Harmon describes himself as a “worker bee” who didn’t go
to college but is “a work in progress.”
His professional life began in the ’70s and ’80s on a
Caterpillar assembly line.
“I thought I was going to be building tractors for the rest of
my life,” he said.
Then he got laid off. For five years, he worked as a car
“I was quite good at it, and I learned how to communicate
with people in this industry,” he said.
After that, Harmon worked for a distributor that sold to
DRW. When DRW wanted to expand its purchasing power,
Harmon got the job.
“I’m lucky,” he said. “I was born with good common
sense, and I have an ability to figure things out.”
He said he was smart enough to listen and has been
learning ever since. That includes listening when anyone says
to avoid Chicago traffic.
Harmon’s morning commute can take about an hour; in
the evening it can be up to two hours. To avoid it, Harmon
arrives by 4 or 4: 30 a.m. He sets up construction, deals with
issues and performs quotes and other job functions. He works
until 2: 30 or 3 p.m.
If anyone asks, DRW is open.
“We’re functioning, and we’re still looking for a building,
“The phones are still ringing, and that’s a good thing.”
Kristen Wright is editor in chief of the PEI
Journal. Reach her at email@example.com.
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