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HARRIS COMPANIES HIRES VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN CAPITAL 

St. Paul, MN. (December 7th, 2016) — Harris Companies is excited to announce the creation of a new executive position. Brenda Devlin joined Harris Companies as Vice-President of Human Capital. We chose this title as opposed to the more conventional title of Vice-President of Human Resources for a specific reason; capital is something you invest and nurture, a resource is something you expend. Our people are not expendable.

Brenda is a proven human capital leader who will focus on aligning business initiatives with strategy and culture to ensure business results, while helping employees throughout the organization to develop. With more than 18 years’ experience in both union and non-union organizations, she brings expertise in human capital development, acquisition and succession planning, merger and acquisition due diligence, strategy development and execution, as well as project management and all functions of HR.

HiMEC CONVEYORS UNVEILS NEW PRODUCT AT PACK EXPO 2016 

St. Paul, MN. (November 10, 2016) —HiMEC Conveyors unveiled its never-been-seen-before modular spiral at the PACK EXPO in Chicago November 6-9. The new modular spiral is low tension and can be modified based on changing business needs.

HARRIS COMPANIES PURCHASES QUALITY MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS 

St. Paul, MN. (July 6, 2016) —Harris Companies, a leading national mechanical contractor, has purchased Quality Mechanical Contractors based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Founded in 1971, Quality Mechanical specializes in industrial, commercial and residential HVAC, plumbing, piping, and sheet metal fabrication. With this purchase Harris Companies enhances its presence in the western U.S.

Quality Mechanical’s diverse portfolio includes tenant improvements, high-profile central plants, large-scale government contracting and mega-resorts. They’ve left their mark on some of the most iconic projects in Las Vegas, including Aria City Center, T Mobile Arena, UNLV and McCarran Airport.  Led by President Doug Lea, Quality Mechanical employs 127 skilled professionals. Says Lea, “we are excited about becoming a part of the Harris family and we look forward to leveraging the added resources and capabilities Harris offers in order to best serve our clients in the region.”

Harris Companies’ President of Construction Michel Michno adds, “Quality Mechanical’s strong position as a full-service mechanical contractor in Nevada and California, as well as its expertise in designing and building complex projects with demanding schedules, make it a great fit with Harris Companies. Harris is looking forward to working with Quality’s impressive staff as it services its customers nationwide.”

Quality Mechanical has strong brand recognition in the area and will retain their company name for the foreseeable future. They will operate as a division of Harris Companies. “In any acquisition the cultural fit of the acquired company and the new parent company is critical for success,” says Harris Companies CEO Greg Hosch. “The leadership and employees of Quality share the values that will make for a quick and effective integration with Harris Companies.”

HONEYWELL NAMES HARRIS CONTROLS U.S. CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR

St. Paul, MN. (May 11, 2016) — Harris Controls, a division of the leading mechanical contractor Harris Companies, is pleased to announce it has been recognized as Honeywell’s 2015 U.S. Contractor of the Year. Each year, businesses designated as Honeywell Authorized Controls Integrators compete nationally for the award which is based on project volume, major project wins, creative solutions, technical competency and commitment to work with Honeywell business groups.

Honeywell chose Harris Controls for this distinction based on its outstanding work with Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. “It’s an honor to be recognized as the Contractor of the Year by an industry leader such as Honeywell,” says Harris Controls Vice President Todd Thiele. “Harris Controls is fortunate to have an outstanding customer-focused team who enable our pursuit of technically challenging projects. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our customers and the Harris Controls team who truly earned this award.”

HARRIS COMPANIES 85% COMPLETE WITH WORK AT U.S. BANK STADIUM

St. Paul, MN. (Feb 1, 2016) — As of February 1, 2016, our stadium team eclipsed the 85% completion mark at U.S. Bank Stadium and continues to push the schedule towards completion in July, 2016.

On the outside, the distinctive building enclosure system is almost finished and features metal wall panels, glass curtain walls, operable doors and a translucent roof system.  Inside, construction crews are shifting focus from rough-in activities to interior finishes as club areas, concessions, suites, restrooms, locker rooms, offices and back-of-house areas are completed. The aggressive finish schedule allowed U.S. Bank to hold its December annual meeting in the Viking Club.  The artificial turf playing field will begin installation in May.

At this time, Harris plumber, pipefitter and sheetmetal crews total approximately 125.  Several areas on the north side of the stadium are complete – plumbing fixtures set, HVAC diffusers mounted, food service equipment hooked-up and punchlist in progress.

Our most challenging work activities in the stadium’s upper bowl area are complete:

  • Supply Air Duct – Full perimeter 84” diameter supply duct supported off upper bowl catwalk.
  • Storm Drain – Storm drain and overflow piping connected to five riser locations up to 24” diameter.
  • Snowmelt System – Snowmelt tubing installed in 80,000′ of upper snow gutter.

The long hours spent preplanning and coordinating this work allowed for a safe, efficient and timely installation. We are thankful for all our construction partners and employees that have dedicated themselves and delivered on their commitments thus far.

HARRIS COMPANIES PURCHASES SUMMIT MECHANICAL FROM SUMMIT FIRE PROTECTION COMPANY

St. Paul, MN. (January 12, 2016) — Harris Companies is pleased to announce it has purchased Summit Mechanical – the mechanical and commercial plumbing divisions of St. Paul-based Summit Fire Protection Company.

Summit Mechanical will be incorporated by Harris Service St. Paul, led by General Manager Tom Danley. Harris Service is one of the Twin Cities’ most trusted providers of emergency service, preventative maintenance programs, retrofits and upgrades for commercial and industrial mechanical systems.

Says Danley, “I look forward to this very exciting opportunity. It will provide additional services to Harris customers and provide Summit customers with a long-term strategy for customer service excellence.” The addition of Summit Mechanical’s experienced pipefitters, plumbers, sheet metal workers and talented office personnel offers tremendous possibility to grow and manage Harris Service.

HARRIS COMPANIES’ FIELD HEAT SYSTEM AT THE TCF BANK STADIUM READY TO GO TO WORK IN SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES FOR VIKINGS FIRST PLAYOFF GAME SINCE 2012 SEASON

St. Paul, MN. (January 8, 2016) — Harris Mechanical worked on the TCF Bank Stadium Improvements, completed in July 2014. In order to serve as the temporary home of the Minnesota Vikings, the stadium was in need of some key improvements to accommodate both fans and players. With sub-zero temperatures forecasted for this Sunday when the Vikings host the Seattle Seahawks, the teams will benefit from the field heat system designed and installed by Harris Mechanical. The system essentially acts as a big radiator buried approximately 8″ beneath the field and team sidelines. It is designed to keep the field above 40º F. Learn more here.