Rock Blog

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 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 Tue, March 31st, 2015, 3:23 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 venture Graniterock ... 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, 8:16 am

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


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.