130+ years of unparalleled progress and expansion.
John W. Harrison’s daughter Alma is born. On her birth certificate, “Contractor” is listed as her father’s occupation… thus marking the birth of HWH.
Harrison and his early partners build large elaborate homes for civic and business leaders, which become showcases for fine craftsmanship and new materials.
The firm completes its first aircraft hangarat Legion Field for $700 — a precursor to the Boeing 747 Air Force One hangar HWH would design and build for E-Systems in the 1980s.
The introduction of Federal Housing Authority (FHA) loans revitalizes homebuilding activity for Harrison’s company, now called Harrison & Son. Later, Barney Harrison becomes principal owner upon the death of his father, John 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. He successfully moves the company forward.
Charlie Walker joins J.W. II as engineer and equal partner in the company. He develops the site layout for a Campbell Soup Company production facility and many new industrial and institutional projects into the 1960s.
Chip Harper, J.W. II’s stepson, joins full-time. This marks 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 launches an Industrial division in order to serve emerging markets and new manufacturing clients.