E.L. Harvey Celebrates 100th Anniversary

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E.L. Harvey & Sons, the full service waste hauling, transfer, and scrap recycling operation, based in Westborough Massachusetts, kicked off the celebration of its 100th year in business on Wednesday, September 21st by holding a special event for its commercial customers.

The day was all about customer loyalty and appreciation and giving back to those who have helped the Harveys become leaders in innovative waste management services.

“It’s humbling,it really is," said Executive Vice President Doug Harvey. "And I'm excited to have these peope here, but to know that they've entrusted our company in taking care of their waste and recycling needs and keeping them environmentally sound. It's a great honor."

Speaking at the event and representing Senator Scott Brown’s office, was former Westboro selectman Denzil Drewry.

“This is the American story. A hundred years ago the farm starts, then a few years later they make a contract with the town and it I just think it's wonderful to be here to celebrate 100 years."

The day was also a celebration of the survival of an independent, family owned and operated business;something that according to CEO Jim Harvey is not as common as it used to be.

“It’s great to have a family business last this long," said Harvey. "It's quite an achievement; so many of them, second generation, they sell out or they close the business. We've been very fortunate, we have great people, great family and we're going to be moving into Hopkinton soon big time. We like to do what we're doing and we're going to make a bigger success out of it."

And the customers agreed.

"Their embedded into our operations at EMC," said Youl Bellil, EMC's Regional Facilities Manager. "They're an integral part of what we do every day. EMC has a number of facilities and they support them all. And it's that family feel to their business, but they are very professional at the same time."

"There are not that many companies that have any longevity anymore," said Jack Malone of Northeastern University. "We've been a customer of theirs and they've been a partner of ours for quite a few years. We have an outstanding recycling program and it's really through what we've learned through the E.L. Harvey company.

In addition to congratulations, the day included lunch and a tour of the recycling facility.

State Representative Matt Beaton was also on hand to congratulate the Harveys.

"100 years, there's not a lot of stories out there like this,family owned and operated" said Beaton. "I think it just goes to the great family and the great operation that is run here. It's a fantastic family that has done so much for the community and so much for others that reach out so far beyond the facilities here."

To see photos from the event, CLICK HERE.