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 20th, 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 major pump firms as an software engineer and regional supervisor.
In 1969, Harris was one of the 4 engineers who founded Hydro, Inc. with the mission of providing engineering services to the pump aftermarket trade. From the beginning, Harris believed in enhancing the reliability and efficiency of pumps and inspiring innovation. He was later appointed as president of Hydro.
Hydro began with a single store in Chicago; under Harris’s leadership and vision Hydro became the most important independent aftermarket pump company on the earth. Today, Hydro stands proud with 15 service centres in 9 international locations.
Harris was instrumental in defining the culture of Hydro: unbiased, engineering- and innovation-focused, and devoted to the customer. He helped develop packages for customer education in pump processes, believing that the information of how to safely preserve and function pumps was something that ought to be shared with everyone. He spearheaded many inventions in the finest way pumps are serviced, utilizing state-of-the-art know-how to re-engineer pumps for optimum effectivity.
Harris is survived by his wife of fifty six years, Rita, who he met whereas at the University of Illinois. She later grew to become vice president of Hydro, they usually worked side-by-side to make the company preeminent in the industry. Their management was characterised by a particular commitment to their staff, who they handled like household. They encouraged all service centres to honour Hydro’s workers with monthly employee celebrations and an annual Employee Appreciation Week. As he as soon as said: “Hydro turned the company it did due to the dedication of our people – machinists, mechanics, engineers, administrative and sales staff – who all share a pivotal function in serving our prospects.”
The culture of care and loyalty nurtured by the Harrises inspired admiration and esteem in all of Hydro’s staff, many 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 most important affiliation of pump business 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 more than people had been willing to provide. As an employee, I discovered shortly that half-hearted measures were unacceptable and an attitude of ‘good enough” was by no means tolerated. To suppose that he took a rag-tag group of 5 street-wise salesmen and turned the corporate into a worldwide 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 corporate as he did. He wanted to be the best, he wished the corporate to be the best, and he wanted every of his workers to be their finest.
Giveaway was a gifted particular person who had the uncanny capacity to “see over the horizon” and could glimpse the longer term needs of the business long earlier than others had digested last week’s changes.
There was also a aspect of George that most people never had the opportunity to see: As tenacious a businessman as he was, he was equally beneficiant and caring to those within the “Hydro Family.” George and Rita all the time handled their workers as “adopted sons and daughters” and so they personally bore the burden of figuring out that their business decisions not only have an effect on the corporate however the well-being and safety of their staff and their households as properly.
George will be deeply missed, but his legacy will live on. He employed what he considered the “best of breed” and those who shared his vision for the longer term, and the corporate is saturated with like-minded people who will continue to develop the corporate properly into the longer term.”
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