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Electrolux celebrates Orange factory anniversary with fridge art

The soon-to-close Electrolux factory in Orange will soon be 70 years old and will celebrate with a Refrigerator art display.

The ABC reports that seven artists and five high school students will take part in the project. Their task will be to turn fridge doors into things of beauty.

The project is being overseen by Ron Finch, the compliance and contractor manager at Electrolux.

Finch told the ABC that local Central West artists, Ted Lewis, Loretta Blake and Eris Fleming are involved, as well as Sydney artists Peter Griffen, Ian Chapman and Denis Clarke, and Gabrielle Jones from the Blue Mountains.

And the local school students on board come from Kinross Wolaroi, Anglican Grammar, Canobolas Rural Technology, James Sheehan and Orange High School.

"Everyone has been very enthusiastic and are excited about the concept and the challenge of painting the fridge doors," Finch said.

Electrolux’s Orange factory has been operating since 1946.The decision to shut it down was made by the Swedish parent company in October 2013. It will close its gates for good next year, most likely in May.

Just last week the last 420-litre top-mount Westinghouse fridge rolled off the production line. All of the factory’s casual staff will finish up at the end of the month, followed by full-time employees.

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