As one of many branches of the Horner Group, our history has made us who we are today!

Horner Industrial History

Horner Electric was founded in 1949 by George and Mary Horner and has grown into Horner Industrial Group through hard work and the acquisitions of some of the area’s finest companies in their respective fields. These include Horner Fan and Fabrication, founded in 1895 and purchased by Horner Industrial in 1997; Scherer Industrial Group, founded in 1927 and purchased in 2003; Egenolf Machine founded in 1927 and purchased in 2006; Herman & Company, founded in 1980 and purchased in 2006, the founding of Electro-Mechanical Diagnostic Services in 1989, and the purchase in 2011 of R.L. Nevitt & Associates, founded in 2002.

Meet George

On February 5, 1919 in Fort Ritner, Indiana, there was a little boy born that would have a great impact on many lives in the years to come. He was one of seven children with five brothers and 1 sister. They were modest people with nothing but the bare necessities. In October of 1941 George joined the military and served almost 4 years in the South Pacific. His years of fighting in combat were horrific at best. To all the men and women who have served, we all should open our arms and our hearts and show them our sincere appreciation for their sacrifices and the pain and suffering they endure for our freedom.

I am one of the lucky ones that had a father who came home to bring me into this world. George had love and compassion in his heart even for those he barely knew. One example of this was when he was given his orders to return home, he offered his return to any solider who was married or had children at home and he waited for another time to come home. In 1949 George, alongside with Mary, created a future for themselves and also opportunities for hundreds of other people and their families.

Meet Mary

Mary grew up on a farm, where she was the oldest of 4 kids. Mary went to a small rural high school with 50 other students, one being her high school sweetheart, George. She would later go on to marry George in Aug. of 1945. Her and George had no automobile and would use the bus when available. They could not afford to go out and do things so they poured their time into their work. I asked Mary, before she passed, how they came to own their own business, and she stated, “We had to be crazy to even think about it, we didn’t know enough not to go into business. It was determination and that we both loved people.” When George started Horner he would have to go sell, which means Mary took on many hats and has done most of the jobs you see at Horner today!

Mary was a very thankful and humble woman, upon interviewing her, she was hesitant at first not wanting to talk about herself but wanted to thank the employees for their work and time at Horner. Mary contributed Horner’s success to the employees, God, Phil and Alan. She stated before she passed, “Good and dedicated employees got us where we are, and we will be forever grateful for the many we have had over the years.”

More of Our History

Horner Electric was founded in 1949 by George and Mary Horner and has grown into Horner Industrial Group through hard work and the acquisitions of some of the area’s finest companies in their respective fields. These include Horner Fan and Fabrication, founded in 1895 and purchased by Horner Industrial in 1997; Scherer Industrial Group, founded in 1927 and purchased in 2003; Egenolf Machine founded in 1927 and purchased in 2006; Herman & Company, founded in 1980 and purchased in 2006, the founding of Electro-Mechanical Diagnostic Services in 1989, and the purchase in 2011 of R.L. Nevitt & Associates, founded in 2002.

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