G.S. HARRIS CO., INC. CELEBRATES 50 YEARS.
Fifty years ago on January 26, 1966 in Ogden, Utah, G.S. Harris Co., Inc. sold its first order of Harristone. Founder, Grant Harris, with humble beginnings, had only a tiny office, one employee and his vision for the future. Given amazing insight and ingenuity, Grant set forth a remarkable blueprint that still delivers award-winning products for today’s stone veneer marketplace.
More than 50 years later, G.S. Harris Co. Inc. is still family owned and operated. Harristone remains a pioneer in the stone industry that has grown to become one of the largest, most well-respected stone veneer companies in the U.S. Thank you for an excellent 50 years, and here’s to another 50 to come.
In the early 1960s, brick homes were popping up everywhere. But Grant Harris had always been inspired by the rugged beauty of the stone homes that stand majestically at the center of many Western frontier towns. Taking a page from the ingenuity of these early pioneers, Harristone was formed with a single goal: design affordable, attractive manufactured stones that bring together the best of the future and the past. Soon Harristone became an integral part of home designs that boasted a mix of brick, wood and stone, the building blocks of the American West. 50 years later, Harristone remains a pioneer in the stone industry, offering designs that add an earthy sophistication to homes, cabins and commercial areas alike.
The Harristone process begins with an eye toward Mother Nature. We start by seeking out the country’s best formations, from the mountains of Montana, to Ohio’s riverbeds, to the majestic canyons in our own Utah backyard. These are the models which serve as inspiration for the world’s finest precast stones and accessories, the Harristone collection.
WHY CHOOSE HARRISTONE?
Natural stone is solid, rugged and impervious to the elements. It’s also extremely expensive, not to mention heavy. Harristone veneers deliver the authentic look and feel of natural stone without the expensive price tag. That’s why it is used as an accent on everything from new and existing homes to commercial buildings.
THE CHOICE OF WORKING PROFESSIONALS
Our lightweight, all-masonry Harristone requires no footings, foundation or structural support when used on a solid surface. It simply offers the genuine look and feel of natural stone and installs quickly and easily. That explains why Harristone is the manufactured stone veneer of choice for professional masons and remodeling specialists across the country.
THE ART OF CREATING HARRISTONE
There’s an art to creating authentic and easy-to-use stone. An art we’ve been perfecting for 50 years. We begin the process by scouring the country to find the most expressive and exceptional stones. From Southwestern deserts and glacially fed rivers to the rolling hills of America’s heartland, our search for characteristic stone has taken us to some spectacular places. After hand-selecting stones in a variety of sizes and shapes, we return to our manufacturing facility where we create custom-molds of each stone. It’s during this casting process that our expert masons chisel, smooth and refine each stone pattern. As a result, Harristone’s manufactured stones install quickly and easily, whether you’re a professional mason or handling the job yourself.