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Mills gear auctioned tomorrow and Thursday

MILLS Transport gear will go under the hammer this week in a Grays Online auction.

The traditional type auction to be held at 15 Mayfield St in Murwillumbah will be undertaken over two days - tomorrow Wednesday February 10 and Thursday February 11.

Richard Skellern from Grays Online said there was about 100 people viewing the range of gear today and he expected 300-400 bidders for the auction.

"I expect it to be a good day," he siad.

Mr Skellern is a former director of DMS Davlan which was purchased by Grays last year.

He said the Mills company was a well-respected business with 91 years' experience so it was a real honour to be chosen.

"It's a bit of an honour for them to choose us for their sale."

Wednesday's auction will see workshop equipment, welders, spare parts, office furniture, diesel tanks, a portable office, forklifts, vehicles and collectables.

One item of interest is a collectable illuminated Golden Fleece Fuel Station sign.

Golden Fleece sign up for auction. Photo Contributed
Golden Fleece sign up for auction. Photo Contributed Contributed

Mr Skellern said he had done a few transport auctions in the past months due to businesses folding, and he was glad the Mills story was different.

Mills Transport made the decision to cease trading in August last year after a 91 years' operating in the NSW Northern Rivers' region.

The doors shut on Friday September 25 for the last time.

Family owners said "their investment in transport was no longer supported by the returns offered by the market".

Reg Mills said the business was no longer viable and it was difficult decision to stop trading.

Four generations of the family had run the company since it started in 1924, the business employed more than 100 staff when they made the decision.

Thursday's auction will see prime movers, rigid trucks and trailers up for auction.

Mills Kenworth for sale in the auction. Photo Contributed
Mills Kenworth for sale in the auction. Photo Contributed Contributed

For the rigids there's 10 items all up including three Kenworth T480 with tautliners.

If you're in the market for a new trailer there's heaps to choose from with five Freighter B-double tautliners, nine Freighter 45' tautliner semi-trailers, a Mills 41' flat top semi, a Vawdrey 45' flat top semi and more.

Trailers for sale when Mills gear goes up for auction. Photo Contributed
Trailers for sale when Mills gear goes up for auction. Photo Contributed Contributed

There's 12 forklifts, four utes, Kenworth spare parts, 10 welders, the list goes on.

You can inspect the items from 8pm tomorrow and Thursday and the auctions start 10am tomorrow and Thursday.

Nothing in the auction has a reserve price.

More information at Gray's Online.

Big Rigs

Topics:  auction, grays online, mills transport, transport, trucks


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