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Harbor Contracting is ready for its next phase of growth


A cornerstone in Charleston’s construction trade, Harbor Contracting LLC is moving forward with a rock-solid reputation built on more than 25 years of success in the Lowcountry. In early 2010, Peter McKellar acquired sole ownership of the commercial general contracting firm, after having jointly owned it with longtime friend and associate Allan Skinner.

Harbor Contracting was founded in 1985 by Charlestonian David Matthews and purchased in 2002 by McKellar and Skinner. The company witnessed tremendous growth during the past decade, setting the stage for its next phase of growth. However, Skinner decided to pursue other professional ventures and sold his portion of the firm to McKellar.

“I’m thrilled about this opportunity and have already begun building a new business model that will serve the company and our clients well during the current economic climate,” McKellar says. “The updated business model will include the creation of a unique division for the company called Harbor Property Services. While commercial construction remains the primary focus of our firm, this new service division will handle ongoing maintenance and repair work for existing Harbor clients, commercial property owners, and property managers throughout the Lowcountry.”

Headquartered in Mount Pleasant, Harbor Contracting LLC has been providing commercial general contracting services throughout the Lowcountry for more than 25 years. The company has completed a diverse range of general construction and design-build projects, including renovations, upfits and new facilities. Its clients have included health care and dental practices, retail stores, resorts, churches, industries, schools and government agencies.

Harbor Contracting believes in building relationships. “Our proven experience, combined with our quality workmanship and attention to detail, results in many repeat clients,” McKellar says. “Now more than ever, owners need to be very careful when selecting a contractor to partner with. Many subcontractors, suppliers and even general contractors are struggling financially. I believe today’s owners need to thoroughly interview prospective contractors before selecting one to work with. In today’s economic climate, the low bid is not always the best bid.”

McKellar adds, “This reorganization is a win-win for Allan and me. We’re both looking forward to what our professional lives may offer us as we move in two different directions.”

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