Jean Schmidt (R) OH Dave Nangle, president of The Harris Products Group speaks with Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) at their Mason headquarters.

Rep. Jean Schmidt visits Harris Products Group's Mason headquarters

Mason, OH - Sep 06, 2011 :

The Harris Products Group, a world leader in brazing, soldering and welding alloys and equipment, hosted Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) for a few hours on Friday, Aug. 19, at the company’s headquarters in Mason, Ohio.

The Harris Products Group employs about 600 people around the world; about 175 are employed by the global headquarters in Mason, Ohio. Dave Nangle, the president of The Harris Products Group, invited Schmidt to give the congresswoman insights into the impact of the current economic conditions on U.S. manufacturing, tour the facility and talk to members of the Harris team.

“We appreciated the opportunity to hear from Representative Schmidt and discuss some topics of importance to us, like job creation, the ability to compete with overseas manufacturers and corporate tax reform,” Nangle said.

In addition to sharing the company’s history and the state of the business through the recent recession and the ongoing recovery, Nangle provided Schmidt and members of her staff with a tour of the 250,500-square-foot facility. He explained how Harris alloys are produced from the raw material, to the end product alloys that customers use in manufacturing, construction, HVAC, refrigeration, metal fabrication and other industries.

Nangle also explained some of the Lean Six Sigma techniques the company has used to keep manufacturing costs low, allowing Harris to compete with international companies and export to more than 90 countries around the world.

“I think you do a great job, and I applaud you for the work you’re doing here and the contribution you’re making to the community,” Schmidt said.

About The Harris Products Group
The Harris Products Group, a Lincoln Electric Company, is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of cutting, welding, brazing, and soldering equipment and consumables and gas distribution systems. Harris Products Group products are sold and used in more than 90 countries. For more information about the Harris Products Group and its products and services, please visit the company's web site at www.harrisproductsgroup.com.

Contact Information:
Ira Vea Bennett, Director of Marketing
The Harris Products Group
2345 Murphy Boulevard
Gainesville, GA 30504-6000
Tel: 770.538.6184
Fax: 770.535.8358
Email: ira_bennett@lincolnelectric.com