Bolus Auctioning Off Truck Fleet, Parts

December 5, 2018 GMT

SCRANTON — Businessman Bob Bolus is holding a “retirement auction” of about 1,000 items from his trucking business. Going on the auction block: wreckers, rollbacks, rolloffs, tractors, dump trucks, pickups, vans and buses, as well as flatbed, gooseneck, refrigerated and van trailers, a loader, new Mack and Peterbilt parts, accessories and construction equipment, according to ads for a Dec. 14 auction at 9:30 a.m. at 20 Freeport Road in Pittston Twp. The ads were placed in newspapers, including The Sunday Times, a Times-Shamrock newspaper, and on the website of Alex Lyon & Son Sales Managers and Auctioneers Inc. of Bridgeport, New York. Not going on the auction block: Bolus’ three tractor trailers emblazoned with political images and sayings in fulsome praise of President Donald Trump and harshly critical of Democrats. During the 2016 presidential campaign and continuing into the 2018 general election season, Bolus has put his pro-Trump tractor trailers on the map — figuratively and literally — by traveling thousands of miles throughout the nation to GOP events, trolling Democratic events, and garnering public and media attention. Bolus is not ready to part with the Trump trucks, he said Tuesday in a phone interview. “I don’t know if I’m selling them yet. People want them. I’ve had calls from all over — Texas, California, Ohio, Indiana, Florida — from people to buy them,” Bolus said. Citing a pending bankruptcy for his need for an auction, Bolus blamed local politics in Lackawanna County and Scranton for his financial woes. He intends to eventually retire to Florida. Another ad in The Sunday Times promoted a separate Bolus auction on Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. at 20 Freeport Road in Pittston Twp., of five of Bolus’ properties in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe and Susquehanna counties. But Bolus has since put this real estate auction on hold, because he said he has received interest in the properties from prospective buyers. If sales of these properties don’t pan out, Bolus may put them up for auction after all, he said. These properties include: a former church in Scranton at Fifth Avenue and Broadway Street; a 5-acre commercial property in Jessup with 80,000 square feet of artificial turf and an office/storage building; a 21-acre farm in Thompson, Susquehanna County; a truck shop building in Coolbaugh Twp., Monroe County; and a former gas station property in Sugarloaf Twp. Contact the writer: jlockwood@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5185; @jlockwoodTT