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Harrison Featured in National Magazine, Waste Advantage

The Harrisons and I are thrilled that Harrison is featured as the "Spotlight" article in the July issue of Waste Advantage Magazine (, a national publication that reports on the latest news and trends in the waste and recycling industries. Please read the article here.

We greatly appreciate Waste Advantage Magazine and editor Angelina Ruiz for giving Harrison the opportunity to share our history, our programs, and all the innovations Harrison has pioneered over the decades that have helped us - and you - keep our communities clean while meeting or exceeding California's evolving waste and climate change laws. The Harrisons and I were so pleased to have this wonderful opportunity to share Harrison's many successes with a nationwide audience.
Armando Varela Retires After 47 Years with Harrison
Armando Varela was the center of attention at his retirement party. Celebrating with him are, from left, George Harrison, Ralph Harrison, Jim Harrison, Myron Harrison, Lynn Harrison and Darren Harrison.

Armando Varela with Harrison office staff members, from left, Araceli Revelez, Rita Rivera, Yolanda De La Cruz and Laura Ballesteros.
After Armando finished his first day of work as a swamper at Harrison Industries, he wasn't sure he'd make it back for a second day.

"I felt terrible," Armando remembered. "I was sore and I was the slowest guy out there, but I decided to try it again." The second day wasn't much easier, but by his third day, Armando said, "I can do this."

That was in October of 1969 - when Richard Nixon was President and the Miracle New York Mets shocked the Baltimore Orioles to win baseball's World Series. Gas was 35 cents a gallon.

Harrison President Ralph Harrison, left, enjoys lunch with Harrison employees during Armando Varela's retirement party.
From his humble - and painful - beginnings, Armando rose through the ranks to supervisor of the Harrison's Carpinteria, Ojai and Fillmore residential and commercial routes. On July 15, he retired after 47 years with the company.

Armando, 68, admits he won't miss getting up at 5:30 every morning for work each day, but said he enjoyed his time here. "The Harrisons are good people to work for and I liked helping my route drivers. They're good people and they try their best. I have no complaints."

Armando, the father of five grown children, is looking forward to retirement in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, where he plans to build a home near the ranch that has been in his family since he was a teenager. After nearly five decades driving a truck, Armando will spend his days relaxing and riding horses on the ranch.
"Mando has been here forever. He's like family," Harrison Vice President Myron Harrison said at a going-away party attended by about 75 Harrison employees. Myron also told Armando after presenting him with an engraved clock plaque, "If you need a job tomorrow, we'll hire you back."
Sergio Mendes a Highlight of Ventura Music Festival
Sergio Mendes is surrounding by Lynn Harrison, right, and his wife Patty, and Dale and Chris Velador.
The 22nd annual Ventura Music Festival has come and gone, but what memorable performances!

This year's musical lineup was quite exciting, and Harrison Industries was excited to sponsor the July 22 concert featuring legendary Brazilian composer and keyboardist Sergio Mendes, a three-time Grammy winner whose musical career has spanned over 50 years. Mendes delighted concert-goers with a blend of oldies from his iconic "Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66" album featuring his big hit "Mas Que Nanda" to his newer hits, including "Real in Rio" which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2012.

Harrison Industries General Manager Lynn Harrison and his wife Patty and guests Dale and Chris Velador got the chance to meet Mendes following the concert. Lynn reports it was a "fun, high-energy concert with lots of classic songs."

Congratulations to festival Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta, who put together another outstanding lineup of musical artists, including Vadym Kholodenko, winner of the gold medal at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and Ute Lemper, known for her interpretations of Berlin cabaret songs.

