The exact date Vincent Harris opened the doors of the Hastings Machinery Exchange is a secret that has been lost with him. Needless to say, when farm machinery suppliers Booth MacDonald went into receivership, he snapped up the opportunity to buy them out and carry on the business.
In the 1950s, Vin, as he was better known, added pumps to the range of machinery his business supplied. This was the seed that would see the Hastings Machinery Exchange grow into what is now a third generation business.
In 1972, Vin retired and handed over the running of the business to his sons, Cliff and Martin. By this time, the Hastings Machinery Exchange had abandoned general farm machinery to deal solely with water related products and services.
As the business grew, Cliff and Martin realised the premises would need to follow suit. They found a new site at 500 Omahu Road, and by early 1975 reopened the doors. The new site came with a new name - Harris Machinery. Cliff managed the servicing and installation of equipment, and Martin looked after the shop and administration.