Sudlersville’s Harbor Sales holds open house
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.