Looking ahead, save these dates for 2017's 23rd annual event: July 14-16 and July 21-23, and stay tuned for exciting pre-festival programs starting in the fall. To learn more, go to

Camarillo Chamber Recognizes Harrison Industries
The Camarillo Chamber of Commerce recently honored Harrison Industries with a certificate of recognition and glass trophy for being a member for over 50 years. Harrison Vice Presidents Jim and Myron Harrison and President Ralph Harrison thank the chamber for the honor and look forward to 50 more years with the business group.
Harrisons Showcase Classic Cars at Rods and Roses While Supporting Carpinteria
Having a good time at the Rods and Roses event are, left to right, Ed Harrison, George Harrison, Danielle Harrison, Lexi Harrison, Lynn Harrison, David Harrison and sons Orion and Cameron.

Lexi Harrison and her father Ed Harrison, with Lexi's winning entry, a 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback.
The Harrisons had a wonderful time attending this year's 19th Annual Rods and Roses Car Show in downtown Carpinteria and seeing all the amazing vehicles. The 19th annual event, held July 2, featured over 200 classic American-made vehicles, 30 years and older, and drew 12,000 people. Vehicles also were on display from the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles and the Armand Hammer collection. There was a Tesla on hand as well to showcase new vehicle technology.

Lexi Harrison, daughter of Ed Harrison, who manages our paint department was the big winner. She received a Merchant's Award for her 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback. The Harrisons also entered a 1969 Chevy Camaro SS 350, a 1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible, a 1933 Ford-3-window coupe and a 1964 Chevy Nova.

Harrison gives a Merchant's Award to Bob Peterson for his 1937 Ford 5-window coupe. Left to right, Jimi Hampton, Lynn Harrison, Bob Peterson, Ed Harrison and Lexi Harrison.
The Harrisons also sponsored a Merchant's Award that was won by Bob Peterson for his 1937 Ford 5-window coupe. And a Harrison employee had a lucky day. Jimi Hampton, our field supervisor for the Channel Islands Beach Communities and Naval Base Ventura County, won $330 from a 50/50 raffle.

Rods and Roses also included an Independence Day Parade and Sales Manager David Harrison accepted the honor of driving a fully automated Harrison residential recycling truck down the parade route. Joining David in the cab were his wife Sandy and sons, 10-year-old Orion and 6-year-old Cameron. They had a lot of fun waving at parade-goers!

The Harrisons enjoy sharing their vintage cars while at the same time supporting the car show sponsored by the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce. Since Rods and Roses began in 1997, it has raised funds to support local non-profit youth organizations such as Future Farmers of America, Carpinteria Cares for Youth, Hope Net, and the Carpinteria Education Foundation, among others. Rods and Roses also gives booth space at the show to create fundraising and awareness opportunities for many community groups.

"We are absolutely blessed with the partnership with Harrison. The Harrisons help us with all of our local events. They are definitely a community friend and partner," said Rods and Roses organizer and founder Mike Lazaro.

It's important to the Harrisons to support organizations and programs that benefit local youths. Rods and Roses is a great way for the Harrisons to share their own classic cars while supporting Carpinteria's youth organizations.
Ojai's State of City and Education Addresses Are Well Received
Harrison Industries was a co-sponsor of Ojai's State of the City and Education addresses on July 27 in the Soule Park Golf Course banquet room. The annual event was put on by the Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Ojai Mayor Paul Blatz and Dr. Hank Bangser, superintendent of the Ojai Unified School District, talked about the successes achieved in the past year and the challenges facing the city and school district in the future. Harrison Vice President Jim Harrison and I were among those attending, and we left confident that both Ojai and the OUSD are in capable hands.

Speaking of capable hands, the Harrisons join me in congratulating organizers of the Ojai Music Festival, the Ojai Wine Festival and the Ojai Tennis Tournament for putting on such wonderful events that are enjoyed by thousands each year.

There are also concerts and plays performed year-round at the picturesque Libbey Bowl.

To so many the Ojai Valley is Shangri-La, and there are many reasons why!
Economic Outlook Breakfast Provides a Snapshot of Industries Important to Ventura
The Ventura Chamber of Commerce's Economic Outlook Breakfast provided guests with an interesting look at two of the city's most important, longtime industries: oil and agriculture. I enjoyed attending this breakfast to learn more about these two prominent industries in our community.

