In 2009, one of the largest retailers of elevators and lifts in North America—and the company Harris had worked for since graduating high school—closed its doors. Chris had one of those “Uh-oh, this is all I know,” moments. The way he saw it, he had two choices: he could go to work for an elevator manufacturing company out of the country and leave behind the area where he grew up along with all his family and friends, or he could go into business for himself.
Chris says, “When that company closed, it left a huge gap in the North American elevator market, so there was definitely opportunity.” To open his own shop, Chris had to take action. “I sold two vehicles, cashed in a 401k and a retirement fund to get some start-up capital, and I put all my personal assets up as collateral.” In other words, he was “all-in” from the start.