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Rudolph lights up the night sky

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – He's back in Lufkin, lighting up the night sky.

Rudolph the red-nosed pumping unit stands proudly at the Lufkin mall.

It's the 44th year Lufkin Industries workers have set up Rudolph.

It takes a crew two and a half days to put Rudolph together and there are more than 1,200 7-watt lights on his body.

After the display is dismantled in January, Rudolph will become a working pumping unit in the oil patch.

"This unit behind me, we make hundreds and hundreds of these each year and send them all over the world and they supply jobs to the people here in Lufkin, Texas," said Paul Perez, Vice President and General Counsel for Lufkin Industries.

At the lighting, Santa was of course there handing out free milk and cookies to the kids.

The Lufkin community band and a choir entertained crowds performing holiday favorites.

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