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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

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

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

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