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rogerRoger Harris started his electrical business in 1960 out of his home in Arthur, Illinois. This consisted of mostly farmstead electrical wiring and some residential wiring. His wife Glenna assisted Roger by doing the bookwork. In 1961, Roger and Glenna moved to Atwood where they continued to operate the business out of their home. Roger worked by himself until 1965 when he hired his first employee, George Fombelle.
Roger purchased the building where he operates his business today from Paul T. Quick in 1969. Many changes have been made to the building. In 1970 Wanda Long was the first hired office employee. Roger, with the help of Lloyd Lowder, started Harris Industries, Inc. in 1977. Harris Industries, Inc. was established to provide a service within the grain industry to repair old wooden “manlifts”. He later expanded this service to include special purpose personnel elevators and belt manlifts.

In 2003, Harris Companies expanded their operation by forming Harris International Elevator, Inc. (formerly Viola Industries and International Elevator Co. Inc.) In March of 2005 Harris Industries, Inc. and Harris International Elevator, Inc. merged to form one company retaining the name Harris International Elevator, Inc. This company manufactures special purpose personnel elevators, freight elevators and replacement parts for these elevators.



In 2012, R. Harris Electric Inc. and Harris International Elevator Inc. formed one company, Harris Companies Inc. with two divisions; Elevator and Electric. Though the names have changed throughout the years, the ownership remains the same.

The sales and service department of Harris Companies Inc. Elevator division specializes in the sale, installation, repair, and safety surveys of special purpose personnel elevators, manual hand powered elevators and freight elevators. This enables us to provide a “turn-key” installation from the planning, ordering, steel erection, electrical, testing and instruction of personnel as to the proper use and scott-stanmaintenance of the equipment.

Scott Harris, (Roger’s son), manages the Elevator Division. Jeff Wright, Ted Gandy, Bill Erb and TJ McCutcheon, make up the other members of our service crews. They make an extra effort to make sure all special purpose personnel elevators, hand powered elevators and freight elevators are properly installed, repaired, and maintained to meet ASME A17.1 standards. Our crews travel worldwide. Scott Aubert and Ryan Aubert manage fabrication, making sure the fab shop is running smoothly.

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