Representatives from the State of Ohio and the City of Mason gathered recently to honour The Harris Products Group for its recognition by IndustryWeek as one of the country’s Best Plants and for its contribution to the community.

Nearly 200 employees of the company’s Mason, Ohio facility and global headquarters gathered to hear the remarks and accept the honour.

The city and state honoured the company following recognition as one of the best manufacturing plants in North America. The facility was named one of six winners in IndustryWeek’s prestigious Best Plants competition.

“The Harris Products Group is proud to be an integral part of the business community in Southwest Ohio,” said David J. Nangle, President of The Harris Products Group.

“From this Mason location, we deliver more than half of our product volume to customers in more than 90 countries around the world.”

Victor Kidd, Vice-Mayor of the City of Mason, and Sherri Carbo, the Southwest Regional Liaison for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, provided comments and congratulations to plant leaders and employees.

Carbo read a proclamation from the State of Ohio on Friday, declaring the day to be Harris Products Group Day.

“The Harris Products Group has been a shining example of Ohio’s comeback as they have reimagined their business plan in order to meet the demands of their industry,” Carbo added. “It is our honour to acknowledge your successes, and we hope that you will be able to continue to capitalise on your hard work and determination.”

As part of the event, Harris’ Nangle also announced individual recognitions for plant employees for perfect attendance and honoured six President’s Award winners for their contributions to the company’s success.

“The accolades we have received this year are only possible because of our team’s commitment to the customer, to high quality and to continuous improvement. These individuals exemplify the qualities of a company performing at its best. For every one being honoured today, there are dozens more worthy of recognition,” Nangle said.

 This was a sentiment expressed by the company shortly after it scooped the award, in an exclusive interview with gasworld.

Speaking exclusively after receiving the award, the President of the company was joined by Vice-President Dan Marascalchi and Plant Manager for the Mason facility Rob Temple. The trio were quick to stress the commendation received by the company is tribute to the hard work ethos of all employees which they demonstrated continuously during the three-year assessment period.