A WORLD leading auctioneer from Canada has made the former Maltby Colliery site its UK headquarters.
Ritchie Bros, which buys and sells heavy machinery, will host live auctions at the former pit land, off Tickhill Road.
This will create 20 permanent jobs plus another 40 temporary ones for each of the events, the firm said.
Rupert Craven, Ritchie Bros UK sales director, said: “We’re extremely proud and excited about moving to this unique location.
“The Maltby Colliery and Rotherham region have a long and rich industrial heritage. With our auctions and events at this new site, we look forward to becoming part of the Maltby community, contributing to the local economy and industrial spirit.”
Ritchie Bros, with an annual turnover of $4.5 billion, has been active in Europe since 1987. It recently outgrew its previous UK home at Donington Park, East Midlands.
Mr Craven added: “The Maltby site will be better equipped for our future growth and will have great additional advantages for our customers.”
Planning permission has been granted for an initial 12 months, with a 25-year application expected later this year.
Cllr Denise Lelliott, cabinet member for jobs and economy, said: “This investment is very good news for the borough and presents a fantastic opportunity for job creation.
“Ritchie Bros joins a number of high profile companies that have chosen to locate in the borough in recent years, including McLaren and Boeing.
“To deliver the regeneration and re-use of a recently vacated pit site is an excellent success story for Rotherham; similar sites in neighbouring areas have been vacant for more than ten years in most instances.”