Norris has some long-time employees in the fold. These are folks that started at Norris and quickly became part of the family. Hard-working people dedicated to doing a good job and making sure that our customers are getting the best in life-safety and security. 

Some people do a little extra, too. Take, for example, Norris Material Handling Manager, Bob Swartz. He runs the warehouse, processing project materials and handling returns. He also runs our summer BBQs for techs and employees and is as comfortable behind the grill as running our inventory. 

Today’s Employee Profile is with Bob Swartz.

What’s your title and included duties at Norris?

Material Handling Manager – Purchasing, shipping and receiving.

How long have you been at Norris?

A total of 12 years when I first started at the old building on Mussy Road before I went on my own to open a Bakery/Deli in my home town of Waterboro.

What did you do for a living before coming to Norris?

Had my own Business as a Baker/Chef in Waterboro/Alfred Maine – 13 Years Total.

What different positions have you held at Norris?

Same but loved Helping others.

How has your tenure at Norris prepared you to be successful in life?

Motivation and a Positive attitude in your surroundings.

What do you love most about your job?

The People I work with, Vendors, Customers I talk with, and the Delivery guys.

What frustrates you about your job?

Not being able to get Product needed from some of our Vendors not communicating.

Were you/are you a first responder or military?


Do you have a family?


How about Children?

2 and 4 beautiful Grandchildren!

What lessons have you learned through your duties at Norris that you’d like to pass on to others/your children?

Hard Work will pay off in the long run! Might take a bit but keep on pushing to achieve your goal!

Can you talk about one personal goal you have for 2019?

Keep up what I am doing and push hard to keep Norris at the top of their Game!

Can you talk about one professional goal you have for 2019?

There are too many to talk about! Mostly everything I do each day in my Life is a Goal! Keeping things going on a smooth and positive pace. 

What do you enjoy doing in your spare/free time?

Spending a lot of time with the grandkids/family and a lot of outdoor work! Love gardening & yard work. Camping with the family is my complete relaxation time!

Anything else I haven’t asked about that people should know?

No. All good! 

What is Norris all about?

Norris, Inc.—a South Portland, Maine-based life-safety and security systems integrator with satellite offices in Bangor, Maine; Lee, New Hampshire; and Burlington, Vermont—was founded nearly 40 years ago by two brothers, Brad and Harty Norris. The brothers remain on the board of directors today and continue to help steer the enterprise toward its goal of advancing life-safety, security, and communications while striving to grow in its status as Northern New England’s leading systems integrator. Norris provides fully integrated life-safety and security solutions, comprising disparate systems including fire alarm, intrusion detection, access control, video surveillance, communications, and emergency notification and total systems integration via the Vigilance Systems Integration Engine and ENS. Want to become part of the Norris family? We’re hiring!