Our Commercial Painting Company’s History
Harrison Contracting Company was incorporated in March of 1995 and we began in agricultural facilities maintenance. The roots of our commercial painting company were started by Deryl Harrison in the mid-1960s and over the years, he worked with a variety of agricultural companies, repainting feed mills, silos and all types of industrial and commercial projects. He started our vision of being industry leaders by saying, “We may be a bunch of painters, but we don’t have to look like it!” From that quote forward, we have strived to improve the image of the commercial painting industry and maintain our image with just as high of standards as you have for yours.
In 1995, HCC grew into the new construction painting market by painting our very first commercial project — a new Publix store on West Paces Ferry in the Atlanta area. From that point, we grew our new construction painting division to service a variety of retail, commercial office, government, medical and industrial painting services.
Through our relationships with national retailer new construction teams, we developed our rollout re-image department in 1997. Starting with national big-box retailers in the southeast U.S., we now partner with a variety of big-box, small-box and many in-between-size retail companies, developing rollout programs to maintain and even re-image their facilities. This diversification served us well through the recession of 2008-2011. Without this part of our business, we would have been hard-pressed to keep the ball rolling on new construction painting alone. Luckily, since the downturn, new construction has returned to a healthy level and we work with both general contractors and direct owners throughout the country, primarily in Georgia, Florida and Dallas.
Through the decades, our core team of commercial painting contractors has grown to a head count of well over 100 and has relocated twice as we needed to expand to better service our valued existing and new clients. Along with the home office expansions and relocations, we opened two new divisions: Destin, Florida and Tampa, Florida. These moves have served us well to help expand our commercial painting and facility maintenance service offerings and support network.
Our Destin office started as a focus market serviced out of our home office that quickly grew into a self-sufficient division servicing the Gulf Coast-area condominium associations, local general contractor and the local military bases. Today, Destin maintains a full office staff, more than twenty commercial painters and a host of company-owned equipment. They have also relocated multiple times and now call Fort Walton Beach home.
Our Tampa office opened in the fall of 2008 when we brought Steve Lampasona on board to develop our Facility Maintenance Work Order division. His experience and network in the retail community helps to support an office that processes well over 50 work orders a week and expands every day. In 2015, having been in the area for nearly seven years, we decided to expand that division to support the central Florida market with local commercial painters, equipment and staff.
Celebrating 25 Years
This year (2020) marked our 25th anniversary and with it came tremendous growth and challenges. Through the years, we learned quite a bit about the commercial painting and facility maintenance industry. Some through success, other things through failure. Yet, through it all, we became “large enough to handle the volume … small enough to handle the details.” We look forward to growing more with our existing clients as well as new customers each day!