The last letter of the iconic Domino Sugars sign over Baltimore’s harbor came down on March 16. Work on the replacement letters continues a month later at Gable, the manufacturing site seven miles south of the refinery (as the crow flies) on Fort Smallwood Rd.
The South Baltimore Peninsula Post visited Gable on April 13 and learned that many letters are already finished and work is progressing well on the remaining letters.
The new aluminum letters weigh from 380 pounds to just over a ton. Most are constructed in pieces that are later put together. The “D” is in five pieces. After the letters arrive at the Domino site, they go up through the building in an elevator and are assembled on the roof.
According to Paul Gable, founder of Gable, 98 percent of people will not see a difference from the old sign to the new one. “We used the identical typestyle, and we’re using the best materials available today with the best fabrication techniques. We’re ensuring that the sign looks as close to the original as possible.”
Working on the Domino project is clearly a source of pride for Gable and his employees. “We have special people here,” Paul said. “Not everybody can do what our company does. We need a combination of many skills, professions, and trades. Our final product is a nice reflection of each individual here.”
“We are going to be part of history,” said Nick Brown, who has worked at Gable for four years. “I’m glad that my co-workers and I are involved. We want to give them a good quality product that will last forever.” Gable employs over 150 people, most from the Baltimore area.
Paul shared his appreciation for Domino’s parent company the ASR Group. “This is ASR’s love letter to Baltimore. This sign says, ‘we care, you’re important, and we’re here to stay.’” – Article and photos by Mary Braman