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Ventura Chamber to Host Business Expo on May 28
31st Annual Auction Benefits Boys & Girls in Carpinteria
Camarillo Chamber's Business Expo Set for Tuesday, June 2
Ojai Music Festival Coming June 10-14
Good Times Were Had At the Fillmore May Festival
Storm Doesn't Dampen Spirits of Earth Day Eco Fest Attendees
George Harrison to be Camarillo Rotary President
Harrison, Union Negotiate 4-Year Labor Agreement
Carpinteria State of Community: Economic Outlook is Bright
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Ventura Chamber to Host Business Expo on May 28

More than 65 exhibitor booths will highlight the Ventura Chamber of Commerce's Spring Business Expo on Thursday, May 28.

Harrison Industries will be one of the sponsors for "The Patriot in Us All" expo, which will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort, 1050 Schooner Drive. The expo will run from 4:30-7:30 p.m.


31st Annual Auction Benefits Boys & Girls in Carpinteria

David Harrison and his wife Sandy at the Carpinteria Kids Auction.

Harrison Industries was proud to be a sponsor of the 31st Annual Carpinteria Kids Auction, which raised funds for the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Carpinteria.

The auction was held Saturday, May 16, at the clubs' Carpinteria unit at 4859 Foothills Drive. The theme was, "Today's Kids, Tomorrow's Stars." More than $98,000 was raised at the event. Supporters still have the opportunity to donate through the Bids for Kids portion by visiting

Lynn Harrison and his sons sat at the Harrison sponsor table. It is our pleasure to attend many events like this each year to help organizations in the various cities we serve. This is in keeping with founder E.J. Harrison's commitment to give back to our client communities, and to support youth organizations which are building tomorrow's leaders.

Camarillo Chamber's Business Expo is Tuesday, June 2

Join us at the Camarillo Business Expo on Tuesday, June 2, where businesses will showcase their products and services.

Harrison Industries is once again a sponsor of this important event, which will be held at the Camarillo Library from 4-7 p.m.


Restaurants will be featured and will be sampling items from their menus.

The Expo, hosted by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Ojai Music Festival Coming June 10-14

We are proud to once again be a sponsor of the Ojai Music Festival, which will be held June 10-14. For almost 70 years the Ojai Music Festival has become the summer home for exceptional artists for four days each June.


There will be four days of engaging concerts, ranging from early morning sunrise performances on Ojai hilltops to the stillness of late night concerts in Libbey Bowl. Tickets for the various concerts can be obtained at


"There is a very special spirit of collaboration here," said Dawn Upshaw, the 2011 music director, "fostered in part by the gorgeous natural settings and also by the friendly engagement of everyone involved."

Good Times Were Had At the Fillmore May Festival

Several Harrison Industries folk joined the fun during the four-day Fillmore May Festival. Santa Clara Valley Disposal was one of the sponsors.

A carnival, rides, games, food, live entertainment on two different stages and arts and crafts made for good times in what the Fillmore Gazette calls, "Fillmore, the Last Best Small town in Southern California."

The festival, held May 14-17, was highlighted on Saturday with a parade and 10K run, which was sponsored by the Harrisons.

Storm Doesn't Dampen Spirits of Earth Day Eco Fest Attendees

Harrison Industries was proud to participate in Ventura's Earth Day Eco Fest in April as both a sponsor and with a booth. Despite a rain-stormy day, the event was a success! Rain began falling not long after the event started.


The Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education Earth Day Committee sent the following nice note:


"Thank you so much for participating in our Earth Day event. We appreciate that you weathered the storm with us and hung in there until the very end. We are grateful that you came prepared and hope that it was a valuable use of your time in promoting your organization. Even with the bad weather, we had a good turnout. The money raised at the event supports the arts and enrichment programs for Ventura Charter School students. We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you again next year!"


A special thanks goes out to David Harrison for holding down the fort and encouraging those who attended.

George Harrison to be Camarillo Rotary President

George Harrison, general manager of Gold Coast Recycling and Transfer Station, will assume presidency of the Camarillo Sunrise Rotary Club on July 1 for a one-year term.

Harrison, who will celebrate his 40th anniversary with Harrison Industries in November, has been general manager of Gold Coast Recycling for more than 10 years.

Harrison joined Ventura East Rotary in 1999 and later transferred to Camarillo Sunrise in 2003 because its 7 a.m. meeting time was more convenient for his work schedule.

"The longer I have been in Rotary, the more I get the importance of making friends and giving back to our community," Harrison said, reflecting on the traits instilled by his grandfather, E.J. Harrison, founder of the family-owned Harrison Industries.

"I really believe we are all supposed to do what we can in a caring and truthful way," Harrison said.

Harrison lives in Camarillo with his wife, Danielle. They have five children, three grandchildren and two dogs.

Harrison, Union Negotiate 4-Year Labor Agreement

(L to R) Eloy Barquin, Isaac Chavez, Robert Abeloe and Donald Harrison negotiate a positive contract.

We are proud to announce the ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement between Harrison Industries and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770. The new term of the agreement will be from March 30, 2015 to March 31, 2019.


The negotiation process had been ongoing from January 20, 2015 until Monday, April 20, 2015 when the last tentative agreements were finished. Representing the company, Donald Harrison and Robert Abeloe met at the table with Union Stewards Isaac Chavez and Eloy Barquin. This was a steady negotiation where, through open communication, both sides were able to join together to reach mutually beneficial positions.


This agreement is the product of months of bargaining under the supervision of a federal mediator with the result ending in a contract both parties can be positive of and move forward together to equally create a thriving future. The contract provides steady increases in health and welfare

benefits as well as increases in wages through its four-year term.


The agreement also assures our client cities many years of uninterrupted service.


In these difficult times with new competitors and minimal rate increases, the company has been able to continue to offer good jobs with good pay and benefits. The company has also negotiated new terms within their franchise agreements to continue to serve these communities. We are committed to continue our outstanding service and efficient standards to these communities to guarantee our continued success.

Carpinteria State of Community: Economic Outlook is Bright

Harrison Industries sponsored Carpinteria's State of the Community on April 28.

Attending the informative event, hosted by the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce, were Ralph, Jim, Myron, George, Lynn, and Dan Harrison. The event was held at the Rincon Beach Club.


Carpinteria Mayor Gregg Carty comments on the attributes he considers important to Carpinteria over its 50-year history and what needs to be protected at the State of the Community Breakfast on April 28.

Speakers included Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal and Carpinteria Mayor Gregg Carty, speaking on the state of the county and the city, respectively. Also speaking were Carpinteria City Manager Dave Durflinger and Mark Schniepp, director of the California Economic Forecast.


"We continue to do street maintenance work but we need to do a lot more," Mayor Carty said. "The truth is the needs are outpacing revenues."


The mayor noted that unemployment in Carpinteria is lower than in Santa Barbara County, the state and the nation, and that the real estate market in the city has rebounded.


Schniepp said the job market in the Carpinteria area is full and that the jobs being added are high-paying tech jobs. He forecasted continued economic growth for Carpinteria. "2015-2016 will see continued expansion," Schniepp said. "There is no recession in sight."

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