Harris Corporation

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Harris Corporation
Type Public
Traded as NYSEHRS
S&P 500 Component
Industry Telecommunications equipment
Founded 1895 (1895)
Headquarters Melbourne, Florida
Key people William M. Brown, President and CEO
Products Defense and Communications
Revenue Increase US$5925 million (2011)[1]
Operating income Increase US$587 million (2011)[1]
Net income Increase US$587 million (2011)[1]
Total assets Increase US$6173 million (2011)[1]
Total equity Increase US$2512 million (2011)[1]
Employees Increase 16,900 (2011)[1]
Divisions RF Communications, Integrated Network Solutions, Government Communications Systems
Website www.harris.com

Harris Corporation is an American Florida-based international telecommunications equipment company that produces wireless equipment, electronic systems, and both terrestrial and spaceborne antennas for use in the government, defense, and commercial sectors. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 14,000 employees — including nearly 6,000 engineers and scientists.[2]

The company is the largest private-sector employer in Brevard County, Florida (approximately 6400 of more than 15000 company-wide).[3] The company was the parent of Intersil (Harris Semiconductor). Most of the wireless start-ups in South Brevard County were founded and are staffed by former Harris Corporation engineers and technicians[citation needed]. The company's Digital Telephone Systems (DTS) division was sold to Teltronics. In 2009, Harris was one of the top 100 federal contractors.[4]


Harris MR80C88 processor.

The "Harris Automatic Press Company" was founded in Niles, Ohio in 1895. They spent the next 60 years developing lithographic processes and printing presses before acquiring typesetting company Intertype Corporation. In 1957, Harris acquired Gates Radio a producer of broadcast electronics.

In 1959, they acquired microwave technology company PRD Electronics of Brooklyn, New York.[citation needed]

In 1967, they merged with Radiation, Inc. of Melbourne, Florida, a developer of antenna, integrated circuit, and modem technology used in the space race. The company headquarters was moved from Cleveland to Melbourne in 1978.[citation needed]

In 1969, Harris Corporation acquired RF Communications and Farinon, furthering its microwave assets. The printing operations were sold off in 1983 and are now known as GSS Printing Equipment. GSS Printing Equipment later acquired Lanier Worldwide, which itself was spun off from Harris Corporation in the late 1990s.[citation needed][clarification needed]

In 1988, Harris acquired GE’s semiconductor business, which at this time, also incorporated the Intersil and RCA semiconductor businesses. These were combined with Harris' existing semiconductor businesses, which were then spun-off in 1999 as an independent company, under the Intersil name.

In 1996, Harris Corporation formed a joint venture with Shenzhen Telecom Company to produce and sell Harris’ digital microwave radios and integrate them with other systems.[citation needed][clarification needed]

In November 1998, Harris sold its commercial and standard military logic (semiconductor) product lines to Texas Instruments, which included the HC/HCT, CD4000, AC/ACT, and FCT product families. Harris retained production of the Radiation Hardened versions of these products.

In 2005, the corporation spent $870 million on research and development.[5]

In January 2011 Harris re-opened its Calgary, Alberta avionics operation, Harris Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Harris Corporation. The expanded facility's operations include among others the support of the work to be completed under the company's six-year, $273 million (CAD) services contract with the Government of Canada for the CF-18 Avionics Optimized Weapon System Support (OWSS) program.[6]

On December 2012, Harris Corporation sold its broadcast equipment operations to the Gores Group which operates as Harris Broadcast.[7] Harris received $225M for the transaction, exactly half of what it paid seven years earlier for Leitch Technology, its final acquisition for the Broadcast division.[8]

Chief executives[edit]

Chief executives
Name Title Tenure
Alfred S. Harris President 1895–1947
Vernon Mitchell 1947–1955
George S. Dively Chairman & CEO 1955–1972
Richard B. Tullis Chairman & CEO 1972–1978
Joseph A. Boyd Chairman & CEO 1978–1987
John T. Hartley Chairman & CEO 1987 – June 1995
Phillip W. Farmer Chairman, CEO & President July 1995 – January 2003
Howard L. Lance Chairman, CEO & President February 2003 – October 2011
William M. Brown CEO & President November 2011 – present

Board of directors[edit]

  • William M. Brown - Chief Executive Officer
  • Howard L. Lance – Chairman of the Board
  • Thomas A. Dattilo
  • Terry D. Growcock
  • Lewis Hay III
  • Karen Katen
  • Stephen P. Kaufman
  • Leslie F. Kenne
  • David B. Rickard
  • Dr. James C. Stoffel
  • Gregory T. Swienton
  • Hansel E. Tookes II

