George F. Harris – An Appreciation

Tributes paid to Hydro, Inc.’s president and founder.
George F. Before , president and founder of Hydro, Inc.
Hydro, Inc. has announced 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 firms as an utility engineer and regional supervisor.
In 1969, Harris was one of many four engineers who based Hydro, Inc. with the mission of providing engineering companies to the pump aftermarket industry. From the beginning, Harris believed in improving the reliability and performance of pumps and inspiring innovation. He was later appointed as president of Hydro.
Hydro started with a single shop in Chicago; beneath Harris’s management and vision Hydro turned the largest independent aftermarket pump company on the earth. Today, Hydro stands proud with 15 service centres in nine nations.
Harris was instrumental in defining the tradition of Hydro: unbiased, engineering- and innovation-focused, and devoted to the shopper. He helped develop applications for customer training in pump processes, believing that the knowledge of the method to safely preserve and operate pumps was one thing that should be shared with everyone. He spearheaded many inventions in the method in which pumps are serviced, utilizing state-of-the-art expertise to re-engineer pumps for max effectivity.
Harris is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rita, who he met whereas at the University of Illinois. She later became vice chairman of Hydro, and so they labored side-by-side to make the corporate preeminent within the business. Their management was characterised by a special dedication to their staff, who they handled like household. They encouraged all service centres to honour Hydro’s employees with month-to-month employee celebrations and an annual Employee Appreciation Week. As he once stated: “Hydro grew to become the corporate it did due to the commitment of our folks – machinists, mechanics, engineers, administrative and sales workers – who all share a pivotal function in serving our customers.”
The tradition of care and loyalty nurtured by the Harrises impressed admiration and esteem in all of Hydro’s employees, a lot of whom have worked at Hydro for more than 20 years. Harris was also well-respected by his peers inside the pump trade. In 2014, he was elected as president of the Hydraulic Institute, the biggest affiliation 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 learned that George Harris was the consummate protagonist who at all times anticipated greater than individuals had been keen to supply. As an employee, I discovered shortly that half-hearted measures had been unacceptable and an attitude of ‘good enough” was by no means tolerated. To think that he took a rag-tag group of 5 street-wise salesmen and turned the corporate into a worldwide group with 19 amenities worldwide is an amazing accomplishment. It took hard work, long hours, a “never say never” mindset, and teamwork to grow the corporate as he did. He wished to be the best, he wished the corporate to be one of the best, and he wished each of his staff to be their best.
George was a gifted particular person who had the uncanny capability to “see over the horizon” and will glimpse the future needs of the business long earlier than others had digested last week’s modifications.
There was additionally a aspect of George that most individuals never had the chance to see: As tenacious a businessman as he was, he was equally beneficiant and caring to these within the “Hydro Family.” George and Rita at all times handled their workers as “adopted sons and daughters” and they personally bore the burden of understanding that their enterprise choices not only have an effect on the corporate however the well-being and security of their workers and their families as properly.
George shall be deeply missed, but his legacy will reside on. He employed what he thought-about the “best of breed” and those who shared his vision for the longer term, and the corporate is saturated with like-minded individuals who will continue to grow the company properly into the lengthy run.”

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