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Celebrating company milestones in Maryland

The Maryland Commerce team has been traveling around the state and recognizing you – our customers – for your special anniversaries. More importantly, we want to thank our companies for their continued investment in Maryland.

We’ve visited dozens of companies with anniversaries ranging from 5 years to more than 100 years in business. It’s been an honor for Team Commerce to meet with each and everyone one of you, and we’re not stopping there. Expect to see more visits from us in the coming months and in 2017 — we have plenty of celebrations lined up.

Keller Stonebraker
Commerce’s Andrew Sargent presents Keller Stonebraker with an honorary citation celebrating the company’s 115 years in business

Among the companies that we’ve celebrated is Keller Stonebraker with 115 years of dedicated customer service. Since its founding in Hagerstown in 1901, this insurance agency has proven its commitment to Maryland by growing its western region reach to Cumberland, and later expanding to Frederick and Ellicott City. We couldn’t be happier to have them continue to call Maryland home.

Other celebrations spanning the state include Dunbar Armored in Hunt Valley (60 years), Greenman-Pedersen Inc. in Rockville (50 years), and Chesapeake Environmental Lab in Stevensville (25 years). Check out them and a number of other businesses in the photos below.

Dixon Valve
Dixon Valve
Kent County's Dixon Valve celebrates 100 successful years in 2016. Thank you for your dedication to Maryland!
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If your business is celebrating a milestone anniversary in 2017, be sure to send us an email or leave a comment on this post.


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  1. Blake Goldsmith
    November 4, 2016 at 1:54 pm —

    We are hosting an event at the Maryland Historical Society on September 09/28 17 to celebrate our 100th Anniversary and to honor Governor Hogan and his administration for their work on behalf of the Howard Street Tunnel expansion. We would like to connect with Mike to help celebrate this milestone or have him stop by during the year at our HQ.

    John S. Connor, Inc. is pleased and proud to announce it is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Founded in 1917 by its namesake, the company provides a variety of transport and logistics services to a many different industries and government agencies. Services include freight forwarding by sea, air and truck as well as customs clearance services, vessel agency and a variety of additional solutions to meet the specific needs of its clients.

    John Connor began the company in Baltimore with a $300 loan from his mother three months after obtaining his customs brokers license. Since then his brother and two sons succeeded him and built the company to one of he largest of its kind in the mid-atlantic region. The current president is Lee Connor, grandson of the founder. Another is grandson, Butch Connor is VP of Ocean Freight. A fourth generation is also working in the business.

    In the beginning the company focused on customs clearance business in the port of Baltimore. Today it has a half dozen offices in the region and offers world-wide coverage for the needs of its clients through a tight network of agent relationships throughout the world. Still headquartered in Baltimore but with a global reach to allow it to provide comprehensive door to door services for those clients requiring this.

    Freight forwarders and customs brokers play a significant role in international commerce. Often they are the linch pin which ties together all the parties required to move cargo from point A to point B. From booking the space on the ship or plane, to ensuring all details and documentation comply with government regulations, to coordinating the movement and release of cargo with terminal operators, shipping and airlines and Customs and Border Protection as well as many other government agencies, depending on the type of product and regulatory requirements. Freight does not move without the crucial, often invisible actions of the freight forwarders and customs brokers behind the scenes.

    “This industry has changed so much in the last hundred years that I am sure my grandfather would not recognize it,” notes Lee Connor. “Very few companies that worked in the industry back then still exist but through the the hard work and adaptability of the people at Connor we have been able to continue to add value for our clients. Our focus now is developing strategies that will enable us to continue to play a constructive role in the business for our next century. It will surely look different in the coming years.”

    The company will be holding a celebration event in September of 2017 to commemorate the occasion.

    Lee Connor

    • November 15, 2016 at 2:31 pm —

      Thank you, we will be reaching out shortly.

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