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Harris Corporation Wins 2009 Stevie Award for Best Overall Company of the Year


Company Selected Among Finalists with More Than 2,500 Employees

NEW YORK/MELBOURNE, Florida — Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, was honored with a Stevie® Award in the category Best Overall Company of the Year — More Than 2,500 Employees during the 2009 American Business Awards held June 23 in New York City.

The 7th annual Stevie Awards were presented in over 40 categories including Best Overall Company of the Year, Executive of the Year, and Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year. More than 2,600 entries from companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration. More than 200 executives across the country participated in the judging process to determine the finalists and Stevie Award winners.

Harris, a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $5 billion and 15,000 employees, was recognized for its success in business growth, innovative technology, and corporate responsibility. The company has established a strong track record of revenue and income growth, driven by market expansion, new product introductions, and success in international markets. Harris invested $980 million in engineering R&D in fiscal 2008, including government-funded investments. New products and systems resulting from the company’s R&D programs have improved communications and IT systems for U.S. and allied military forces, government agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Census Bureau, and broadcast and new media customers worldwide. Harris recently has expanded the application of its technologies to new markets such as healthcare IT and cyber security.

Harris is a trusted neighbor and plays an active and expanding role in helping to strengthen the quality of life in the countries and communities where it has operations. Its social responsibility programs are an integral part of its strategy for sustained growth, and are incorporated into its standards of business conduct and supported at the highest levels of management, backed by standards of accountability. During fiscal 2008, Harris and the Harris Foundation contributed more than $3.9 million to charitable and educational initiatives. The company’s employees worldwide volunteered over 65,000 hours to charitable organizations.

“This award reflects the accomplishments and dedication of our 15,000 employees, who serve our customers, shareholders and support our communities every day,” said Howard L. Lance, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harris. “Our values of innovation and technology, customer focus, and development of the individual have always worked hand-in-hand with our strategic goals for growth. We are very pleased to be selected for this award.”

The awards were presented during ceremonies at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The ceremonies were hosted by Cheryl Casone of Fox Business Network and broadcast nationwide on radio by the Business TalkRadio Network.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists and Stevie Award winners are available at A high resolution photo of the award is available by clicking the following link: Howard L. Lance - Stevie Award.

About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and 15,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at


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