George F. Harris – An Appreciation

เกจวัดความดันน้ำ paid to Hydro, Inc.’s president and founder.
George F. Harris, president and founder of Hydro, Inc.
Hydro, Inc. has introduced the passing of its president and founder, George F. Harris, on December twentieth, 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 graduation, he worked at several main pump companies as an application engineer and regional manager.
In 1969, Harris was one of the 4 engineers who based Hydro, Inc. with the mission of offering engineering providers to the pump aftermarket trade. From the start, Harris believed in bettering the reliability and efficiency of pumps and inspiring innovation. He was later appointed as president of Hydro.
Hydro started with a single store in Chicago; under Harris’s management and vision Hydro turned the biggest unbiased aftermarket pump company on the planet. Today, Hydro stands proud with 15 service centres in nine countries.
Harris was instrumental in defining the tradition of Hydro: unbiased, engineering- and innovation-focused, and devoted to the customer. He helped develop packages for customer training in pump processes, believing that the data of the means to safely preserve and operate pumps was one thing that should be shared with everyone. He spearheaded many inventions in the means in which pumps are serviced, using state-of-the-art expertise to re-engineer pumps for maximum efficiency.
Harris is survived by his wife of fifty six years, Rita, who he met while at the University of Illinois. She later became vice president of Hydro, and they worked side-by-side to make the company preeminent within the trade. Their management was characterised by a special 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 as quickly as said: “Hydro grew to become the company it did due to the dedication of our people – machinists, mechanics, engineers, administrative and gross sales staff – who all share a pivotal position in serving our customers.”
The tradition of care and loyalty nurtured by the Harrises inspired admiration and esteem in all of Hydro’s employees, many of whom have labored at Hydro for greater than 20 years. Harris was additionally well-respected by his friends throughout the pump business. In 2014, he was elected as president of the Hydraulic Institute, the largest affiliation of pump trade producers in North America. In 2015, Europump awarded him its President’s Silver Award in recognition of his useful contributions to the pump trade.
Bob Jennings, Corporate Trainer, pays a personal tribute:
“I started with HydroAire in 1976 and quickly realized that George Harris was the consummate protagonist who all the time anticipated more than people had been keen to supply. As an worker, I discovered rapidly that half-hearted measures had been unacceptable and an angle of ‘good enough” was never tolerated. To assume that he took a rag-tag group of 5 street-wise salesmen and turned the corporate into a global group with 19 services worldwide is an amazing accomplishment. It took hard 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 wished the company to be the best, and he wanted each of his employees to be their finest.
George was a gifted individual who had the uncanny capacity to “see over the horizon” and could glimpse the future wants of the trade long before others had digested last week’s changes.
There was additionally a aspect 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 always treated their workers as “adopted sons and daughters” and so they personally bore the burden of figuring out that their business decisions not only affect the company but the well-being and safety of their staff and their households as well.
George might be deeply missed, but his legacy will reside on. He employed what he considered the “best of breed” and those that shared his imaginative and prescient for the lengthy run, and the corporate is saturated with like-minded individuals who will proceed to grow the corporate well into the lengthy run.”

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