Sudlersville’s Har­bor Sales holds open house

Record Observer - - News - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­

SUDLERSVILLE — Look­ing for a cus­tom made sign, gear or pro­to­type for your pro­ject? Har­bor Sales in Sudlersville, a com­pany that has been in busi­ness since 1931, cre­ates items like these and more un­der the watch­ful eye of Dun­can Cov­ing­ton, CEO.

At the Sudlersville lo­ca­tion of Har­bor Sales, Cov­ing­ton em­ploys a team of 97, a large num­ber of those from here in Queen Anne’s County.

Cov­ing­ton said, “You will hear many CEO’s say their team is com­mit­ted to cus­tomer ser­vice, but I am for­tu­nate to have 97 peo­ple who are to­tally with­out a doubt fo­cused on the cus­tomer.”

Cov­ing­ton’s state­ment was ev­i­denced by the cour­te­ous and in­for­ma­tive staff who as­sisted vis­i­tors dur­ing the Har­bor Sales 2016 Expo. Staff gave demon­stra­tions of the CNC, punch and shear ma­chines, as well as one ma­chine that at the touch of a but­ton slides out a box of any di­men­sion.

Cov­ing­ton said their most pop­u­lar box presently is one that comes with a sep­a­rate lid.

The expo serves as an op­por­tu­nity for Har­bor Sales cus­tomers to come to the ware­house and meet the tech­ni­cians that bring their de­signs to life as well as ven­dors that sup­ply Har­bor Sales with ma­te­ri­als.

De­signs can be cre­ated on al­most any medium, said Cov­ing­ton, in­clud­ing alu­minum, steel, plex­i­glass, plas­tic and wood, up to a four-inch thick­ness.

Har­bor Sales im­ports ma­te­rial from Italy, Eng­land, Mex­ico and the Far East, he said, and the com­pany also sources ma­te­rial from the United States. Much of the ma­te­rial Har­bor Sales re­ceives is in large rolls or sheets, and Cov­ing­ton works with M&D Rail­road to man­age freight sav­ings for his cus­tomers.

Traf­fic posts, shop­ping bas­kets, molds, gears, fronts of lighted mar­quees and the ever in­fa­mous po­lit­i­cal yard signs are just some of the items able to be pro­duced by Har­bor Sales. As Cov­ing­ton ex­plained, the busi­ness has the ca­pa­bil­ity of creat­ing some very unique and spe­cial items, help­ing de­sign­ers fine tune their ideas and trans­fer them from pa­per into re­al­ity.

Cov­ing­ton was pleased to have 900 cus­tomers plan to at­tend the expo; they try to hold their open house ev­ery four years, he said. The Church Hill United Methodist Church pro­vided lunch for the event, and the meal was com­pleted by fun­nel cakes made on the spot, com­pli­ments of the Sudlersville Ru­ri­tan Club. The Sudlersville Mid­dle School Band pro­vided live mu­sic.

Signs, like the ones shown in the fore­ground, are cre­ated at Har­bor Sales by a On­srud CNC Router that has a 62”x194”x9” ta­ble ca­pac­ity and is ca­pa­ble of 24 hour pro­duc­tion six and a half days a week.


Mike Koepke, Na­tional Sales Man­ager, Plas­ti­cade, left, with Dun­can Cov­ing­ton, CEO, Har­bor Sales.

Vis­i­tors to Har­bor Sales ob­serve a CNC ma­chine creat­ing a 3-D sign.

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