In 1975, the company that would eventually become Harris Group Inc., Schuchart & Associates, consisted of two employees: Ed Allbaugh and Bob Harris.
Weyerhaeuser: Longview Mill
Weyerhaeuser in Longview, Washington, became an early customer of the company, beginning a relationship that has continued to this day. Other customers included Boise Cascade and Georgia Pacific.
Schuchart & Associates grew to 30 employees in their first year, and under the leadership of Bob Harris and Bill Hytinen, starting in 1977, expanded beyond pulp and paper to include natural gas compressor station projects with NW Pipeline (now Williams).
In the late 1970s Schuchart & Associates began working in Alaska. During this time, the firm’s reputation for value and customer satisfaction had grown by leaps and bounds, with the design of an award winning modular oil refinery delivered to the North Slope for Arco.
In 1983 Schuchart & Associates merged with Pearson, Pape, Allan & Huggins; PPA&H brought with them quality customers as well as challenging projects. The merger strengthened the “task force team approach” to projects, which included a large team dedicated to the ongoing work in Alaska.
Portland, OR, 1988
The second company to merge with Schuchart & Associates was the Portland office of Sandwell International, in 1985. Sandwell’s history dated back to 1959, and its acquisition was a timely opportunity, further strengthening the firm’s collective experience in large projects. In January 1985, Sandwell Portland merged with Schuchart & Associates.
In the late 80’s Schuchart & Associates became Harris Group Inc., and opened two new offices, including Denver, CO.
Denver, CO 1980's
Denver became the center for engineering services for the power generation and oil & gas markets. At the same time, Harris Group began providing project finance and independent engineering services, offering due diligence, providing lenders, investors, developers, and owner’s assistance with the development, financing, acquisition, divestiture, and monitoring of industrial and energy facilities.
In 1989 Harris Group's Life Sciences/Biopharmaceuticals market was formed, and was awarded one of its first projects with Immunex (now Amgen). As the business grew, new projects were executed from offices in Seattle, Denver, and Portland through the first decade, and more recently through offices in Thousand Oaks and San Francisco.
By the early 1990s Harris Group had nearly tripled in size. Its revenues had grown at an average annual rate of over 30%, and in 1992 Harris Group developed its Industrial Manufacturing and Aerospace businesses and began its long-term relationship with Boeing.
Seattle, WA 1990's
In 1995 Harris Group celebrated its 20th corporate anniversary. A vision for a worldwide delivery system for engineering helped lead to the establishment of Harris Group International Inc. - its first mandate: to secure a large market share of the Russian pulp and paper business. At the same time, Harris Group was implementing PDMS and WAN resources to enhance its global delivery systems.
In the mid 90’s Harris Group began serving the Emerging Technologies (moving emerging technologies from concepts to commercialization) and Renewable Fuels and Chemicals marketplaces. Both markets grew out of Harris Group's pulp and paper market sector in response to its customers’ objective to maximize the value of all their resources. When demand for ethanol began to increase, there was a growing advantage for Harris Group's pulp and paper customers to convert sawdust and other forest products residues into fuel.