Like his contemporary Otto Greco, whose birthday we celebrated yesterday, Ed Hardies was an Amsterdam native who had a trade that he could have practiced and done just fine with in his life. But like Otto, he was willing to take that extra step and make the extra effort necessary to go into business for himself.
He was born in Amsterdam, NY on October 8, 1926. He graduated from Amsterdam High School in 1944 and then joined the US Navy. It was in the Navy that he took classes in electronics, did really well in them and realized he could make a career out of it.
He married an Amsterdam girl, Nora Mae Koch in 1947, they had their first two children and then Ed got called back into the Navy during the Korean conflict. He then went to work locally as an electrician. By 1959, his family had grown with the addition of four more children and he decided it was time to go out on his own. He began Hardies Electric that year and with a family of eight to support, worked his rear end off making sure it succeeded. And it did.
Hardies focused on electrical contracting work more than residential and that’s really how he grew his business. He also took an active role in his community…