Category Archives: Business

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2015

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. Read more

Friend of the Family: Jimmy Chiu

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 Read more

Up Close: Katlin Johnston

Katlin Johnston, Graniterock’s accounts receivable supervisor, keeps business on track with her no nonsense problem solving behind the scenes. “There is no typical day. It never ends up the way I have planned it, and the day continuously changes– it is impossible to become bored. I love to be busy, and I have interaction with Read more

Know Your Licensing Requirements

Construction contracting is a highly regulated business.  This is even more true when it comes to home improvement work, a staple for small contractors.  The first step for anyone in the business is to get a contractor’s license in the right classification.  Unfortunately, the requirement is widely disregarded.  The Contractor’s State License Board recently conducted Read more

2015 Economic Forecast

Economic forecasters, like those who predict the weather, have a long history of being wrong.  Like the weather, we’d all like to anticipate what the economic future will look like, but conflicting economic data and confounding economic events make forecasts difficult to rely upon. A negative event occurs that would logically seem to depress the Read more

Friends of the Family: Sean Venables and Mark Petersen of Duran and Venables, Inc.

General engineering, grading and paving contractor Duran and Venables, Inc., is a business that shares Graniterock’s core values, a hallmark of our “Family Friends.” This family-focused business has safety as its top priority and maintains a deep commitment to quality, integrity, trust and customer service. CEO Sean Venables and his partner Mark Petersen recently described Read more

Are We Paying Attention?

Many of us spend our lives listening to a seemingly endless stream of information from radio, television, the internet and social media outlets, from our co-workers and significant others – so much so that it becomes a challenge to focus on what is really important. I am guilty of letting my mind wander as my Read more

Tony Ruiz of A. Ruiz Construction

Tony Ruiz was born to be a builder. As a teenager, Tony recalls, “I didn’t like school and I always wanted to get into construction. When I was 15 or 16, I would go down to the laborers’ hall before school, trying to get onto a job. Finally, when I was 17, I was hired Read more

Up Close: Jon Erskine

Swimming, riding a bicycle and jogging can  be fun exercise, but for most of us it would be  daunting to combine all three into a highly competitive 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle race and  26.2-mile marathon. Yet Jon Erskine, Graniterock’s Director of Geological and Environmental Sciences, will do just that at the Ironman World Championships Oct. Read more

Making SFO Safer: Graniterock Completes Installation of Engineered Materials Arrestor System (EMAS)

For three months this summer, the pounding of compactors, shrill of back up alarms and reverberation of rollers and excavation equipment competed with the roar of jets taking off and landing at San Francisco International Airport. Graniterock Team Members and joint venture partner DeSilva Gates Construction were busy installing new Engineered Materials Arrestor System (EMAS) Read more