Tributes paid to Hydro, Inc.’s president and founder.
George F. เกจ์วัดแรงดันแก๊ส , president and founder of Hydro, Inc.
Hydro, Inc. has announced 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 graduation, he labored at several main pump companies as an utility engineer and regional manager.
In 1969, Harris was one of many four engineers who based Hydro, Inc. with the mission of offering engineering services to the pump aftermarket industry. From the beginning, Harris believed in enhancing the reliability and performance of pumps and encouraging innovation. He was later appointed as president of Hydro.
Hydro started with a single shop in Chicago; underneath Harris’s management and imaginative and prescient Hydro became the largest impartial aftermarket pump firm 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 shopper. He helped develop programs for customer training in pump processes, believing that the data of the means to safely keep and function pumps was one thing that ought to be shared with everyone. He spearheaded many inventions in the method in which pumps are serviced, using state-of-the-art technology to re-engineer pumps for maximum efficiency.
Harris is survived by his spouse of fifty six years, Rita, who he met whereas on the University of Illinois. She later became vice chairman of Hydro, and so they labored side-by-side to make the company preeminent within the trade. Their management was characterised by a special commitment to their staff, who they treated like household. They inspired all service centres to honour Hydro’s staff with month-to-month employee celebrations and an annual Employee Appreciation Week. As he as soon as mentioned: “Hydro turned the company it did due to the commitment of our individuals – machinists, mechanics, engineers, administrative and gross sales employees – who all share a pivotal function in serving our clients.”
The tradition of care and loyalty nurtured by the Harrises inspired admiration and esteem in all of Hydro’s staff, lots of whom have labored at Hydro for more than 20 years. Harris was additionally well-respected by his peers within the pump industry. 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 priceless contributions to the pump trade.
Bob Jennings, Corporate Trainer, pays a personal tribute:
“I began with HydroAire in 1976 and rapidly learned that George Harris was the consummate protagonist who all the time anticipated more than folks had been willing to provide. As an worker, I learned rapidly that half-hearted measures had been unacceptable and an perspective 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 global organization with 19 amenities 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 wanted to be the best, he wanted the corporate to be one of the best, and he needed every of his employees to be their finest.
George was a gifted particular person who had the uncanny ability to “see over the horizon” and will glimpse the longer term wants of the industry long before others had digested last week’s changes.
There was additionally a side of George that most people never had the chance to see: As tenacious a businessman as he was, he was equally beneficiant and caring to these in the “Hydro Family.” George and Rita at all times handled their workers as “adopted sons and daughters” they usually personally bore the burden of understanding that their business selections not only have an effect on the company however the well-being and security of their workers and their families as well.
George shall be deeply missed, but his legacy will stay on. He hired what he thought of the “best of breed” and those that shared his imaginative and prescient for the lengthy run, and the company is saturated with like-minded people who will proceed to develop the company nicely into the lengthy run.”