Addressing this issue with its ability to design sanitary, simple, effective, and easy-to-maintain material handling equipment is St. Paul, Minn.-based Harris. The company combines its innovative material handling portfolio with the comprehensive metal fabrication expertise of its team and their unmatched problem-solving capabilities to assist businesses in establishing efficient and safe material handling processes. “We closely collaborate with our clients, from operations all the way to maintenance and engineering, and leverage our problem-solving ability to deliver a solution that best-suits a client’s need,” says Craig Baller, general manager, Conveyors, at Harris.
Founded in 1948, Harris acquired HiMEC, Inc. in 2005, which led to the company’s expanded emphasis on developing a metal job-shop with a focus on conveyor systems. The division traversed its fair share of ups-and-downs as Baller mentions how Harris’ conveyors business fell during the 2009 recession only to come back stronger than ever by 2011, with annual business over USD five million, and through continued growth, today exceeds USD 10 million. As a company, Harris has become one of the largest mechanical contractors in the U.S. with dedicated arms for design and engineering,, controls, service, manufacturing, and more.
With such unparalleled core competencies, Harris has ignited several success stories across the U.S. In one instance, the company helped an engineering firm deliver on their promise to provide 75 large belt conveyor systems to their F&B customer. This project came to Harris right in the middle of the pandemic, which meant that the company’s team was working from home. Even as they worked remotely, however, the company’s problem-solving capabilities and emphasis on delivering seamless customer experiences helped in designing and developing the entire project without stepping into the client’s facility. “We supplied individual conveyor drawings in 3-D step files, which were then implemented into 3-D layout drawing, which was followed by efficient manufacturing and timely shipping processes,” explains Baller. Above all, Harris delivered success through close collaboration with client teams and enhanced problem-solving.
Moving forward, Harris aims to expand its workforce by adding a new estimating manager, designer/ project manager trainee and an additional regional sales engineer, in an attempt to build strong footprints in newer territories in the coming months. In fact, Baller also mentions plans to develop better acquisition models to grow through critical mergers. To conclude, Baller reiterates the ethos of his company, “We will continue to be the partner that delivers the best possible material handling solution, whether that entails maintainability, sanitation, or operations.”