Category Archives: Business

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

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