To say I’m proud to be a part of a company that celebrates its 100th anniversary is an understatement. We’ve come a long way from when my dad Jack Harper Sr., founded the company is 1919. We’ve survived the great depression, wars, the technical revolution and a fire that burned our building and equipment to the ground in 1970. The reason we’re still here is our people and persistence. We’ve been privileged to employ a very special group of people and work with an impressive list of customers and suppliers who’ve made us strive to constantly ask ourselves – “How can we be better”? “What’s next”? Although our business has evolved over the years as a function of necessity, what’s stayed the same is our commitment to excellence and integrity. I’ve always said, “Do what you say you’re going to do and do it well.” I think we’ve done that in spades, and I want to thank each and every person who’s been a part of our 100-year history.
Harper Standard burns to the ground
April 30, 1970, Harper Standard Engraving’s new facility is devastated by fire and completely burns to the ground. Jack commissions the work, Phoenix Rising From The Ashes, by renowned artist Bart Forbes to commemorate their struggle and eventual resurgence....
From the Ashes
With a newly rebuilt state of the art facility, the company continues its trend to innovation with the area’s first 30” x 40” process camera and is among the first in the country to install a Crosfield color scanner. The company changes its name from Harper Standard Engraving to Harper House, as engraving had become a small part of its product mix....
A century of infinite possibilities
As we reflect on our centennial, we are grateful for where we are today and excited for what the future holds. There have been many members of the Harper House family and lives that have been touched by the work we accomplish. We give thanks to all those, past and present, who provide their talents, ideas and heart into making Harper House successful through the decades....