Also attending with me was Engineering Manager Mike Harrison, who was pleased to have the opportunity to share news with attendees about our new compressed natural gas (CNG) station that will help reduce emissions and keep our air cleaner.

Ventura City Manager Mark Watkins
About 170 people attended the annual breakfast, which is one of the Ventura Chamber's biggest events. The breakfast was held June 23 at the Ventura Beach Marriott and co-presented with the city of Ventura and Brooks Institute.

After opening remarks from Brooks Institute Provost Toni Johnson and Ventura City Manager Mark Watkins, speakers representing oil and agriculture spoke about their industries' current state of affairs, their impact on Ventura, and future challenges these industries face. Bob Poole, vice president of the Western States Petroleum Association, told the crowd that Ventura has been producing oil for over a century and that the oil industry in Ventura County generates 12,469 jobs. Edgar Terry of Terry Farms, Inc. reported that Ventura County ranks in the top 15 highest producing agricultural counties in the country. Terry said there's a great need for more people to seek a career in agriculture.
Harrison Helps Clean Up Trash From July 4 Ventura Street Fair

Thousands of people flock each year to Ventura's annual July 4 Street Fair - a fabulous mega-event with live music, food, a Pushem Pullem parade for kids and great vendors - and this year was no different. The theme of the 41st annual fair held in Downtown Ventura this year was, "Celebrating Ventura's 150 Years." Harrison Industries was pleased to sponsor the July 4 fireworks and contribute to the community fun.
Fireworks & Car Show Does the 'The Last Best Small Town' Proud
Photos courtesy of Bob Crum and the Fillmore Gazette.
The City of Fillmore celebrated our country's 240th birthday with an impressive fireworks show at Fillmore Middle School. Before it was the 30th annual Sespe Creek Car and Cycle Show, featuring scores of classic cars in 21 classes, ranging from 1900-1954 Street Rods to 1962-1974 Chevy Novas and just about any model in between.

The Fillmore & Western Railway Company made Independence Day even more special by having train rides throughout the day, capped by its Firecracker Train ride that boarded at 6 p.m. and returned after the fireworks show at 9:45 p.m.

Patrons also were served a tri-tip and chicken barbecue with all the fixings.

Harrison Industries is a longtime sponsor of the car and fireworks show, put on by the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce, and I'll say it again: Fillmore, as its city motto declares, is "The Last Best Small Town" in America!
Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival Supports Casa Pacifica
Jim Harrison and Nan Drake
The Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival is not only the premiere wine and food event in Ventura County but a wonderful way to raise much-needed funds for the Camarillo-based non-profit that provides services for almost 4,500 of the region's neediest kids. Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families helps neglected and abused children and kids with emotional or behavior troubles in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Harrison Industries was happy to be among the sponsors for the 23rd annual festival held on the afternoon of June 5 this year.

Ralph, Jenny and Jim Harrison and I attended, and we had a great time. All 4,800 tickets were sold out! Scores of volunteers worked with restaurants, bakeries, caterers, specialty food shops, wineries and breweries to make this event held at California State University Channel Islands a major success. The event raised $450,000 for Casa Pacifica.

Guests enjoyed tasting gourmet foods and special beverages. The chef in charge was Jason Collis of Plated Events and his staff and associates outdid themselves in the major tent. The food was fabulous! Winemakers across California presented their award-winning wines, and many folks also enjoyed craft beers from local breweries. A big part of this event is the Yummie Top Chef Dinner, which was held the previous Friday night, June 3, where local chefs vie for top food honors to kick off the festival.
Save the Date - Sept. 22, 2016 - for VCEDA's 46th Annual Business Outlook Conference
I sit on the executive board of VCEDA and would like to urge everyone to attend to support business retention and the welcoming of new businesses to Ventura County while always being aware of that exquisite balance between quality of life and a paycheck.

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