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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Harrisons
Harrison Receives Ventura Chamber's Large Business Award
Harrison Honored as Carpinteria's Community Business Partner of 2015
George Harrison Participates in Poinsettia Fundraising Drive
40 Years Have Flown by for Supervisor Mario Ramirez
Thousand Oaks' Economy is in Good State, Outgoing Mayor Says
County's Economy Gets Mixed Reviews from Forecaster
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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Harrisons
(L to R) Ralph, Myron and Jim Harrison.
The Harrison Family wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. There is no time more fitting to thank our customers and the communities we serve, and we are committed to maintaining the highest level of service to you in 2016 - our 84th year in business!

What began as a two-person operation in 1932 - founded by our father E.J. and mother Myra - has grown into one of the largest family-owned trash businesses in the United States, and for that we are very proud and grateful. Our goal is "Zero Waste," and we are confident that working together we will reach it.

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.

Again, we wish you and yours the very best this Holiday Season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Ralph, Jim and Myron Harrison
Harrison Receives Ventura Chamber's Large Business Award
The Harrisons accepting the Poinsettia Award.
It was quite an honor for Harrison Industries to be recognized as the Ventura Chamber of Commerce's 2015 Large Business of the Year at the 19th annual Poinsettia Awards on Dec. 10.

It also was a thrill for me to give the acceptance speech and be joined on stage for the award by Harrison Industries General Manager Lynn Harrison and George Harrison, General Manager of Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station. I told the audience at the Ventura Beach Marriott that our company's success is directly linked to the strong teamwork we share with our client franchises and strategic partners Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station and Agromin, and to the dedicated efforts of our business and residential customers who do the right thing by recycling.

(Front) Mike and Lynn Harrison. (Back, L to R) George Harrison, Nan Drake, Donnie and Danny Harrison.
As a result, our client cities have among the highest waste diversion rates in the state, with Ventura's at 74 percent. The Ventura Chamber also recognized Harrison for its community involvement, whether it is providing free trash and recycling service at a number of community events in Ventura, or making cash donations to cultural and charitable organizations.

Also attending the ceremony for Harrison were Vice President Jim Harrison, Controller Mike Marostica, Engineering Manager Mike Harrison, Contracts Manager Daniel Harrison and Service Manager Donnie Harrison.

We sincerely thank the Ventura Chamber for this honor and also congratulate the other businesses recognized - Sespe Consulting (Mid-Size Business) and Axxess Ventura (Small Business) - as well as all the dedicated community members honored at this wonderful event.

Harrison Honored as Carpinteria's Community Business Partner of 2015
Harrison Industries General Manager Lynn Harrison and I had loads of fun accepting the City of Carpinteria's honor for Community Business Partner of the Year for 2015.

In the spirit of the holiday season, I wore a Santa's hat as I addressed members of the Carpinteria City Council at the Dec. 14 meeting. Lynn and I used the occasion to remind the councilmembers and the audience to recycle their Christmas trees and also that Harrison allows residents to put out twice the amount of trash at no extra charge during the two weeks after Dec. 25.

Afterward, we passed out candy canes to Mayor Gregg Carty; councilmembers Fred Shaw, Al Clark, Wade Namura and Bradley Stein; City Manager Dave Durflinger; and City Clerk Fidela Garcia.

I love the holiday season, and the Harrisons join me in thanking the City of Carpinteria for the business partner honor.
George Harrison Participates in Poinsettia Fundraising Drive
George Harrison, general manager of Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station, loaded up his SUV in early December with poinsettia plants to sell during a fundraising drive put on by the Camarillo Sunrise Rotary Club.

George, who is president of the Camarillo Sunrise Rotary, himself sold 150 poinsettias. In all, club members sold about 500 plants, with proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo.

