AUBURN, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- The popular Labor Day car auction in Auburn hopes a fresh start under new management will usher in a return of the glory days when the event opens to the public in three weeks.
Visitors will notice some changes right off the bat at arrival.
The condition of the Kruse Auction Park had slipped a little under the guidance of long-time auctioneer Dean Kruse.
But the new owners are pushing hard to fix some eyesores.
The first thing you notice is a completely re-paved entryway, replacing the gravel that greeted you before.
Conspicuous is the fact that the Kruse name has been removed from the sign over the entry façade.
The auction offices have also been renovated, now sporting the name Auctions America by RM, the Canadian company that bought Kruse out a couple of months back.
The main auction building has also gotten a fresh coat of asphalt flooring.
The Kruse family had shepherded the wildly popular classic car auction for decades.
Financial troubles threatened to bring it all down.
The new owners want to send a message that the event is on the comeback trail.
GM Ken Wallace/Auctions America by RM: " We've repainted all the buildings, we've actually put in crushed paved pathways into the car corral to control the dust problem. We're going through the bathrooms and re-doing a lot of the plumbing issues and straightening stuff out in that area. We're going to bring it back, hopefully bigger than it ever has been, and make it the best auction possible in the Midwest."
The auction will operate under a new schedule this year
Vehicles can be checked in starting Monday, August 30th.
But the auction will be limited to four days, Thursday September 2nd through Sunday September 5th.
The auction will not carry into Labor Day itself, which will now be reserved for tearing down, cleaning up, and people heading home.
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