Established in 1948 Harsh’s team of innovators began designing and producing first of a kind truck hoist industry that changed and greatly improved the way things were done. Today Harsh continues to set worldwide standards for and manufactures a wide variety of product lines. From hydraulic truck hoists, feedlot & dairy mixers, manure spreaders, roller & flaker mills to satellite antennas, specialized electronic weighing systems and environmental improvement products. That same love for innovation and making a difference has proven to be the heart and driving force from day one forward for Harsh.
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Farm Journal October 1955
March, 1945, Okinawa, a U.S. Navy doctor works over the shattered body of diver. He’d been down 75 feet, cutting through the hull of sunken destroyer, had rescued three men buried alive. At that moment, an enemy fighter plane blew up a nearby warship.
They shipped Seaman Leo “Bud” Harsh home to die, his body flattened, his skull crushed like an eggshell. Bud survived and though crippled endured on to build his billion-dollar truck business back in 1948 in the small town of Eaton, CO (Pop. 1,500) and was most likely the No. 1 American success story of that year. When Bud Harsh made his first hoist back in 1948, he introduced a product destined to become a true world leader, in truck hydraulics, nothing quite like it had ever happened before. Certainly nothing has equaled it since, HARSH is the original. HARSH hoists work faultlessly, day in day out, in the toughest conditions around the globe. From Colorado the home of HARSH in the Rocky Mountains of the U.S.A. North to Canada and the Arctic Circle, South to Latin America, and throughout Europe and Asia to the Far East.
Remembering yesterday, making a difference today and preparing for a brilliant tomorrow
The evolution from Bud to Andy
It was’t just continued advancements for Bud’s legacy, but rather an eerily profound catalyst for accelerated improvements and growth engendered by the combination of current technology, dedication and more American ingenuity from yet another American veteran “Andy”.
As a former Marine, seasoned entrepreneur and engineer Andy took Harsh under his wing and further created a true icon in the industry. Andy implemented a whole new level of automation for Harsh that not only improved the product designs and manufacturability, but also created a much more stable business that doubled the number of very talented employees and tripled Harsh’s growth in a matter of only a few years. At 82 years of age, twenty eight years later and more enthusiasm than his first day at Harsh Andy continues to enforce a Modus Operandi of constant and never-ending improvement at Harsh International Inc. in the little town of Eaton Colorado. Andy maintains that, 'only that which is profitable is sustainable' and therefore acknowledges that not only must Harsh and Harsh’s venders be profitable, but that the products produced by Harsh MUST support our customers ability to produce higher profits.
We invite you to come visit us and see for yourself, a highly connected team striving for excellence and fully enjoying the process.