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Friends of the Family: Sean Venables and Mark Petersen of Duran and Venables, Inc.

Posted by Robert Ellenwood on Mar 18, 2015

CEO Sean Venables and his partner Mark Petersen recently described the company’s behavior-based safety program. “It was slow getting this approach started, but what we’ve seen is a change in attitude about safety among people in the field. Their concern for each other’s well-being, where everyone is looking out for each other, has made a big, big difference. 
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Up Close: Jim Holmquist

Posted by Jim West on Mar 18, 2015

A native Californian, Jim’s family moved from the San Joaquin Valley to Santa Cruz when he was in sixth-grade.  He graduated from Soquel High School in 1968 and the University of the Pacific in 1972, where he played football with Pete Carroll and was on the golf team as well.  After graduation he received his teaching credential from University of the Pacific.
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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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Tony Ruiz of A. Ruiz Construction

Posted by John Wilshire on Mar 18, 2015

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 one day to strip stem walls during the building of the 280 freeway. I worked 10 hours straight that day, until the foreman made me stop.” That was the beginning of Tony’s construction career, and he has never looked back.
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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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Santana Noble of Santana Paving and Grading, Inc.

Posted by Jason Sanchez on Mar 18, 2015

Pavement maintenance is the company's core business, but along the way if a customer needs another project done, Santana's goal is to fulfill the request and delight his customers in the process. He does this by supporting his employees to get specialized training, such as installation techniques for permeable pavers and pervious concrete, or he will find someone who has the skills to deliver the best results. He takes pride in every job and strives for perfection. Anything from ADA installations and Allen block walls to tennis court resurfacing or underground work, Santana Paving and Grading is ready to tackle the job.
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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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Aiming For Zero at Graniterock

Posted by Aaron Johnston on Mar 18, 2015

Graniterock People take great pride in their work. The phrase “make it better” is a core value we live by, and a continuous improvement culture permeates everything we do.  We are determined to make and deliver great products and projects for our customers. We put safety before all else, ensure that our operations and products are environmentally sound, and work each day to meet or exceed customer quality requirements.  This is just what we do.  
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