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Equipment Auctioned Off After Luzerne County Plant Closes

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HANOVER TOWNSHIP - After 68 years of manufacturing commercial refrigerators at Penn Refrigeration, auctioneers sold off the remaining equipment and replacement parts left inside the shuttered plant on Thursday morning.

Nearly 40 employees were laid off from the plant last November and the commercial refrigerator maker close down a short time later.

Jerry Gillis told Newswatch 16 that he was excited to purchase parts at a discounted price, but he was disappointed to see another family-owned business shut down.

"I have auctionitis. I love going to auctions. I`m retired. I love going to auctions, picking up equipment, take it home to my shop, play around with it and fix it up,” said Gillis. "It`s a shame. Where are the jobs? Everything`s going, its bad. Younger generations, I don`t know where they're going to find jobs at. I don`t know."