George said the Camarillo Sunrise Rotary's goal for Christmas 2016 is to sell 1,000 poinsettias. Knowing George and how determined he is to serve Camarillo and its families, I'm confident he will achieve this ambitious goal!
40 Years Have Flown by for Supervisor Mario Ramirez
Mario looks back fondly at his 40 years with Harrison Industries and wonders where the time went.
When Mario Ramirez was hired at Harrison Industries in 1975, his first job was to help a veteran driver by the name of Ron Garcia collect trash along his assigned routes.

"He did one side of the street and I did the other," Mario explained.

Back then you hopped out, lifted the heavy garbage cans and heaved their contents into the back of the truck. Trucks didn't have automated side loaders in those days.

It was hard work, but Mario enjoyed it and quickly rose through the ranks at Harrison. Before long he had his own residential route, then became a commercial driver, then a trainer and then a foreman. In 1978 Mario was promoted to field supervisor, a position he holds to this day.

Mario looks back fondly at his 40 years with Harrison Industries and wonders where the time went. "It's gone by so quickly; it's hard to imagine."

And 40 years later, Mario still looks forward to coming to work each day. "I enjoy my job, I really do," he said. "I enjoy working for the family. Mr. and Mrs. Harrison were good to me and so have their sons. It's been great."

Mario lives in Ventura with his wife Griselda. They have two sons, Mario Daniel and Frankie, a daughter Esmerelda and three grandchildren. The couple enjoy spending leisure time with family, but when winter arrives it's time for them to hit the slopes for some downhill skiing.

Although he's retirement age, Mario refuses to even consider it. "I have no time to retire," he insists. "I'm having too much fun."

Mario, the entire Harrison family and I congratulate you on being the exemplary employee that you are. We look forward to having with us for another 40 years!
Thousand Oaks' Economy is in Good State, Outgoing Mayor Says
Outgoing Thousand Oaks Mayor Al Adam (center) is flanked by councilmembers, from left, Andrew Fox, Joel Price, Claudia Bill-de la Peña and Rob McCoy.
On his last day as mayor of Thousand Oaks, Al Adam gave the annual State of the City address on Dec. 1 at California Lutheran University. Adam told about 300 community members who attended the event that Thousand Oaks' economic outlook is bright, with many large businesses moving to town in 2016.

New businesses include Easton Sports athletic equipment company's move from Van Nuys and Penny Mac Loan Services' move from Moorpark. Also, Mercedes will open an AMG dealership in the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall.

Adam said that having the renovations along Thousand Oaks Boulevard get underway is another accomplishment of the Thousand Oaks City Council. Upgrades in the coming months will include new street furniture like benches at bus stops, light fixtures and street-side trees.

I attended the address and it's always exciting to hear such great economic news in Ventura County's cities. Also, good luck to Joel Price, who replaces Adam as mayor. Thousand Oaks continues to be in good hands!
County's Economy Gets Mixed Reviews from Forecaster
Harrison Industries was a sponsor of the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce's Economic Outlook Luncheon held Nov. 5 at Spanish Hills Country Club. Mark Schniepp, Ph.D., director of the California Economic Forecast, was the featured speaker.

Harrison Industries President Ralph Harrison, Vice President Myron Harrison, General Manager Lynn Harrison, and George Harrison, general manager of Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station, were among area community and business leaders who attended.

Schniepp's presentation was entitled, "Digging Deep: What's Really Happening in Ventura County." He said that although Ventura County has continued to experience economic growth since the recession, it lags behind other counties in Southern California. He said fewer jobs and high housing costs are leading reasons the local economy hasn't kept pace with the rest of the region.

Ventura County's agriculture industry remains strong and the drought is not negatively affecting local farmers because they are using water more efficiently, Schniepp said. He also reported that the county's unemployment rate has fallen to 5.3 percent but said economic growth is not keeping pace with growth in neighboring counties. Ventura County saw a 1.4 percent increase in jobs last year, whereas Los Angeles County saw a 2.1 percent increase and Santa Barbara County saw a 3.4 percent increase. A mixed bag of economic news, for sure.
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