June 7, 2017 marks 3 years since the passing of our founder, Harry Ellis Sr. He remained active in our day to day operations up until his passing and still resides with us in spirit. His warming smile, positive attitude and desire to teach his staff is something we have all embraced and continue on within our companies. He is survived by his loving wife Carol who is still an active owner within his company, as well as his son Harry Ellis Jr., daughter Michelle Williams, and 5 grandchildren. Both of his children and four of his grandchildren are actively participating in our company today to ensure that his legacy lives on for generations!
Starting off as a partner in a small distribution company based in Chicago, it didn’t take long for Harry to realize there was more potential in the world beyond distribution. He left his partnership and Chicago behind, traveling with his family by car to beautiful Southern California. Upon his arrival, he had a single distribution line to start his new company with. Coast Pneumatics Inc. quickly grew to a multiple line distributor but he knew something great still lied on the horizon. Coast Pneumatics began kitting and performing value add assembly work for major Medical Device manufacturers including Beckman Coulter, Alcon Labs, and Carefusion.
At that time his son Harry Ellis Jr and Scott McLain had begun putting together control systems within the Coast Pneumatics building when Harry Sr. knew the next step to take. He immediately assisted both Harry Jr and Scott in beginning the first sister company to Coast Pneumatics, South Coast Controls. South Coast quickly established itself as an elite control system engineering and fabrication firm, but something was still needed to take these companies to an even higher.
In Harry Sr’s vision it was to have a total solution house.
Two companies that work together to provide our customers with a one stop shop for their electrical and pneumatic needs. It took some time for this dream to become a reality, and now 3 years after his passing his dream is lived out daily. Our companies are growing at an impressive rate by embracing the dream of our pioneer!
In his memory, we are contributing donations to the Hospice of America Foundation. Our belief is that the members of hospice make up the very best of humanity, these amazing individuals supported our family during Harry Sr.’s passing and we couldn’t be more grateful for them! Help us, help Hospice continue their amazing work by Donating Today!