Category Archives: Community

Keeping It Green – Local Sourcing of Rock, Sand and Gravel

People worldwide are rediscovering the benefits of “buying local.” Chefs have found that food from local gardens and farmers’ markets is not only fresher, tastier and more nutritious; it is also good for our economy – buying directly from family farmers helps keep them in business.  They realize the adverse environmental impact of importing foodstuffs 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

Up Close: Jim Holmquist

Jim Holmquist is a coach.  Whether it’s football, wrestling, golf, softball or baseball–high school or college, as an Army drill instructor or a Graniterock branch manager, Jim has spent a lifetime bringing people  together to function successfully as a team. A native Californian, Jim’s family moved from the San Joaquin Valley to Santa Cruz when Read more

A Snapshot of Graniterock History

100 years ago In 1914, Graniterock expanded its quarry operations with the purchase of 151 acres from Henry F. Blohm. The property, a section of the Jesse D. Carr subdivision, was once a part of the Mexican land grant Rancho Los Aromitas y Agua Caliente, which was owned by Policronio Estolastico de Guadalupe Anzar. This 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

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

Up Close: Kenny Nott

Throwing a 600-horse-power race car into a sideways slide at 75 or 80 miles an hour may not seem like a good way to escape from stress. But for Kenny Nott, who oversees every piece of machinery at the A.R. Wilson Quarry, the single minded activity of keeping three of four wheels on the ground Read more

This Month at Graniterock: The Fifth Annual Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy

As California’s economy improves and business hiring increases, employers are looking for people with technical skills in engineering, science and technology to fill new job openings.  Yet, many of these career opportunities are lost to California job seekers. Too many of our high school graduates are not adequately prepared for college level mathematics and unable Read more