Business Segments[edit]

RF Communications[edit]

RF Communications[9] supplies secure tactical radio communications for military, defense, and other government organizations.[citation needed] The Falcon range of software-defined radio systems encompasses manpack, vehicular, handheld, and personal-role radio applications. Falcon III is a multiband, multimission tactical radio that enables networked battlefield communications through its wideband networking capability. Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications[10] designs and builds communications networks and products for customers in the public safety, civilian, federal agencies, utility, transportation, and transit markets. Products range from VIDA networks, to P25IP and OpenSky wireless communications systems for first responders to VIDA Broadband solutions for Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Government Communications Systems[edit]

Government Communications Systems develops, produces, integrates, and supports systems for defense, national intelligence, federal and civil customers. Its customers include the U.S. Department of Defense and national intelligence agencies, as well as Federal civilian agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration, U. S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of State, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration[citation needed].

The firm produces the Stingray phone tracker, and the Hailstorm phone tracker, devices that masquerade as cell phone towers to trick phones into connecting to them so that police can monitor phone calls. [11][12]

Government Communications Systems is composed of three customer focused businesses—Defense Programs,[13] National Intelligence Programs,[14] Civil Programs.[15]

Integrated Network Solutions[edit]

Integrated Network Solutions, which includes Broadcast Communications, supplies technology solutions to TV stations and networks; cable, satellite, telecommunications, and other media content providers; government customers; and sports and entertainment organizations.

List of Harris acquisitions[edit]

Below is a list of all Harris acquisitions, starting in 1995.

  • Carefx (2011)
  • Schlumberger Global Communications Services (GCS) Division (2011)
  • CapRock Communications (2010)[16]
  • SignaCert (2010)*[17]
  • SolaCom ATC Solutions (2009)
  • Tyco Electronics (MA-COM) Wireless Systems (2009)
  • Crucial Security, Inc. (2009)
  • Zandar Technologies Ltd. (2007)
  • Multimax (2007)
  • Aastra Digital Video (2006)
  • Optimal Solutions, Inc. (2006)
  • Leitch Technology (2005)
  • Orkand Corporation (2004 – Now Harris Enterprise Services)
  • Encoda Systems (2004)
  • ImageLinks, Inc. (2004)
  • Hirschmann Multimedia Communications Network (2001)
  • Exigent International, Inc. (2001)
  • Wavtrace, Inc. (2000)
  • Lucent Technologies' Point-to-Point Microwave Business (2000)
  • Louth Automation (2000)
  • Audio Broadcast Group, Inc. (1999)
  • Pacific Research & Engineering Corporation (1999)
  • CHOICE Microsystems (1999)
  • Intraplex, Inc. (1999)
  • Agfa Copying Systems, Inc. (1998)
  • Trans-Comp, Inc. (1998 – Spun-off with Lanier Worldwide)
  • Northeast Broadcast Lab (1997)
  • NovAtel Communications (1995)
  • Triplett Corporation's Cellular and Telecommunications Business (1995)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Harris Corporation (2011-08-29), Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 1, 2011, Washington, D.C.: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, File 001-03863, film 111063669, retrieved 2011-12-27 
  2. ^ Harris Corporation, August 2013
  3. ^ Brevard County Public Schools, 10 October 2013
  4. ^ "Top 100 Contractors Report - Fiscal Year 2009". fpds.gov. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Peterson, Patrick (17 October 2010). "Harris considers PB overhaul". Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today. pp. 1E. 
  6. ^ Harris Corporation
  7. ^ http://harris.com/press/article.asp?id=3558
  8. ^ Leitch agrees to $450 million acquisition by Harris, BroadcastEngineering, 1 September 2005
  9. ^ Tactical Radios & Defense Communications | Harris Corporation
  10. ^ Harris Corporation
  11. ^ Company Producing Spy Gear for Cops Calls Cops on PINAC for Recording Facilities from Public, by Carlos Miller, Photography is Not a Crime
  12. ^ "Cellphone tracker use lacks oversight". Detroit News. 
  13. ^ Harris Corporation
  14. ^ Harris Corporation
  15. ^ Harris Corporation
  16. ^ Harris Corporation Completes Acquisition of CapRock Communications
  17. ^ "Communications company Harris Corp to acquire IT compliance organisation". newstatesman.com. May 2010. 

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