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 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 a number of major pump corporations as an application engineer and regional supervisor.
In 1969, Harris was one of many 4 engineers who based Hydro, Inc. with the mission of providing engineering services to the pump aftermarket trade. From the start, Harris believed in bettering the reliability and performance of pumps and inspiring innovation. He was later appointed as president of Hydro.
Hydro began with a single shop in Chicago; underneath Harris’s leadership and imaginative and prescient Hydro became the biggest impartial aftermarket pump firm on the planet. Today, Hydro stands proud with 15 service centres in 9 countries.
Harris was instrumental in defining the tradition of Hydro: unbiased, engineering- and innovation-focused, and devoted to the customer. He helped develop applications for customer schooling in pump processes, believing that the data of how to safely maintain and operate pumps was one thing that should be shared with everybody. He spearheaded many innovations in the best way pumps are serviced, using state-of-the-art expertise to re-engineer pumps for max effectivity.
Harris is survived by his spouse of fifty six years, Rita, who he met while on the University of Illinois. She later became vice chairman of Hydro, and they worked side-by-side to make the corporate preeminent within the trade. Their leadership was characterised by a particular commitment to their staff, who they handled like household. They encouraged all service centres to honour Hydro’s staff with month-to-month worker celebrations and an annual Employee Appreciation Week. As Savings stated: “Hydro grew to become the corporate it did because of the commitment of our individuals – machinists, mechanics, engineers, administrative and sales employees – who all share a pivotal role in serving our clients.”
The culture of care and loyalty nurtured by the Harrises impressed admiration and esteem in all of Hydro’s workers, lots of whom have labored at Hydro for greater 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 largest affiliation of pump trade manufacturers 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 private tribute:
“I began with HydroAire in 1976 and rapidly discovered that George Harris was the consummate protagonist who at all times expected greater than people were keen to supply. As an worker, I discovered quickly that half-hearted measures have been unacceptable and an angle 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 company into a world group with 19 amenities worldwide is a tremendous accomplishment. It took hard work, lengthy 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 wished each of his staff to be their best.
George was a gifted particular person who had the uncanny ability to “see over the horizon” and could glimpse the future needs of the industry lengthy before others had digested last week’s modifications.
There was also a aspect of George that most people never had the chance to see: As tenacious a businessman as he was, he was equally generous and caring to these within the “Hydro Family.” George and Rita at all times treated their employees as “adopted sons and daughters” and they personally bore the burden of understanding that their enterprise selections not solely affect the corporate however the well-being and safety of their employees and their families as nicely.
George shall be deeply missed, but his legacy will reside on. He employed what he thought-about the “best of breed” and those that shared his vision for the lengthy run, and the company is saturated with like-minded people who will proceed to develop the company properly into the future.”
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