Revolutionizing Early Communications
Harris Corporation was founded in the 1890s by Alfred and Charles Harris. The brothers ran a jewelry store in Niles, Ohio, while they tinkered with a variety of new gadgets. Their first truly successful invention was an automatic sheet feeder that eliminated the laborious job of hand-feeding printing presses.
Ironically, the sheet feeder was too advanced for the printing presses of the day, so the brothers developed a new printing press that was better able to accommodate it. The press was revolutionary, delivering 10 times what a pressman could feed by hand. In fact, the press was so much faster than anything available that the brothers had to understate its capabilities in order to get potential customers to believe them.
On December 23, 1895, the Harris Automatic Press Company was incorporated. The company went on to produce many printing innovations during the early 1900s. By the middle of the century, it had grown into one of the world's largest and most successful manufacturers of printing equipment under a new name - Harris-Seybold.
Moving Into the Space Age
The company continued to grow and evolve, and in 1957, Harris-Seybold merged with Intertype Corporation, a world leader in typesetting equipment. Company leaders wanted to move beyond printed communications into the broader field of electronic communications. Thus began a series of moves that transitioned Harris-Intertype into the Space Age and added broadcasting and microwave communications capabilities.
The company's transformation to a pure electronics business began in 1967, when it acquired Radiation Inc., a manufacturer of space and military technology located in Melbourne, Florida, just south of Cape Canaveral.
Radiation was a premier developer of miniaturized electronic tracking and pulse code technologies for America's fledgling space program. Its products were used on the nation's first communication and weather satellites, by the military for various missile systems, and were instrumental in the first manned space flights and the Apollo missions to the Moon.
In 1974, the company name was changed to Harris Corporation, and its headquarters moved from Cleveland, Ohio, to Melbourne. In the 20 years that followed, Harris sold its printing business and significantly expanded its electronic product offerings and market reach. By the time of its centennial celebration in 1995, Harris had emerged as a global company serving a broad base of communications and information technology markets.
Transforming Critical Communications and Information Technology Today
During its 117-year history, Harris has transformed communications and information technology - from the early printing press, to the Space Age, and to today's fast-paced digital age. Since its beginnings, it has focused on providing innovative, reliable solutions that deliver critical information at the right place, at the right time, and on the right device.
Today, Harris is one of the only companies focused exclusively on developing the most trusted voice, data and video networks - networks that touch millions of lives every day. Harris solutions are taking network reliability and security to an entirely new level and are solving the toughest technology challenges faced by businesses and governments around the world.
Every day, the company's employees serve customers around the world, in markets where trusted network solutions are critical to success - defense, national intelligence, civilian and international government, public safety and public service, energy, and maritime, broadcast and new media, healthcare, and enterprise.
Our mission and values are the driving force behind all we do at Harris Corporation.
Harris Corporation will be the best-in-class global provider of mission-critical assured communications products, systems and services to both government and commercial customers, combining advanced technology and application knowledge to offer a superior value proposition.
Our Values: Shaping the Difference
Integrity – In our words and actions. We never compromise our values in pursuit of business performance and success.
Excellence – In everything we do. We work relentlessly to obtain the highest quality results through continuous improvement and flawless execution.
Customers – Exceeding expectations. We are passionate about our customers' success and strive to exceed their expectations every day.
Results – Focused on driving business growth and shareholder returns and rewarding performance. We succeed as individuals and as a company when we grow our businesses and create shareholder value.
Innovation – Demonstrating initiative and creative thinking. We challenge the status quo, embrace change and solve problems through innovation, agility and creative thinking.
Inclusion – Embracing diverse ideas and talent. We realize that success comes from diverse ideas and talent working together to achieve our goals.
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Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and about 14,000 employees — including 6,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured...
Mission: To be the best-in-class global provider of mission-critical assured communications products, systems and services to both government and commercial customers, combining...