New Owner Plans To Dismantle Coal Breaker, Sell Steel For Scrap

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ASHLEY – The new owners of an anthracite coal breaker in Luzerne County said they plan to dismantle the historic structure and selling hundreds of tons of steel for scrap.

An attorney for Paselo Logistics in Philadelphia said the $1.2 million deal to purchase the Huber Breaker and 8-acre property in Ashley was finalized in bankruptcy court.

The chairman of the Huber Breaker Preservation Society told Newswatch 16 that he’s disappointed the battle to save the breaker is over, but he’s hoping the new owners will try to salvage any mining artifacts that may be found inside.

“At the time when it was built, it was the largest and most modern breaker in the world, capable of producing a thousand ton of coal and hour,” said Ray Clarke. “I just felt that it deserved to be saved, and to keep the memory of the miners that worked and died in there. The felt house, the Sterling. Nobody seems to want to save anything that`s historical.”

People who live in Ashley say the breaker attracted vandals and vagrants, but they’re saddened that the local landmark couldn’t be preserved.

"The building is decrepit. It`s falling apart and it is a danger. There`s teenagers hanging out in there,” said Dennis Sheehan. “It`s historical and it`s interesting. It`s a part of the history of Ashley. It`s going to be a shame to see it go."

An attorney for the new owners told Newswatch 16 that work to dismantle the Huber Breaker isn’t expected to start until next year, and the new owners are unsure of what they’ll do with the property after it is cleaned up.

The producers of a documentary about the Huber breaker took some video inside. Click below to watch.

Flying-The-Breaker from John Welsh on Vimeo.


  • Tom

    Oh no! This is so sad! Now where are all the meth and heroin addicts going to go? First the Sterling, now the Breaker!

  • Tim Balliet

    Well, while I would think this should be maintained as a part of our local history, we continue to allow the landmarks of our past to slip away and the financial situation this country is in certainly will not allow any more expenditures … we can only hope that the history, pictures and memories continue to be passed on and that we do not forget what once made this country great …..
    We need to also hold the owners accountable to the history they are destroying. We manage to have regulations for everything else, there should be something established that would force the owners to pay back for the destruction of our history and force them to give any benefit of the destruction to someone to preserve the history with pictures, stories and education or other ways ….

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