The Harris Products Group has announced Patrick W. Fagerquist as its new vice-president of Sales for North America, effective January 1, 2013.

The company has been in the headlines recently after winning a Best Plants Competition and also begins the New Year with the addition of a 25-year veteran of industrial sales, in Fagerquist.

That illustrious sales history dates back to 1987 when Fagerquist joined The Lincoln Electric Company, parent company of The Harris Products Group, as a technical sales representative. He most recently served as a regional sales manager in the Southwest for Lincoln Electric, developing key accounts and growing the business, and has also led the largest domestic region in the Lincoln Electric organization.

“Patrick brings valuable experience in industrial sales to The Harris Products Group. I am confident his knowledge of the marketplace will be an asset to our entire sales force,” said David J. Nangle, president of The Harris Products Group.

“He knows what customers are looking for – quality, professional-grade products and an expert, solution-focused sales force.”

All sales personnel managing industrial distribution, wholesale distribution, OEM, inside sales and customer service for The Harris Products Group will report to Fagerquist. He will be responsible for all sales personnel in North America, supporting customers and our full product portfolio, including industrial and specialty gas equipment and welding, brazing and soldering products.