In recognition of a career marked by both business innovation and service to the community, Coast Packing Company President and Chairman Ron Gustafson has received the first-ever Citizen of the Year Award from the Vernon Chamber of Commerce, the company announced.
Gustafson will be honored in March for his distinguished career as an innovator and leader in the meat processing industry, most notably for technological advances at the Coast Packing plant that triggered substantial business growth. Coast is the No. 1 supplier of animal fat shortenings in the Western United States. Gustafson is the third of four generations of leadership at Coast.
The inaugural Vernon Citizen of the Year Awards is a corporate philanthropic event to highlight Vernon companies and special individuals for their industry leadership and long-standing commitment to local communities. The Vernon Chamber has also named, as Vernon Corporate Citizen of the Year, Sweetener Products Co.