Harbor Foods tech leader dies

LACEY, Wash. — Scott Erickson, chief technology officer at Harbor Foods and fourth-generation owner, died suddenly of natural causes on May 24. He was 52 years old.

Erickson began working in the family’s distribution business while still in high school, later working in numerous capacities alongside Justin Erickson, his cousin and current CEO of Harbor Foods.

He was instrumental in transforming Harbor from a small local business in Aberdeen, Wash., to a thriving business across the entire West Coast, the company shared in recollection.

“Scott will be remembered for many things, but using his own words we can understand him better,” the company said in a released statement. “He described being friendly, one of Harbor Foods’ core values, saying, ‘FRIENDLY means being humble, warm and approachable in dedication to the well-being of others. “That was who Scott was, and he will be remembered for living his life that way.”

Erickson is survived by his wife, Holly, and two sons, Soren and Reece.

Based in Lacey, Harbor Foods is the West Coast’s largest fourth-generation independent family-owned retailer with over 1,200 team members. Harbor Foods and its subsidiaries Harbor Wholesale and Harbor Foodservice serve more than 8,000 independent restaurants, hospitality venues, convenience stores and grocers with a wide selection of local and national produce, business solutions and Harbor-owned Real Fresh brands. Harbor Foods is also home to Northlink Logistics, an end-to-end third-party logistics company.

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