Sauer Com­pres­sors USA cel­e­brates its 20th year

Sunday Star - - BUSINESS - By KRIS­TIAN JAIME Kjaime@ches­pub.com

STEVENSVILLE — In a cer­e­mony held Fri­day, Sept. 21, Sauer Com­pres­sors USA of­fi­cially cel­e­brated two decades of busi­ness in Queen Anne’s County.

Among the ac­co­lades the Stevensville com­pany re­ceived was a con­grat­u­la­tory let­ter by State Comptroller Peter Fran­chot and a for­mal Sec­re­tary’s Ci­ta­tion by Mike Gill, the Sec­re­tary of the Mary­land De­part­ment of Com­merce.

“(This mile­stone) is a true tes­ta­ment to the prod­uct we cre­ate and how long we’ve been around,” said Ash­ley Sylvester, ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant to com­pany CEO Don Ea­ton. “They cre­ate a prod­uct for the U.S. Navy and other in­dus­trial ap­pli­ca­tions. The en­vi­ron­ment cre­ated for us in Queen Anne’s County has al­lowed our busi­ness to stay for 20 years and will al­low us to con­tinue to grow.”

The 30,000-square-foot pro­duc­tion area pro­duces cus­tom-made com­pres­sors and the gasses that make them func­tion. Ad­di­tion­ally, there are 30,000 square feet of ad­min­is­tra­tive space.

World­wide, Sauer Com­pres­sors USA and J.P. Sauer & Sohn Maschi­nen­bau GmbH cur­rently sup­plies HPACs to an es­ti­mated 80 per­cent of the mar­ket share of the U.S. Navy and 30 per­cent of com­mer­cial ship­build­ing.

That trans­lates into train­ing within its fa­cil­ity for mem­bers of the U.S. Navy on their equip­ment. To date, Sauer Com­pres­sors USA is the pri­mary provider of high and medium air and gas com­pres­sors U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. they have pro­vided ser­vices navies.

“The sup­port of Queen Anne’s County is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant. They have ad­vised us in the ar­eas of tax cred­its and dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties for man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies in the ar­eas. They have ac­tu­ally had job fairs where we have hired some of our em­ploy­ees as well,” Sylvester said.

For Jean Fabi, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment man­ager for the county, com­pa­nies like Sauer Com­pres­sors USA rep­re­sent one of the main mar­ket sec­tors in the county’s port­fo­lio.

In a 2016 eco­nomic pro­file re­port, man­u­fac­tur­ing ac­counted for 1,041 an­nual av­er­age em­ploy­ees. That rep­re­sents 7 per­cent for the World­wide, for 51 of all em­ploy­ment of­fered in Queen Anne’s County.

“We’re very proud of the busi­nesses we have in the county. We’re also very pleased and proud about the 20-year an­niver­sary of Sauer Com­pres­sors USA and their com­mit­ment to our com­mu­nity. It’s just one of many busi­nesses that em­ploy our res­i­dents and con­trib­ute to the Queen Anne’s County,” Fabi said.

The county man­ages a Mary­land En­ter­prise Zone, For­eignTrade Zone, Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment In­cen­tive Fund, and a low in­ter­est loan port­fo­lio. No per­sonal prop­erty tax is levied by the county. Queen Anne’s County also is home to 1,400 busi­nesses and a la­bor force of 27,000.

More in­for­ma­tion on Sauer Com­pres­sors USA is avail­able at www.sauerusa.com.

PHOTO BY ASH­LEY SYLVESTER

From left, Jean Fabi, Queen Anne’s County eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment man­ager; Nancy LaJoice, Mary­land De­part­ment of Com­merce, se­nior busi­ness de­vel­op­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tive; Don Ea­ton, Sauer Com­pres­sors USA pres­i­dent and CEO; Johnny Moore, Sauer Com­pres­sors USA vice pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions; and Stu­art Steele, Sauer Com­pres­sors vice pres­i­dent of fi­nance, with the ci­ta­tion is­sued to Sauer Com­pres­sors by the sec­re­tary of the Mary­land De­part­ment of Com­merce.

PHOTO BY KRIS­TIAN JAIME

Nick Hor­ney of Eas­ton fin­ishes work on a com­pres­sor set for a client at the com­pany’s do­mes­tic head­quar­ters in Stevensville.

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