Keith Harbison, 42, began his career in commercial and industrial real estate, after earning a B.S. degree in business administration from Texas Christian University.
He founded Harbison Corp. in St. Louis in June 1992, for the purpose of purchasing Blanke Plastic Co., a diversified blow molder in Hermann, Mo. That began a string of 10 acquisitions over the next seven years that has resulted in a grouping of assets under the Pretium Packaging LLC banner that include 11 blow molding plants and some 1,100 employees in the United States and Canada, with projected fiscal 1999 sales of more than $130 million.
Harbison Corp. today is a holding company that owns the majority stake in Pretium Packaging, which is eyeing further acquisitions to meet its goal of achieving $200 million in annual sales by the year 2000.