After 52 years of service which has seen him progress from apprentice joiner to director, Gordon Harrison is stepping down from North Lincolnshire-based building contractors, L Harrison & Co (Eastoft) Ltd and planning his retirement in the knowledge that the company is stronger than ever.
Harrison has changed beyond recognition since 1962, when a 15-year-old Gordon joined a family business founded 16 years earlier by his uncle, Leonard Harrison. Under Leonard and Gordon’s father Eric, the company initially concentrated on the construction of small agricultural buildings but Gordon’s arrival coincided with an expansion to include major industrial, commercial and residential development. Gordon and his cousin Jim took over the management of the company in the 1970s and today Harrison’s portfolio encompasses a huge range of developments across all sectors. Gordon’s final project as director was a 15-month scheme involving an innovative anaerobic digestion plant in Crowle which is generating gas and electricity on behalf of Rockscape Energy.
“My last project at Crowle was a world away from my very first one working on a one-off house as a young apprentice. It is pleasing to look back over five decades and reflect on the company’s steady, consistent growth through the many highs and lows of the economic cycle. The construction industry has changed considerably over that time – largely for the better, particularly with regard to tighter regulation of overall building standards and practices.
“I’ve served Harrison in several capacities, including site manager, company manager and finally director, and in that time we’ve designed and built factories, offices, warehouses, car showrooms, residential developments, chilled product distribution centres, grain stores, workshops and all manner of civil engineering projects. I’m proud of the reputation we’ve built during my time and pleased to say that we have an excellent management team to carry the company forward with managing director Andrew Largent at the helm and the continued support of our parent company, Orion Developments, which acquired Harrison in 2007. Jim is still on the board as the family’s last representative. I now have more time to devote to following Scunthorpe United!”