Client Testimonials


“From the initial meeting through the final calculations of items sold, Tristate Auction Company conducted itself professionally in all aspects of the auction process.  This was my first experience dealing with an equipment auction and James and his staff did a great job of preparing the equipment for sale, making sure all descriptions were accurately portrayed for the buyers, and highly visible to all buyers.  His recommendation to me throughout the process proved to be very beneficial in the results of the auction.  I was very pleased with James and his entire staff and will certainly use them if the need arises again.”

John Morgan

Creedmoor Forest Products

“James Savage and Tristate-Auction are without a doubt the best auction service in the country. I live 350 miles from the location of the equipment that was to be auctioned and James and Sandra were of immeasurable value in helping me navigate through a complicated and at times somewhat contentious situation involving the prior owner of the equipment. Tristate then spent considerable time cleaning and preparing the equipment for sale as well as time mowing and preparing the auction site which had become somewhat overgrown. James went beyond the call of duty by personally driving a large track cutter with one non-functioning track down from the top of a very steep mini-mountain where it had essentially been abandoned by the prior owner. I should also note that I found Tristate’s rank and file employees to be hard working, friendly, and cooperative. I really do not think you can find any auction company that does a better or more thorough job than Tristate.”


Michael Blakesley

Kentucky Bio Mass


“James Savage continues the tradition of the Kimbel family maintaining the same standard of professional ethics and values. James has more sawmill auction experience than anyone in the industry. All you have to do is attend one of the major competitor’s sales and you will see why Tristate remains the leader.”


Ken Dickert,

President, Ben Jones Machinery



Whether you are in New York, Texas, Virginia, or just around the corner, Tri-State Auction will come to you & do the best job possible with great results.

We feel the auction that you held at Taz Hardwood was very successful. Tri-State Auction did an excellent job at cleaning, selling & advertising. We give Tri-State Auction the highest recommendation and please feel free to tell anyone that we recommend Tri-State highly.

Darrell E. Reckart, President
Reckart Equipment
Beverly, WV

“I have dealt with a great many auctioneers over the years in association with my law practice. I want you to know that my partners in EKM and I were extremely pleased with the results. The professionalism of your employees and their hard work in preparing these items for auction should make you very proud of your organization and its employees”.

James O. McDonald,
McDonald Law Office
Everett, Everett & McDonald
Terre Haute, IN


“I want to thank you and the rest of your staff for an outstanding job. The proceeds from the auction were right on target with what we expected. The manner in which you at Tri-State performed was outstanding. We thank you kindly for your help in the sales.”

George P. Ramsey, III,
Taylor-Ramsey Corp.
Lynchburg, Virginia


 “I would like to thank you, Johnny, and the rest of your staff for an exceptional job. It has been a unique pleasure meeting and working with your family and company. Tri-State came highly recommended and we were not disappointed. You run a professional, top notch operation and I believe we made the right choice in selecting Tri-State to handle our auction. You know your business and know it well.”

Bruce Kirk, President,
Kirk Lumber Co., Suffolk, Virginia.

 “Great Job. We are very satisfied, Thanks”

Gregory Lumber Co., Inc.


“Making the decision to sell your family business after 37 years is a hard decision to grasp. I want to thank you all for the service and guidance you gave me to come out on top.”

Daren Payne
Payne Sawmill
Maryville, TN


“Thanks Again! The auction was a great success. Your company did everything you said you would and more.”
Mack English
Mooresburg, TN


“We want to thank you for having our auction and doing such a great job. We were very pleased with the results.”
Cecil & Sandra Williams
Ace Log & Lumber Co.
Higbee, MO


“Please allow us the opportunity to thank you for conducting the recent auction of our company. We appreciate the professionalism of your staff and the accuracy of your quotation with respect to the value of our equipment and real estate. We were pleased with the sale and very much appreciate your expertise in making our auction a success.”
Robin Hayes
S & L Crate Co.
Clarksburg, TN


“We appreciate the professional way that you handled our machinery auction. The preparation for it was great. The people that came in & washed the equipment were really nice and did a super job. I would recommend your company to anyone that is selling their equipment. We were really pleased with the outcome.”

Buddy & Janis Davis
Davis Brothers, Inc. Evergreen, NC


“I was most impressed with the meticulous preparation of equipment your group displayed. Steam cleaning an entire mill complex is no small task, but it paid off on auction day. Your people understand the value of presentation.”
Jeff Beck
Lyons Equipment Co.
Branch Manger


“Thank you and your staff for the very efficient manner for handling our recent equipment auction. Your ads brought in buyers from several states and we were most pleased with the overall sales results. Everyone was very friendly and helpful.”

Anthony & Tim Knight
Knight Enterprises, Inc. Selmer, TN

“I am pleased to inform all of you at Tri-State that I was very pleased with the way the auction was handled. You did a good job as you have in the past. This is your fifth auction which you have handled for me. Each time I am amazed and pleased at how well you handle and auction and the professional manner with which you do so.”

Melvin Reeves, President & CEO
Thomson Oak Flooring Co.
Thomson, Georgia.


“We found Tri-State auction not only a pleasure to work with, but they are very professional and thorough. They were very pleasant to have here and to work with before and after the sale.”

Marvin & Jerry Richards
Mark Twain Forest Products
Centerville, MO

“Thanks so much Johnny, Sandra and the whole gang at Tri-State who did such an excellent job in auctioning our equipment. Your service and performance were second to none. I was amazed at the hours of work you put in before, during and after the auction. Your ability to review, organize and advertise and execute your plan is nothing short of amazing. We appreciate so much the exceptional job you did for us. We would be happy to sing your praises to anyone who is looking for an auction company. I can’t imagine anyone doing a better job!”

Rocky Gamblin, Controller
Scott Industries, Inc.
Henderson, KY

“We would like to thank you for everything! Your company made the sale of our mill a smooth transaction. We have attended other auctions done by other companies, but none can compare to Tri-State. Your company has showed us nothing but kindness since the first time we contacted you and we would recommend anyone who was considering the sale of their business to use your company.”

Martin Worley, President,
Eddie Worley, VP
Worley Logging, Inc.
W & W Forest Products
Canton, NC