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Know the Key: The Importance of the Preliminary Notice

What do you do if faced with a contractor or customer unwilling or unable to pay for labor or materials? When a contractor or supplier comes to me with this problem, the first question I always ask is, “Did you serve a Preliminary Notice?” I then ask, “When was the Preliminary Notice served?” The answers Read more

Attentive Customer Service Is Worth Millions

Editor’s Note: Bruce W. Woolpert served as President and CEO of Graniterock from1987 to 2012. This article from our files explains the importance of great customer service. By Bruce W. Woolpert On those days when things go badly at work and a customer is left dissatisfied, you might respond with, “Well, there’s always tomorrow.”  This way Read more

Santana Noble of Santana Paving and Grading, Inc.

Santana Noble built Santana Paving and Grading, Inc. by ensuring that every job, no matter how big or small, is completed just the way the customer wants it.  This general engineering contractor is based in Santa Cruz County, but his bright yellow trucks can be seen serving customers seven days a week anywhere from San Read more

Major Changes in Hot Mix Asphalt: Caltrans Adds More “Superpave” Concepts to Improve Performance

In recent years the California Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) industry has seen major changes in technology and state specifications.  Warm mix asphalt, recycled asphalt pavement and anti-stripping agents have already been implemented, and the use of intelligent compaction and asphalt shingles are hitting the street soon.  Further changes in specifications include a new binder grading system Read more

Aiming for Zero at Graniterock

Graniterock People take great pride in their work. The phrase “make it better” is a core value we live by, and a continuous improvement culture permeates everything we do.  We are determined to make and deliver great products and projects for our customers. We put safety before all else, ensure that our operations and products Read more

Robert Cruz: 1 Earth Irrigation and Landscaping

    Challenges in life sometimes lead us to follow new and unexpected paths. This was the case for Robert Cruz, who started his landscape contracting business, 1 Earth Irrigation and Landscape Company, after a 25-year career in education. Robert spent 10 years   as a high school academic counselor, then went on to teach Read more

How Not to Get Sued

Without a doubt, one of the most common questions I get from folks in the construction industry is “how do I avoid getting sued?” Unfortunately the answer is “you can’t.” There’s no magic shield to prevent lawsuits. The United States is a highly litigious country where we can sue anyone for just about anything, and Read more

Up Close – Marvin Brandt

Graniterock People take pride in their ability to wear many hats on the job. Marvin Brandt, who manages Graniterock’s Quail Hollow Quarry in Felton and the Santa Cruz Sand Plant (also known as the Wilder Sand Quarry), is a Team Member who applies his many talents and varied experience wherever needed to get the job Read more

Building Relationships

Graniterock has laid the foundation of our California region for nearly 115 years. Roads, railways, homes, businesses and beloved landmarks of the northern and central parts of our state were built by Graniterock People with materials and workmanship of renowned quality. From the very beginning, our goal has been to earn the respect of our Read more

Integrity Matters

A pair of Marines at Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia were on a night training exercise in the woods outside of the facility. At one point in the exercise, both of them suffered a significant lapse. Each Marine fell asleep on his watch.   For one officer candidate, the incident became a constructive leadership Read more