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Have a safe and happy Fourth of July

Kseverson Posted by Keith Severson on Fri, July 3rd, 2015, 9:49 am

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Paving Highway 152: New leadership on the night crew

Shannajo Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Thu, July 2nd, 2015, 2:07 pm

On the outskirts of Gilroy, Graniterock’s Construction team is grinding and paving a 12-mile stretch of Highway 152.The work takes place after the sun sets, with the crew calling it a day only when the sun is about to rise again.The $5 million Caltrans project, won by Estimator Vicki Narciso, is more than just another paving job for Graniterock.At the heart of this night job is the opportunity to develop a new paving leader for the ... Read More

South San Francisco team shows listening is critical to long-term success

Shannajo Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Wed, June 17th, 2015, 12:30 pm

Longtime South San Francisco asphalt plant manager Frank Garcia is always listening.He listens to ideas and suggestions for improvements from his team – Wayne D’Antonio, Jimmy Vehawn, Roger Langley and Richard Costillo – and he listens closely to the plant.Any slight change in sound coming from the plant’s chutes, dryers and drums could mean trouble, as in a breakdown that delays customers receiving materials and not getting projects done on time.With a steady stream of customer ... Read More

Capitol Expressway interchange wins project of the year from APWA

Shannajo Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Thu, June 4th, 2015, 4:22 pm

Graniterock’s Capitol Expressway to Yerba Buena Interchange job won 2015 Project of the Year from the APWA Silicon Valley Chapter in the Transportation $5-$25 million category.The project was designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety along the U.S.101 corridor in east San Jose by eliminating mainline traffic bottlenecks and removing merging and weaving conflicts.The $19.5 million jobinvolved earthwork, paving, drainage, retaining walls, overcrossing structure modifications, signals, ramp meters and electrical work to convert the Capitol ... Read More

Graniterock People have a ball riding Engine No. 10

Shannajo Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Wed, April 29th, 2015, 3:22 pm

At least 100 Graniterock People made the trip to Sacramento April 25 to hop aboard the company's historic steam engine.The day included a visit to the California State Railroad Museum and lunch on the Delta King. Read More

Working Together: Small team keeps sand plants running smoothly

Shannajo Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Fri, April 17th, 2015, 11:03 am

Marvin Brandt didn’t know a single thing about sand before taking over the Santa Cruz and Quail Hollow sand plants seven years ago.But what he knew, and knew well, was how to manufacture materials and lead people from nearly 30 years as production manager at Cemex, just a few miles up Highway 1 from the Santa Cruz Sand Plant.“The principles of manufacturing are the same whether it’s sand or cement,” said Marvin, who splits his time ... Read More

Meet Graniterock's Board of Directors: John Orcutt

Shannajo Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Mon, April 13th, 2015, 3:38 pm

John Orcutt likes to fix and build companies.As a consummate businessman he can help companies gain market share, improve customer relations, grow revenue, improve teams and position products for stronger sales.The funny thing is, as a 25-year member of the Company’s Board of Directors, John says his “fixing” experience is not something Graniterock has ever needed.“Graniterock is very well positioned to grow faster than the market,” said John, who created management consulting firm Blue Dots Partners ... Read More

Graniterock's historic steam engine gets back on track

Shannajo Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Wed, April 8th, 2015, 12:30 pm

View story from Sacramento Business Journal:Back on trackThe iconic puffing sound of a steam locomotive will return to Old Sacramento this season when the repaired Granite Rock No. 10 steam locomotive goes back into service.The Sacramento Southern Railroad, the tourism railroad that operates excursion service out of Old Sacramento, launches its first rides Easter weekend. The Granite Rock No. 10 steam locomotive will return to service the following weekend.This is the 32nd year for excursion trains ... Read More

Friends of the Family: Half Moon Bay Grading and Paving

Shannajo Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Tue, March 31st, 2015, 3:23 pm

February and March are supposed to be the slow season, a time with fewer projects that often gives the construction industry a chance to plan ahead, upgrade equipment and maybe allow for vacation.But Gary Giovannoni and his wife Cindy, owners of Half Moon Bay Grading and Paving, haven’t seen a pause in projects coming their way.With the dry weather and major infrastructure investments being made around the San Francisco Bay Area, they’re inundated with bids and ... Read More

Helping customers go green with Graniterock’s new concrete EPDs

Jerskine Posted by Jon Erskine on Tue, March 31st, 2015, 3:23 pm

As green building becomes increasingly popular, Graniterock is at the forefront by offering green products through its Granitegreen concrete initiative.From the new Levi’s Stadium to Googleplex, developers, owners, architects and engineers are looking for best in class green products to meet the requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. Projects are certified from basic to platinum based on the number of points they receive from following green ... Read More

About Graniterock

Graniterock’s Corporate Objectives and Values made us one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America.” We work hard to build long-term valuable business partnerships with our customers. That’s why we live by our “Yes, we will” standard of responding positively and creatively to every request for special products and services. Graniterock also calls on the company and our people to demonstrate respect and caring for all members of the Graniterock Team, their families, our neighbors, customers, and suppliers.