George F. Harris – An Appreciation

Tributes paid to Hydro, Inc.’s president and founder.
George F. เครื่องมือวัดความดัน , president and founder of Hydro, Inc.
Hydro, Inc. has introduced the passing of its president and founder, George F. Harris, on December 20th, 2021.
Born in Chicago in 1941, Harris got here from humble beginnings, working as a waiter and a taxi driver. He attended the University of Illinois at Champaign and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. After commencement, he worked at several main pump companies as an software engineer and regional manager.
In 1969, Harris was one of many four engineers who founded Hydro, Inc. with the mission of providing engineering companies to the pump aftermarket industry. From the start, Harris believed in bettering the reliability and performance of pumps and inspiring innovation. He was later appointed as president of Hydro.
Hydro began with a single store in Chicago; under Harris’s leadership and imaginative and prescient Hydro became the largest impartial aftermarket pump company on the earth. Today, Hydro stands proud with 15 service centres in 9 international locations.
Harris was instrumental in defining the tradition of Hydro: unbiased, engineering- and innovation-focused, and dedicated to the shopper. He helped develop applications for buyer schooling in pump processes, believing that the information of how to safely keep and operate pumps was something that ought to be shared with everyone. He spearheaded many inventions in the way pumps are serviced, using state-of-the-art know-how to re-engineer pumps for max efficiency.
Harris is survived by his spouse of 56 years, Rita, who he met while at the University of Illinois. She later grew to become vice president of Hydro, and they labored side-by-side to make the corporate preeminent in the trade. Their management was characterised by a particular dedication to their staff, who they handled like family. They inspired all service centres to honour Hydro’s workers with month-to-month employee celebrations and an annual Employee Appreciation Week. As he once said: “Hydro turned the company it did due to the dedication of our individuals – machinists, mechanics, engineers, administrative and gross sales workers – who all share a pivotal role in serving our clients.”
The culture of care and loyalty nurtured by the Harrises impressed admiration and esteem in all of Hydro’s workers, a lot of whom have labored at Hydro for more than 20 years. Harris was also well-respected by his peers within the pump industry. In 2014, he was elected as president of the Hydraulic Institute, the biggest association of pump industry manufacturers in North America. In 2015, Europump awarded him its President’s Silver Award in recognition of his priceless contributions to the pump trade.
Bob Jennings, Corporate Trainer, pays a private tribute:
“I began with HydroAire in 1976 and rapidly learned that George Harris was the consummate protagonist who all the time expected more than people have been prepared to provide. As an worker, I discovered quickly that half-hearted measures have been unacceptable and an attitude of ‘good enough” was never tolerated. To assume that he took a rag-tag group of 5 street-wise salesmen and turned the company into a global organization with 19 facilities worldwide is an incredible accomplishment. It took onerous work, long hours, a “never say never” mindset, and teamwork to develop the company as he did. He wished to be one of the best, he wanted the corporate to be the best, and he wished every of his workers to be their best.
George was a gifted particular person who had the uncanny capability to “see over the horizon” and could glimpse the longer term needs of the industry long earlier than others had digested final week’s modifications.
There was additionally a side of George that most individuals never had the opportunity to see: As tenacious a businessman as he was, he was equally beneficiant and caring to these within the “Hydro Family.” George and Rita all the time treated their workers as “adopted sons and daughters” and they personally bore the burden of figuring out that their enterprise selections not only have an result on the company however the well-being and safety of their employees and their households as well.
George will be deeply missed, but his legacy will stay on. He employed what he thought of the “best of breed” and those that shared his imaginative and prescient for the lengthy run, and the corporate is saturated with like-minded people who will continue to develop the corporate nicely into the future.”
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