Sauer Compressors USA celebrates its 20th year
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.
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.
Nick Horney of Easton finishes work on a compressor set for a client at the company’s domestic headquarters in Stevensville.