Auctioneers might move to Lewis County

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers could relocate to Lewis County from Maytown and begin construction at their new site in 2011.

Lewis County commissioners took the first step Monday to bring Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers to a proposed 100- to 120-acre site off of Interstate 5 from Koontz Road to U.S. Highway 12.

If the county’s recommendation is approved, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneering will submit its application and begin the process to relocate from its 40-acre location, which a company spokesman said has grown too small.

If relocated, the company would bring 15 to 25 full-time jobs and 50 to 100 part-time jobs during auctions.