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George F. Harris – An Appreciation

Tributes paid to Hydro, Inc.’s president and founder.
George F. Harris, president and founding father of Hydro, Inc.
Hydro, Inc. has introduced the passing of its president and founder, George F. Harris, on December 20th, 2021.
เกจ์วัดความดัน in Chicago in 1941, Harris came 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 labored at several main pump corporations as an utility engineer and regional manager.
In 1969, Harris was one of the 4 engineers who based Hydro, Inc. with the mission of providing engineering services to the pump aftermarket industry. From the start, Harris believed in improving the reliability and efficiency of pumps and encouraging innovation. He was later appointed as president of Hydro.
Hydro started with a single store in Chicago; beneath Harris’s leadership and imaginative and prescient Hydro turned the largest unbiased aftermarket pump company on the earth. Today, Hydro stands proud with 15 service centres in nine international locations.
Harris was instrumental in defining the culture of Hydro: unbiased, engineering- and innovation-focused, and dedicated to the client. He helped develop applications for buyer education in pump processes, believing that the data of tips on how to safely maintain and operate pumps was one thing that should be shared with everyone. He spearheaded many innovations in the way pumps are serviced, utilizing state-of-the-art know-how to re-engineer pumps for optimum effectivity.
Harris is survived by his spouse of fifty six years, Rita, who he met whereas at the University of Illinois. She later grew to become vice chairman of Hydro, they usually worked side-by-side to make the corporate preeminent in the business. Their leadership was characterised by a particular dedication to their workers, who they handled like family. They encouraged all service centres to honour Hydro’s staff with month-to-month worker celebrations and an annual Employee Appreciation Week. As he once said: “Hydro turned the company it did because of the dedication of our people – machinists, mechanics, engineers, administrative and gross sales workers – who all share a pivotal position in serving our prospects.”
The culture of care and loyalty nurtured by the Harrises impressed admiration and esteem in all of Hydro’s employees, many of whom have labored at Hydro for more than 20 years. Harris was also well-respected by his friends inside the pump trade. 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 useful contributions to the pump industry.
Bob Jennings, Corporate Trainer, pays a personal tribute:
“I began with HydroAire in 1976 and quickly discovered that George Harris was the consummate protagonist who always anticipated more than individuals have been willing to supply. As an worker, I realized rapidly that half-hearted measures have been unacceptable and an attitude of ‘good enough” was by no means tolerated. To assume that he took a rag-tag group of 5 street-wise salesmen and turned the corporate into a worldwide group with 19 services worldwide is an amazing accomplishment. It took onerous work, lengthy hours, a “never say never” mindset, and teamwork to develop the company as he did. He needed to be the best, he wanted the company to be the best, and he needed each of his staff to be their best.
George was a gifted particular person who had the uncanny capacity to “see over the horizon” and will glimpse the future wants of the trade lengthy before others had digested final week’s adjustments.
There was additionally a side of George that most people by no means had the opportunity to see: As tenacious a businessman as he was, he was equally generous and caring to those in the “Hydro Family.” George and Rita all the time treated their employees as “adopted sons and daughters” and so they personally bore the burden of understanding that their enterprise decisions not solely have an result on the corporate however the well-being and safety of their staff and their households as properly.
George shall be deeply missed, however his legacy will reside on. He employed what he thought-about the “best of breed” and those that shared his imaginative and prescient for the longer term, and the corporate is saturated with like-minded people who will continue to grow the corporate well into the longer term.”
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