One of Harrison’s first jobs was the roof of the Wise Mansion in Paris, pictured here.
“…many of the handsome buildings in Paris are a monument to their skill. It may also be stated that their work has, in nearly every instance, been most satisfactory to the owners, because neither of these gentlemen would take advantage of any loop-hole in a contract to slight the work, either from a material or mechanical standpoint…”
— Paris Chamber of Commerce publication, 1899
First aircraft hangar at Legion Field
Campbell Soup foundation planned by Charlie Walker
Harrison & Walker Metal Buildings Systems formed
Harrison, Walker & Harper Inc. formed
John Harrison’s daughter Alma’s birth certificate dated February 5 lists her father’s occupation as “contractor,” the first documented date in the company’s history, and basis for founding.
Harrison and his early partners build large elaborate homes for civic and business leaders, which become showcases for fine craftsmanship and new materials.
Following steady growth through the 1920s, the company survives the Great Depression of the 1930s and World War II largely on repair work.
The firm completes its first aircraft hangar at Legion Field for $700 — a precursor to the $10 million hangar HWH would build for E-Systems in the 1980s.
The introduction of Federal Housing Authority (FHA) loans revitalizes homebuilding activity for Harrison & Son and the industry. Barney Harrison becomes principal owner upon the death of J.W.
Barney’s son J.W. Harrison II joins his father as partner, shortly after returning from overseas service during WWII. Post war economic expansion brings more diversification in the late 1940s and 1950s.
Barney Harrison’s unexpected death makes J.W. II sole owner, and he successfully moves the company forward.
Charlie Walker joins J.W. Harrison II as engineer and equal partner in the company. He develops the site layout for a Campbell Soup production facility and many new industrial and institutional projects into the 1960s.
Chip Harper, J.W. II’s stepson, joins full-time, marking the company’s fourth generation as a family-owned business.
Harper takes the helm of the company’s Delta Steel Building franchise and quickly achieves record sales for the region.
The construction and building systems companies merge as Harrison Walker & Harper.
Chip Harper acquires sole ownership of the firm upon the retirement of the other partners, with sons Holland and Jordan on board as the fifth generation.
New projects in the industrial and aviation segments help propel further growth and development throughout the 1990s.
HWH marks its largest project to date in terms of area, the 766,000 SF Sterilite manufacturing facility in Ennis, Texas.
HWH launches The HWH Group, providing capital strategies and leveraging tax credit and location expertise. We Pack Logistics achieves SQF Level 3 certification and adds Dallas warehouse, fulfillment and packaging center.
The company consolidates leadership and staff in newly renovated office facilities at 2510 South Church Street in Paris.
HWH Engineering established to provide civil engineering services for customers.
Steadily increasing federal work on bases in central and south Texas expands the HWH San Antonio team.