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Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy begins next week

Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy inspires students to succeed at math

Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Jul 27, 2015

Wishing you a Happy & Safe Fourth of July

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July

Posted by Keith Severson on Jul 3, 2015

Graniterock People hop aboard for ride on Engine No. 10

Graniterock People have a ball riding Engine No. 10

Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Apr 29, 2015

At least 100 Graniterock People made the trip to Sacramento April 25 to hop aboard the company's historic steam engine. 
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Working Together: Small team keeps sand plants running smoothly

Working Together: Small team keeps sand plants running smoothly

Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Apr 17, 2015

Marvin Brandt didn’t know a single thing about sand before taking over the Santa Cruz and Quail Hollow sand plants seven years ago. But what he knew, and knew well, was how to manufacture materials and lead people from nearly 30 years as production manager at Cemex, just a few miles up Highway 1 from the Santa Cruz Sand Plant. “The principles of manufacturing are the same whether it’s sand or cement,” said Marvin, who splits his time between the Santa Cruz and Felton plants. “Success comes from the people you’re working with, and I’ve got the best crews.” Marvin inherited two struggling sand plants when coming on board to Graniterock in 2008. Both plants were in need of equipment upgrades and had difficulty meeting customers’ expectations. To make the job even more challenging, the Santa Cruz plant is going into its second year without a mining permit extension from the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, which has limited production in Santa Cruz and forced Quail Hollow to double its sand production to help the Santa Cruz plant meet customer demand. Through the daily challenges and permit uncertainty, Marvin and his small team – Ben Snowand Neil Kunkel in Santa Cruz, and Cynthia Escobar, Enrique Diaz and Shaun Eskue at Quail Hollow - maintain calm and order. They ensure stockpiles are kept up, plant machinery stays in working order and customers are loaded with the right quality and quantity of material. Sand specs are extremely tight, which means the team is constantly fine tuning production to make sure the material is neither too fine or too course. Golf courses, in need of bunker sand, are typically the plants’ top customers. While Marvin is quick to credit his team for the plants’ turnaround, the team is equally quick to praise their leader. “Marvin’s a good teacher,” said Ben, who has worked at the Santa Cruz plant for three years. “He makes you want to come to work here and do a good job.” Neil said he enjoys Marvin’s easy going personality and works hard to earn the trust Marvin has in everyone. “He trusts us to do our job and he makes it so you enjoy coming to work,” Neil said. “Anything we need, he’s happy to help.” Cynthia, weighmaster at Quail Hollow, worked with Marvin during her 18-year career at Cemex before joining Graniterock in 2011. Because the Quail Hollow team is small, they treat each other like family, which is due largely to the culture Marvin has helped build. “We get to know each other on a personal basis and take interest in each other,” Cynthia said. “Marvin’s a good listener. He’ll listen to each one of us before making any sort of decision, which is really nice.” For Marvin, leading a team and taking responsibility for two major production facilities is akin to parenting. He and his wife of 39 years know something about that with three sons and four grandchildren. “You work alongside them. They see how you operate, how you work,” he said. “You can’t tell someone I want quality, safety and production. You have to show them how it’s done. “It’s like raising a child. Children learn what is right by watching.”
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Meet Graniterock's Board of Directors: John Orcutt

Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Apr 13, 2015

John Orcutt likes to fix and build companies. As a consummate businessman he can help companies gain market share, improve customer relations, grow revenue, improve teams and position products for str...
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Historic steam engine back on track

Graniterock's historic steam engine gets back on track

Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Apr 8, 2015

View story from Sacramento Business Journal: Back on track The iconic puffing sound of a steam locomotive will return to Old Sacramento this season when the repaired Granite Rock No. 10 steam locomo...
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New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2015

Posted by Garry Mathiason on Mar 18, 2015

Mandatory paid sick leave: California businesses must provide at least three days or 24 hours per year of paid sick leave for most employees, with a cap of 48 hours. Mandatory paid sick leave begins July 1, 2015. The rate of accrual will eventually increase to one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. The 14-page new law is complex with eight new statutes and additional recordkeeping and notice requirements for employers. Employees who already have paid sick leave through a valid collective bargaining agreement are exempt from the law.
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Friend of the Family: Jimmy Chiu

Posted by Terry Tuggey on Mar 18, 2015

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 environment did not perform on site, the airport team worked with Graniterock to find a solution. 
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Keeping It Green - Local Sourcing of Rock, Sand and Gravel

Posted by Keith Severson on Mar 18, 2015

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 instead of obtaining them locally, and know that if we neglect our local sources they are in danger of disappearing.
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Up Close: Katlin Johnston

Posted by Rose Ann Woolpert on Mar 18, 2015

“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 people all day long. If someone calls with a problem, you solve it, and it makes them happy,” Katlin said.
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