ghost by this time next week, is taking place as we speak.

Cities don't just happen no matter how fabulous the art is, and that's where Stinky Pirate, Chaos, and the Heavy Machinery camp comes in. Situated right on the main drag, it's a working crew and a theme camp with reach forks, boom lifts, and skid steers; the flame throwers are purely for atmoshpere. 

Here's a great story about Rick Rea, the "mechanical Confucius of the desert" (insert Kung Fu-style bamboo flute sound) who goes to Burning Man every year to make sure the heavy equipment from United Rentals runs smoothly in the harsh, gritty playa. His understanding of machines and their "fixes" is almost mystical. Ether, for example. That's all I'm sayin'.



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Topics: Events, Heavy Equipment, Equipment Maintenance

Happy 100th Birthday National Parks!

Posted by IronPlanet on Aug 25, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Yosemite, have you been working out? You've never looked better.  Holy smokes Great Smokies, it's been too long since we've gone on a hike. And Badlands, you are bad as you want to be, and I mean that in the nicest possible way.

Today marks the National Parks' official 100th birthday, which, in our humble opinion, deserves a shout out. Our 405 National Parks have been inspiring, teaching, and challenging visitors every day. The Grand CanyonFlorida Everglades, and Yosemite get a lot of play, but significant historical sites like the Rosie the Riveter museum in Richmond, CA, and the Civil War battleground of Shiloh, TN are National Parks, too.

You don't get to be 100 and playing host to 753,022 visitors a day (give or take) without needing a little work. Tucks here and there are done with pulaskis and chainsaws, but major work happens under the skilled hands of  heavy equipment operators. Projects using construction equipment rehabilitate natural resources, maintain roads and buildings, and move debris from fires and other disasters, among other jobs. Trails projects clear trees and underbrush to make hiking safer.

The National Parks, along with the posse of people who care about its buildings and landscapes, will wow visitors for generations to come. 

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Topics: Events, Heavy Equipment

IronPlanet Introduces GovPlanet Direct to Meet Surplus Asset Disposal Needs of All Public Sector Entities

Posted by IronPlanet on Jun 20, 2016 6:00:00 AM

IronPlanet Named NJPA Contract Award Vendor


GovPlanet Debuts GovPlanet Direct at Government Fleet Expo & Conference


PLEASANTON, Calif. – IronPlanet®, a leading online marketplace for selling and buying used equipment and other durable assets, today introduced GovPlanet DirectSM, a new self-listing service as part of its marketplace for public sector entities. GovPlanet Direct is being offered to government entities under IronPlanet’s GovPlanet® brand, which is dedicated to government surplus disposition. IronPlanet also announced that it has been named an NJPA Awarded Contract Vendor by the National Joint Powers Alliance®. GovPlanet representatives will be demonstrating GovPlanet Direct at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference in Nashville starting today, June 20.


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Topics: Press Releases, Government Surplus, Events, In the News

Huge Two-Day Sale Features Nearly 2,000 Items on June 16-17

Posted by IronPlanet on Jun 14, 2016 7:34:27 PM

Join us Thursday and Friday, June 16-17 for our huge two-day used equipment auction with nearly 2,000 items for sale.This week, we are having a quarry, aggregate and mining equipment auction, complete dispersal sale from JEM Contracting and a complete liquidation sale from RJS Construction. Not in the market for mining equiment? Look for our professionally maintained fleet from Walmart, featuring Peterbilt, Freightliner, Kenworth, International and Ottowa tractors. All equipment comes with IronPlanet’s IronClad Assurance® equipment condition certification which gives you the confidence to buy online knowing that the equipment has an accurate representation of equipment condition. Preview equipment here and get ready to bid.


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Topics: Auctions, Events

RJS Construction Group holds Two-Day Full Liquidation Auction of 500+ Items Online at, June 16-17

Posted by IronPlanet on Jun 13, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Onsite Preview Monday through Wednesday, June 13-15; Register today to Bid Online




IronPlanet®, a leading online marketplace for selling and buying used equipment and other durable assets announces that it is conducting a two-day complete liquidation sale for RJS Construction Group, LLC of Superior Wisconsin, June 16-17.


RJS Construction Group has served the Superior region for more than 60 years and is selling more than 500 pieces of equipment.


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Topics: Press Releases, Auctions, Events, Heavy Equipment

Preview Equipment: CAS Onsite Auction in St. Augustine on June 8

Posted by IronPlanet on Jun 7, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Join us tomorrow, June 8 as IronPlanet marketplace Cat Auction Services holds a live, Unreserved Public Auction in St. Augustine, Florida. If you plan to attend in person, be sure to register ahead of time and preview equipment onsite. If you're planning to bid online, all items are now available to view on along with our IronClad Assurance inspection reports.  Our site is all set, hope to see you there!



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Topics: Auctions, Events, Cat Auction Services

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