Harmon Motor Sales celebrating 50 years

Published 9:58 am Thursday, July 23, 2015

 Frank Harmon of Harmon Motor Sales marks 50 years in business.

Frank Harmon of Harmon Motor Sales marks 50 years in business.

Harmon Motor Sales is celebrating 50 years this year selling Honda products and owner Frank Harmon said he really likes being part of the Ironton community.

“I’ve been here all my life. Seventy-four years total,” Harmon said. “It’s the only place I’ve ever lived and I don’t want to live anywhere else.”

Frank Harmon’s uncle, Chris Harmon, bought out partners to start the original company in 1949 in its first location on Fourth Street. The business first sold Rickman motorcycles and then Triumph motorcycles before a full line of Honda motorcycles began in 1965. The business once sold Chryslers as well.

When Chris Hamon died in 1980, Frank took over as owner. Harmon Motor Sales has been in its Third Street location for 35 years.

Frank Harmon said the family business is tight-knit. Frank’s son, Eddie Harmon, has worked for the company for 28 years and started in 1990 when he was 15 years old and Kim Holliday, Frank’s daughter, has worked for the company for nine years. The company has also had technician, Mark Wilson, for 17 years.

Harmon Motor Sales offers Honda motorcycles, ATVs, MUVs, lawn mowers, trimmers, generators, trikes, parts and service.

“Technology has offered newer developments in the line,” Frank Harmon said. “But the Honda quality has stayed the same.”