Harbor History

Harbor began operations in 1973 in a corrugated lean-to located in Harbor City near the port of Long Beach, the largest port in Los Angeles. From this humble beginning, we moved to a modern facility in Brea, CA, a small town in north Orange County which was incorporated during a local oil boom in 1917. When our facility was built in 1985, Brea was winding down most oil operations and was on the edge of new development. Today Brea is a vibrant upscale suburban community. We are proud to be located near this thriving and culturally rich suburban jewel. Brea remains our headquarters location today…we even park vehicles on an old oil equipment pad in the Brea Olinda Hills.

Harbor has continued to grow not only in size, but in stature as viewed by customers, dealers, and automotive truck manufacturers. Today, we are considered one of the premier service body manufacturers in the U.S. We have extended our reach to Edgewood, WA near Seattle, and in Kerrville, TX, in the “Hill Country” just outside San Antonio. We also have coverage throughout the western United States through our partner service center locations and distributors. Not only have we earned many volume awards (major achievements with truck manufacturers), in 2014 we received an award for earning the highest Dealer Satisfaction Rating in the U.S. among all commercial body manufacturers in our industry. To our knowledge, this is the only dealer satisfaction survey ever taken by one of the “majors”. It is one of the awards of which we are most proud.

Sometimes a piece of history conveys a great message. Recently, we visited with customers from the Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) in Orange County, California. They showed us a real gem: a Harbor Fabricating body (that’s what we were called back then) manufactured at our Harbor City location during the very first year of our existence…1973 (the picture above shows the end panel with “Harbor Fabricating” and “Harbor City” stamped in it). We, of course, assumed they wanted to replace this relic. “No way!” their service technician cried, “I wouldn’t consider giving it up. It still works great!” Thank you GGUSD. We couldn’t have delivered a better message ourselves.

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