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Harry Scherzer
Electric Sweeper Service Company/ESSCO
1922-

Harry Scherzer was a pioneer and a leader in the floor care industry. It was after his service in World War II when he began his 46-year career with Electric Sweeper Service Company in Cleveland, OH. Harry began his career at ESSCO by working in the shipping department. He worked in all facets of the business until he became a vice president and part owner of ESSCO in the 1960s.

In addition to the leadership and services he provided for ESSCO, Harry also made several major contributions to the industry. He developed a complete line of replacement belts for the industry and was the individual who developed the still popular yellow stripe Kirby belt.

During Harry’s career, he was well-known as one of the most honest and reputable men in floor care. He maintained his integrity to suppliers, competitors and dealers at all times. Dealers marveled at Harry’s product knowledge and his ability to anticipate their needs. Harry was a quiet leader of the fledgling group of wholesalers, maintaining this leadership until he retired in 1991.

1998 Vacuum & Sewing Hall of Fame Inductee