Tributes paid to Hydro, Inc.’s president and founder.
George F. เครื่องมือใช้วัดความดัน , president and founding father 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 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 diploma in Engineering. After commencement, he worked at several main pump companies as an utility engineer and regional supervisor.
In 1969, Harris was one of the 4 engineers who founded Hydro, Inc. with the mission of providing engineering providers to the pump aftermarket trade. From the beginning, Harris believed in bettering the reliability and performance of pumps and encouraging innovation. He was later appointed as president of Hydro.
Hydro began with a single store in Chicago; beneath Harris’s management and vision Hydro became the largest independent aftermarket pump firm in the world. Today, Hydro stands proud with 15 service centres in 9 nations.
Harris was instrumental in defining the tradition of Hydro: unbiased, engineering- and innovation-focused, and dedicated to the customer. He helped develop programs for customer schooling in pump processes, believing that the data of tips on how to safely keep and operate pumps was something that must be shared with everybody. He spearheaded many innovations in the way pumps are serviced, utilizing 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 vp of Hydro, and so they labored side-by-side to make the corporate preeminent within the industry. Their management was characterised by a particular dedication to their staff, who they treated like household. They inspired all service centres to honour Hydro’s workers with monthly employee celebrations and an annual Employee Appreciation Week. As he as quickly as said: “Hydro turned the corporate it did due to the commitment of our folks – machinists, mechanics, engineers, administrative and sales workers – who all share a pivotal role in serving our customers.”
The culture of care and loyalty nurtured by the Harrises impressed admiration and esteem in all of Hydro’s workers, many of whom have labored at Hydro for greater than 20 years. Harris was also well-respected by his peers throughout the pump trade. In 2014, he was elected as president of the Hydraulic Institute, the biggest association 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 business.
Bob Jennings, Corporate Trainer, pays a personal tribute:
“I began with HydroAire in 1976 and shortly learned that George Harris was the consummate protagonist who all the time anticipated greater than individuals were keen to provide. As an employee, I realized rapidly that half-hearted measures had 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 corporate into a global group with 19 facilities worldwide is an amazing accomplishment. It took onerous work, long hours, a “never say never” mindset, and teamwork to develop the company as he did. He wanted to be the best, he needed the company to be the best, and he wished each of his workers to be their finest.
George was a gifted individual who had the uncanny ability to “see over the horizon” and will glimpse the long run needs of the industry long earlier than others had digested last week’s modifications.
There was also 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 beneficiant and caring to those in the “Hydro Family.” George and Rita always treated their employees as “adopted sons and daughters” and so they personally bore the burden of figuring out that their enterprise selections not only affect the corporate however the well-being and security of their staff and their families as nicely.
George will be deeply missed, however his legacy will live on. He employed what he thought of the “best of breed” and those that shared his imaginative and prescient for the longer term, and the company is saturated with like-minded people who will continue to develop the corporate nicely into the future.”