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EJ Harrison

Working Together for a Better Environment
Happy Holidays to All!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

At this special time of the year, we'd like to take moment to express our heartfelt thanks to our customers and the communities we serve. Our new motto is "Moving toward Zero Waste," and we're working hard – with your help – to achieve this goal.

We look forward to 2012 as we celebrate our 80th year in business, and we remain committed to providing you with the highest level of service.

We hope you can all find time to celebrate and reflect on the message of peace and goodwill that is meaningful to you. We also hope that our military personnel overseas return home safely.

Our mother Myra, who shortly will turn 97 years young, joins us in wishing you the best this Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year!

Remember to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Harrison Industries and our franchise client cities make it easy for you to recycle your Christmas tree.

All you need to do is remove the ornaments, hooks, lights, tinsel, bows, nails and tree stand. Cut the tree into four- foot sections and place it in your yard waste barrel on your scheduled pickup day. Please remember, however, that flocked trees cannot be recycled.

Trees we collect will be will processed into various sizes of mulch. The material is used by our strategic partner Agromin to make several products that benefit our farmlands, orchards, nurseries and our own gardens.

As a special holiday feature, our customers may put out twice the amount of trash at no extra charge during the two weeks after December 25. Please make sure the trash is in bags alongside the trash barrel. We also collect extra recyclables, but please make sure to flatten all boxes and place alongside the recycling barrel as well.

Harrison Industries is Sponsor of Ventura County's Boy Scouts

Harrison Industries was a "Stars and Stripes" sponsor of the Ventura County Council, Boy Scouts of America's 35th Annual Dinner Gala & Auction that took place on November 4 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village.

About 165 people attended the event that raised over $74,000 for the local Boy Scouts. The Harrisons purchased two tables and donated an additional $5,000 as a "Standout for Scouts" benefactor.

"The Harrisons have always been good about supporting our events," said Joy Marin, the Boy Scouts' Executive Director and staff advisor for the auction.

The Harrison family has a soft spot for organizations that benefit children. Our co-founder E.J. Harrison was a Boy Scouts pack leader 70 years ago and his sons Ralph, Jim and Myron were all Boy Scouts. Last year Myron Harrison was recipient of the VCCBA's Citizen of the Year Award.

Harrison Honors 27 Employees on Special Anniversaries

Mike Hernandez was hired by Harrison Industries as a route driver in 1981 – Ronald Reagan's first year as president.

David Sanchez remembers the exact date of his first day on the job, also as a route driver – January 28, 1982.

We are proud to honor Hernandez and Sanchez for 30 years of loyalty and dedication by presenting them with a company ring.

"It's been a real experience," said Hernandez, now a mechanic and the father of five and grandfather of six who lives in Santa Paula with his wife Anita. "It's all gone by with a blink of the eye."

Sanchez, our Camarillo route supervisor, was surprised when told he was approaching 30 years at Harrison Industries.

"Between work and baseball, life is going by real quick," said Sanchez, who serves as Buena High School's freshman baseball coach. "I'm very happy here. I work with a lot of good guys and I consider everyone at Harrison as family." Sanchez and his wife Helen have two children and live in Ventura.

We also honor drivers Jose Martinez, Jose Patron and Javier Hernandez, along with parts manager Robert Hilsdorf, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary with Harrison Industries. They will receive a company watch. In addition, we thank 22 additional employees in honor of their 20-, 15-, 10- and 5-year anniversaries. They will receive a commemorative plaque.

We value the contributions of all our employees to the success of our company and thank them for a job well done.

The Number of ‘Safety' Jackets on the Rise in 2011

Driver and public safety is a high priority at Harrison Industries. That's why we award "Safety Award" jackets to our drivers who go through an entire year without having an accident on the road.

Approximately 50 drivers earned jackets in 2010. With less than a month to go in 2011, Dan Inloes, Safety Director and Assistant Human Resources Director for Harrison Industries, reports that as many as 70 drivers will earn jackets.

That's great news! Many of our drivers have a closet full of "Safety Award" jackets already and have to make room for one more very soon. We hope they have an extra hanger!

Harrison Industries General Manager Lynn Harrison holds a 2011 "Safety Award" jacket that will be awarded to drivers who were accident-free during the year.


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