Rock Blog

Friends of the Family: Half Moon Bay Grading and Paving

Shannajo Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Fri, 27 Mar 2015, 10:26 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 ... Read More

Helping customers go green with Graniterock’s new concrete EPDs

Jerskine Posted by Jon Erskine on Fri, 27 Mar 2015, 10:18 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 ... Read More

Graniterock celebrates 115 years of great products and projects

Rwoolpert Posted by Rose Ann Woolpert on Thu, 26 Mar 2015, 5:03 pm

Exactly 100 years ago, San Francisco buzzed with excitement over the Panama Pacific International Exposition. Millions of people attended this year-long World’s Fair to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal and signal to the world San Francisco had recovered from the Great Quake of 1906.The year was 1915, and Graniterock was there.A.R. Wilson founded Granite Rock Company on Feb. 14, 1900, and quickly grew a little granite quarry outside Watsonville into a mining and construction ... Read More

New San Mateo County jail begins with GraniteGreen

Shannajo Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Thu, 26 Mar 2015, 4:59 pm

Inmates will probably never know this, but the new 260,000-square-foot jail going up in San Mateo County has a foundation of environmentally-friendly Graniterock concrete.On top of that, the floors of the eight-story detention center will be built with the Company's same green concrete.Graniterock's concrete team poured nearly 10,000 yards of low-carbon concrete at the Maple Street correctional facility, which has been under construction since July 2013 with general contractors Sundt-Layton, a joint ventureGraniterock worked with subcontractor ... Read More

Up Close: Kristen Grossen

Jwest Posted by Jim West on Thu, 26 Mar 2015, 4:57 pm

Not only can Kristen Grossen run a backhoe and operate a skip loader like a pro, she’s a whiz on the softball field.Kristen, one of Graniterock’s few female construction operators, started her softball career at age 9 in the Bobby Sox Minor League. She played throughout high school and at Hartnell Community College, and continues today in the Salinas Softball League.She has worked for Graniterock’s Construction Division for eight years. She began as a laborer for ... Read More

Operation McDonalds

Mcook Posted by Mike Cook on Thu, 26 Mar 2015, 4:52 pm

The challenge to deliver the same product every timeIf you have gone to McDonalds once, chances are you’ve been there many times. McDonalds prides itself in delivering the same flavorful experience with every visit. Whether it’s a Big Mac, McNuggets or a cup of coffee, McDonalds knows if they do it right and the same way each time, you’ll be back.Graniterock customers are no different. They expect our rock products, concrete and asphalt to be consistent ... Read More

Working Together: One of the best paving teams in the industry

Shannajo Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Wed, March 18th, 2015, 3:16 pm

BIG SUR – You wouldn’t be wrong to think asphalt runs through Robert Lauderdale’s veins. The longtime Graniterock field supervisor is known for covering record ground, whether a runway at SFO or Highway 101. He and his team are at their best when the stakes are high, pushing to get every last ton down in a tight paving window. They thrive when 20-30 trucks are hauling to dump the expensive, time-sensitive material, clock ticking to get ... Read More

Mike Baker, the man behind Graniterock’s Working Together

Shannajo Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Wed, March 18th, 2015, 3:16 pm

When Mike Baker talks about the aluminum “coals” he spent 25 years selling and manufacturing in Kentucky and Ohio, it’s really coils. Mike’s southern accent might be as thick as they come, but he doesn’t leave anyone guessing when it comes to his passion for team work and strong leadership. The former high school teacher and baseball coach rose to a top manager spot in the aluminum industry, overseeing plants with more than 1,000 employees and ... Read More

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2015

Garrymathiason Posted by Garry Mathiason on Tue, 25 Nov 2014, 5:24 pm

The California Legislature concluded the final year of its 2013-2014 regular session in the early morning of August 29, 2014. Gov. Jerry Brown signed more than 900 of the 1,073 bills produced by the legislature into law, including several that bring changes to the construction industry. Here are six that could directly impact your business. All new laws take effect Jan. 1, 2015 unless otherwise noted.Mandatory paid sick leave: California businesses must provide at least three ... Read More

Friend of the Family: Jimmy Chiu

Ttuggey Posted by Terry Tuggey on Tue, 18 Nov 2014, 4:04 pm

Since the mid- 1990s, Jimmy Chiu, infrastructure program director at San Francisco International Airport, has played an important role in the airport’s unique partnership with Graniterock’s Construction Division. “Right from the beginning, we worked on a way to solve problems in a non-adversarial way,” Jimmy said. For example, if mix designs developed in a lab environment did not perform on site, the airport team worked with Graniterock to find a solution. “Over the years, we’ve realized ... Read More


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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.