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Mike Baker, the man behind Graniterock’s Working Together

Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Mar 18, 2015

When Mike Baker talks about the aluminum “coals” he spent 25 years selling and manufacturing in Kentucky and Ohio, it’s really coils. Mike’s southern accent might be as thick as they come, but he doesn’t leave anyone guessing when it comes to his passion for team work and strong leadership. 
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2015 Economic Forecast

Posted by Steve Snodgrass on Mar 18, 2015

A negative event occurs that would logically seem to depress the stock market but results in triple digit gains, or a positive happening has the exact opposite effect. So take that as a warning – just like the weather, when it comes to economic predictions there are no guarantees. 
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Do You Feel the Waters Rising?

Posted by Reed Carter on Mar 18, 2015

Many people in our industry are feeling the waters rise around us.  New requirements for controlling and treating storm water come out nearly every day; it’s hard to know what exactly to do.  Many are familiar with the Construction General Permit, but how about the Municipal Stormwater General Permit or the Industrial General Permit?  Don’t worry, you won’t be tested on that, but it is important to know the similarities and differences between them.  As newer versions of these permits are written, they constantly reference each other and the regulations tend to grow together.  When one thing works, the others can be quick to adopt it.  So how do you make sure you are in compliance?  How do you follow all three at once?
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A Snapshot of Graniterock History

Posted by Rose Ann Woolpert on Mar 18, 2015

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 is where the A.R. Wilson Quarry crushing plants, offices and shops are now located. 
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Are We Paying Attention?

Posted by Henry Ramirez on Mar 18, 2015

 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 kids relate some mundane (in my mind anyway) event that has happened to them at school. I usually pay the price later on when the subject comes up again and I’m asked if I remember. No such luck, I can’t remember a thing, because I wasn’t paying attention.
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Up Close: Jon Erskine

Posted by Jim West on Mar 18, 2015

On the job at Graniterock, Jon is a mild-mannered geologist whose role is to help plan and adjust mining, crushing and processing techniques to produce consistent, high-quality aggregates for use in Company products such as asphalt and concrete. Away from work, he is a Superman who has trained thousands of hours to qualify for a spot at the starting line at “Kona”, the iconic triathlon more than 150,000 people aspire to join each year.
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Know the Key: The Importance of the Preliminary Notice

Posted by Jennifer L. Gregg on Mar 18, 2015

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 to these questions will often determine their ability to recover money owed.
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Attentive Customer Service is Worth Millions

Posted by Bruce W. Woolpert on Mar 18, 2015

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 of thinking is commonly accepted in many, if not most workplaces, but it is terribly misleading because it ignores the lifetime value of a customer. “Lifetime value” is the accumulated projected sales to a customer, based on the assumption that the business is retained each year for a lifetime. Repeat business has immense importance – it has lower overall cost and is the best indicator of long-term business viability.
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Up Close: Kenny Nott

Posted by Jim West on Mar 18, 2015

Flooring the gas pedal can be a welcome relief from Kenny’s responsibilities for keeping all of the Quarry’s rock crushing and processing equipment, including a fleet of highway and off road haul trucks and even a train engine, all in top working order. Managing two dozen Team Members and keeping everything on budget is all part of the job.
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This Month at Graniterock: The Fifth Annual Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy

Posted by Keith Severson on Mar 18, 2015

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 to master basic math and algebra required for the workforce. An estimated 80 percent of community college students need remedial math and 50 percent of students entering the California State University system require remedial math. 
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