In a few years, Harris Corp. has grown its Colorado Springs location from three employees to 83 and has plans to continue to grow in spite of the uncertain federal budget environment.
The company started its government services division in the Springs in 2006. Division head Chris Forseth said the company outgrew both its first two locations and opened the third location in the Springs yesterday. Harris specializes in communications and information technology. It has 60 percent of the domestic military radio market and 40 percent of the international market. It also works with information technology, cyber security, satellite maintenance and communications.
Located at Academy and Fountain boulevards, the newest 9,000-square-foot location puts it closer to Peterson and Schriever Air Force bases and augments its 85,000 square foot facility near the Colorado Springs Airport.
“We’ve positioned ourselves well in the Springs,” Forseth said. “This move will allow us to be closer both to our clients and to other companies we do business with. We were sort of an island out there by the airport. The growth here has been very steady.
“In the next 12 to 18 months, we’re going to be bidding on several contracts that are coming up. We think we’ll be able to compete – and deliver on those contracts.”
While Harris’s government services division is new and growing, it’s information technology division has retained a steady presence in the Springs. Around 160 people work for Harris at Schriever Air Force Base.
The company’s diversification is one reason it’s navigating the uncertain waters of federal budgets so well, said Mark Luttrell, head of mission information systems for Harris, which is based in Melbourne, Fla, but has offices in 125 countries.
“We work with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and provide communications, we have a contract with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) that looks pretty steady,” he said. “And the work Chris is doing here is very solid. We’re pleased with the growth.”