What he does remember is that the company was started by his stepfather and two other sheet metal craftsmen. The trio leased 1,200 feet of space in the basement of a downtown Atlanta building and turned it into their sheet metal shop. With little more than a hand brake, a Pittsburgh machine and about eight employees, they began turning out rectangular duct and fittings for small commercial jobs in the area.
After a year, Harris' two partners dropped out, leaving Harris to solely oversee the company. Under his guidance, B.H.W. grew to become one of the largest sheet metal firms in the state, with clients that included Delta Airlines and the Centers for Disease Control.