BSC America Auction Group said Thursday that its new facilities for the Bel Air Auto Auction in Belcamp, Md., will welcome customers in September following several years of planning and 24 months of construction.
Bel Air’s new 185-acre location will also house BSC America’s corporate headquarters and regional staff, according to the company.
The auction will host its first regular sale at its new facility on Sept. 14. The sale will begin with breakfast in the lanes at 8 a.m., followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m.
“The new auction will be able to accommodate continued growth in the marketplace and allow us to serve better our customers’ needs with ease and efficiency in a new state-of-the-art auction facility,” BSC America chief executive officer Raymond Nichols said in a news release.
Bel Air’s new location includes a new 75,000 square foot, 10-lane auction facility and a 50,000 square-foot Vehicle Enhancement Center that includes a mechanical shop, body shop, recon center, paint booths and imaging center.
Before the inaugural sale, BSC America has also planned a series of special events to commemorate Bel Air’s new location.
To give customers an in-depth look at the new site, on Sept. 13, the auction will host a preview and happy hour event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The night will include food, refreshments and facility tours.
“Our objective is to provide large, modern auction facilities centrally located in the Mid-Atlantic Region near Bel Air, Maryland just off I-95 to better serve our sellers and buyers. We will provide a convenient environment for our customers and for our employees”, Michelle Nichols-Neff, vice president of BSC America, said.
“We’re also excited about our new dealer restaurant, and customer service suites with Wi-Fi provided workstations for customers to use. Those new service facilities will be attractive and convenient for customers. They will be able to enjoy Bel Air Auto Auction’s delicious fare while attending our regular weekly Thursday auctions and the bi-weekly GM Financial Factory auction,” she said.
Additionally, the auction has planned a two-day grand opening celebration in October that will feature both a GM Financial Closed Sale at 10 a.m. on Oct. 18 and a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. that evening.
The following day, on Oct. 19, Bel Air will hold its annual Harvest and Grand Opening Sale, which will include the season’s largest consignment of vehicles and a special Classic Car Event, according to BSC America.
A GM Financial Closed Sale on Sept. 6 will be the final regular sale at the current Bel Air facility in Bel Air, Md., followed by the last regularly held Weekly Consignment Sale on Sept. 7.
In addition to monthly specialty auctions, BSC America said it will continue to host sales at their Edgewood, Md., location on Thursdays at 8 a.m.
“It has taken us many years of planning and a tremendous amount of work on the part of everyone involved in the building and moving process to bring us to this exciting point in our auction’s history. We are enthused to be providing it for our customers and employees,” added Nichols.
Bel Air Auto Auction is the flagship auction of BSC America, which also operates Tallahassee Auto Auction in Tallahassee, Fla.
Note: Edited to correct date of first sale at new location, and locations of Sept. 6 and Sept. 7 sales.