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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Harrisons
Recycle Your Christmas Tree for the Earth's Sake
George Harrison Participates in Poinsettia Fundraising Drive
Harrison Presents Poinsettia's Large Business of Year Award to Patagonia
Thousand Oaks Mayor Says Rams are a Boon to City
VCEDA Christmas Party is a Very Merry Affair
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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Harrisons
(L to R) Myron, Jim and Ralph Harrison

The Harrison Family wishes you the warmest Christmas greetings and Happy Holidays. One of the real joys of the holiday season is the opportunity to say "Thank you" to our customers and the communities we serve.

Providing our customers with excellent service is something we strive to do all year round, and we remain committed to continue to provide it in 2017 - the 85th anniversary of our business - and in years to come.

Harrison Industries began as a two-person operation in 1932 - founded by our father E.J. and mother Myra. They instilled in us the importance of family, hard work and dedication to the community. Our motto is "Moving toward Zero Waste," and we're working hard to achieve this goal.

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

Ralph, Jim & Myron Harrison
Recycle Your Christmas Tree for the Earth's Sake
Give the Earth a gift by recycling your Christmas tree. Harrison Industries and our franchise clients make it easy for you, so do the right thing.

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 in your tan yard waste barrel on your scheduled pickup day. Also, Harrison Industries now accepts flocked Christmas trees for recycling.

Trees we collect will be 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.

George Harrison Participates in Poinsettia Fundraising Drive
George Harrison, general manager of Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station, and his fellow Camarillo Sunrise Rotarians held their annual Poinsettia Plant Sale this holiday season, with proceeds going to the Ventura County Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America and the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo.

George, who is past president of the Camarillo Sunrise Rotary, is selling 150 poinsettias himself at $9 each to local individuals and businesses. In all, club members hope to sell 1,000 poinsettias.

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Harrison Presents Poinsettia's Large Business of Year Award to Patagonia
Following the presentation, I'm pictured with, from left, James Perero, Ventura Chamber Board President; Patagonia's Dean Carter and Carley Kenna; and Stephanie Caldwell, the Chamber's President and CEO. (Photo by Sharon Uhling)
Nearly 300 people turned out to celebrate the 20th annual Poinsettia Awards luncheon hosted by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 8 at the Ventura Beach Marriott. The fantastic event recognizes individuals and organizations that have truly stood out in our community as exemplary in the fields of business, education and public service.

It was an honor for me to present the 2016 Large Business Award to Patagonia's Dean Carter, vice president of Human Resources for the progressive outdoor gear company and to Carley Kenna, Patagonia's director of Public Relations and Communications. I had the privilege as a representative of Harrison Industries, which was named the Poinsettia Large Business of the Year Award winner last year.

It was great attending this year's event and Harrison Industries also wants to congratulate this year's Mid-Sized Business of the Year, Gold Coast Acura, the Small Business of the Year, MortgageCouch and all others honored this year for their contributions to Ventura - the Poinsettia City!
Thousand Oaks Mayor Says Rams are a Boon to City
Outgoing Thousand Oaks Mayor Joel Price is applauded by Matt Midura, executive committee chairman of the Chamber's board, for donning a Los Angeles Rams helmet.
Outgoing mayor Joel Price was the keynote speaker at the Thousand Oaks State of the City address on Dec. 13. Harrison Industries was a sponsor and the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted the address held at California Lutheran University's Gilbert Arena.

Price talked about the year in review, mostly about the Los Angeles Rams establishing their training camp on the CLU campus and what it means to the city. What it means, Price said, is that scores of players, coaches and Rams staff members now call Thousand Oaks home - and for many, all year-round. They contribute to the economic vitality of the city by buying goods from local merchants and requiring work from service providers like plumbers, electricians and construction companies.

Overall, Price said, "In addition to being a safe community with an abundance of cultural activities, sports and entertainment ... the city is fortunate to have a robust local economy."

At one point during his address, Price playfully donned a Rams helmet to the delight of the crowd.

Price will remain on the city council, while Claudia Bill-de la Peña takes over as mayor and Andy Fox replaces Bill-de la Peña as mayor pro tem. Harrison Industries wishes them all the best of luck in 2017 and looks forward to serving Thousand Oaks residents for years to come.
VCEDA Christmas Party is a Very Merry Affair
Harrison Industries Vice President Jim Harrison and I were happy to recently host a Chili Cook-Off/Christmas party for members of the Ventura County Economic Development Association - VCEDA.

We had a great turnout, and it was a lot of fun visiting with friends and colleagues in a non-business setting. Everyone was in the Christmas spirit! Just as great was the chili made by VCEDA Chairman of the Board chef Sandy Smith, head chef, Ellen Brown, Darlene Camarillo and me. We also had fun rattling those pots and pans!

It was a great end of the year for a successful 2016 for VCEDA. Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy and County CEO Mike Powers also joined in on the fun.

VCEDA serves as the regional voice of businesses on issues affecting the economy in Ventura County and California. It's been an honor to serve on its executive board for the past several years.
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