CHARLESTON, W.Va. --More than fifty years of a Charleston business' history and tons of printing equipment will be auctioned off Friday.
Auctioneers will sell about 150 items -- including five presses - starting at 10 a.m. at Color Craft Printing, at 3126 Seventh Ave. in Charleston. Doors will open at 8 a.m.
Color Craft Printing, formerly known as Miller Printing, closed over the summer after more than 50 years in business. Bob Thompson bought the company in 1999.
In 2006, while Thompson was building a house at Trace Fork, a four-ton steamroller fell onto his chest, paralyzing him. He was carrying his 6-year-old son on his lap at the time, but the boy escaped injury. Thompson has been confined to a wheelchair since the incident.
"I've not been able to be active in the business because of my limitations," Thompson said Thursday.
The business closed on Aug. 24.
The company's equipment has drawn interest from all over the world, said Marvin Schiff of Cleveland-based Rosen & Company, which is handling the auction with auctioneer Buddy Barton.
Schiff said businesses from places including India, Colombia, Canada and Great Britain have expressed interest in buying the equipment. Between 100 and 200 bidders are expected to bid either in person, by proxy or online, Schiff said.
The sale is not limited to printing professionals.
"We have lots of stuff that people can use that aren't in the printing industry, even holiday gifts," Schiff said.
Office furniture, two vans, forklifts, filing cabinets, computers, refrigerators, tools and toolboxes, cleaning supplies, and ladders are some of the other items that will be sold at auction.