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|Happy Thanksgiving from the Harrison Family|
The Harrison Family and I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving! We
hope you are able to share this special holiday with your family and
Thanksgiving is more than just a large shared meal. It
is a time to stop and think about how fortunate we are to live and work
in a country that allows us so much freedom of choice.
Harrison Family feels blessed as they celebrate the company's 80th year
in business. Ralph, Jim and Myron Harrison also are very thankful they
still have their 98-year-old mother Myra, the company's co-founder, to
celebrate the holiday with them.
Again, Happy Thanksgiving and we hope you enjoy the rest of our wonderful Holiday Season.
Harrison and City of Carpinteria Reach 20-Year Agreement
| Harrison Industries will continue to serve residential, commercial and industrial customers in Carpinteria for up to the next 20 years.|
Carpinteria City Council unanimously approved the 10-year franchise
agreement - with two five-year extensions added - at its Oct. 22
meeting. Under the contract, effective on Jan. 1, 2013, Carpinteria
residents will continue to enjoy the lowest monthly trash, recycling and
yard waste hauling rates in the Santa Barbara area. Curbside pickup
will continue to be on Thursday.
Agreement features include a
free sharps container mail-back program; free Christmas tree pickup; two
free bulky item pickups per year; two household battery drop-off
locations; and an annual household goods collection day.
Harrison will sort all City-owned street trash containers and continue to be involved in community cleanup projects.
waste diversion rate currently stands at 71 percent, well above the
state-mandated 50 percent. Harrison's and the City's goal is to achieve
75 percent waste diversion by 2020.
"Negotiation is a win-win
situation only possible when both sides have a common goal and getting
the best price and the best service combined with high diversion numbers
was a target that we all wanted to hit," said Harrison Vice President
"We look forward to working with the businesses and residents of Carpinteria with exciting new improvements to existing programs, while planning for the future with exciting new recycling projects."
|Harrison Sponsoring Top Prize for CMH's 'Eco Art' Exhibit|
Harrison Industries is excited to be a sponsor of the $500 grand prize for Community Memorial Hospital's
second annual Open Competition Art Exhibit. This year's exhibit is
entitled "Recycle: Eco Art," and will run from Dec. 2 to Jan. 6.
Self-portrait by renowned recycled materials artist Tom Deininger, who will judge the CMH art exhibit.
What makes this exhibit so unique is that all art showcased in CMH's
lobby and first-floor walls will be crafted with 75 percent reused,
recycled or found materials. Sharon Taylor, executive director of the Buenaventura Art Association, explained that when the theme of the exhibit was determined, she immediately thought of Harrison Industries as a potential sponsor.
"It's a natural fit," Taylor said. "I've worked with a number of local nonprofits over the years, and I know that Harrison Industries has always been very supportive of community events like this."
is thrilled that this year's competition is being judged by Tom
Deininger of Rhode Island, who was named one of the top 10 artists in
the country working in recycled art by the online news service
Huffington Post. His artwork is in numerous public and private
collections throughout the world, and he won many awards in "recycled"
and "found object" competitions. See his work at www.tomdeiningerart.com.
A meet-the-artists reception and awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the CMH lobby. We'll be there and hope you will be too!
|Ventura Boys & Girls Club's Great Auction Has Parisian Flair |
Harrison (left) and Vice President Myron Harrison represented Harrison
Industries at the 45th annual Great Auction.
Paris - the "City of Lights" - was brought to life at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel on Nov. 3 when Harrison Industries presented the 45th annual Great Auction benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Ventura County.
Elton Gallegly (left) and his wife Janice, with Harrison Vice President
Myron Harrison, attended the B&GCV benefit.
year's theme was "Ce Soir du Paris," meaning "See you in Paris," and
about 250 party-goers accepted the invitation to this glamorous
The Great Auction featured a champagne
reception, live and silent auctions, gourmet dining, music and a drawing
for a diamond wedding set designed by Bob Lynn of Lynn's Jewelry
Studio. There were over 150 silent and live auction items up for
bids, including a Schipperke puppy - a small Belgian breed that
originated in the 16th century - and six tickets to a Lady Gaga concert.
Diane Koranda, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Ventura,
doesn't have a final tally yet, but last year's Great Auction raised
about $180,000. All proceeds go toward the operating costs of the club's
five sites in Ventura, Oak View and Saticoy that serve over 3,500 kids
and their families.
|'Taste of Ojai' is a Feast for Culinary Enthusiasts|
The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa provided a gorgeous setting for the 12th annual "Taste of Ojai" benefit on Oct. 27.
More than 500 people
attended the "Taste of Ojai" event that featured delicious appetizers,
entrees and desserts and beverages from a variety of celebrated
restaurants in the Ojai Valley, including the Ojai Valley Inn &
Spa's own Maravilla restaurant.
The Rotary Club of Ojai
puts on this wonderful event that supports more than 15 local non-profit
organizations serving Ojai Valley families, seniors, schools and youth,
including the "Fit Kids, Fit Ojai" program.
|'Haunting of the Harbor' Business Expo Was So Fun It Was Scary|
Harrison Industries was one of about 65 companies with booths at the Ventura Chamber's 2012 "Haunting of the Harbor" Business Expo held Oct. 25 at the Four Points Sheraton.
(right) enjoyed working the "Haunting of the Harbor" booth with Harrison
Field Representative Donald Sealund (left) and Recycling Coordinator
fun event also featured five food booths, raffles, auction items, a
blackout card drawing for $100 and other fun surprises! The big prize
was a big-screen TV. The best part of the semi-annual Ventura Chamber
Business Expos, however, is these events give a big lift to the
business community by providing local companies and organizations a
chance to share their products and services with area residents and one
I really enjoy visiting with old friends and fellow Chamber members as well as a large number of Harrison Industries customers who stop by our booth, which I might add, won honorable mention for our spooky décor.
Thanks to the Harrison employees who were involved in the effort!
|Harrison Approaches 'Zero Waste' at Avocado Festival|
| Harrison Industries' motto is "Moving toward Zero Waste," and at the 26th annual California Avocado Festival in Carpinteria on Oct. 5-7, we came as close as possible to reaching that goal.|
the second year in a row, we placed yellow-lid recycling barrels around
the festival grounds specifically for disposed food waste and paper
products. The materials were delivered to our strategic partner Agromin, which is undertaking a pilot food waste program.
barrels with the blue lids were for recyclables such as aluminum cans,
glass bottles and plastic materials along with non-food trash. These
materials were sorted at our other strategic partner, Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station.
all, 11 tons - 7.9 tons of recyclables and 3.1 tons of food waste and
paper products - were collected during the three-day festival. Virtually
none of it ended up in our landfills. That's absolutely incredible!
Even KEYT-TV called it the cleanest festival ever held.
Kudos to Harrison Industries
employees - especially driver Javier Arroyo and field representative
Donald Sealund - who spent all three days and many long hours at the
festival overseeing the waste collection efforts.
Last year, 98 percent of materials collected at the Avocado Festival
were recycled. Sealund said the diversion rate this year was even
higher since more festival vendors used biodegradable utensils and cups.
"Everybody did their part," he said.
Several other Harrison employees also were involved in the Avocado Festival recycling effort. Operations Manager Lynn Harrison said it was a total team effort.
Thanks also go to the 80,000-plus festival-goers who did their part by placing materials in the correct barrels. Good job!