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Reflecting on industry changes

How the industry has changed in past decade

Posted by Jason Sanchez on Apr 12, 2018

HALF MOON BAY – Eddie Andreini has several job openings at his Half Moon Bay ready-mix and building materials business, with positions varied from sales to operations.
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Beyond the forklift

Way more than a forklift operator

Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Mar 15, 2018

REDWOOD CITY – Amador Martinez is known for his first impressions.
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From communism to prosperity

Premier pipe company has deep Croatian roots

Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Feb 21, 2018

WATSONVILLE – Before owning a successful pipe company, 86-year-old Chris Kristich lived in poverty with very little education in former communist Yugoslavia.
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Driver turned plant engineer

From spreader truck driver to plant engineer

Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Jan 22, 2018

REDWOOD CITY – Dave Voris had never seen a spreader truck, much less driven one, when he interviewed for the job of spreader truck driver at Graniterock in 1995.
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Running the paver and more

A superintendent who wears several hats

Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Dec 5, 2017

MORGAN HILL – One of the things that’s kept Dave Sornberger of Trinchero Construction employed full-time, no matter the economy, is his ability to run every piece of heavy equipment.
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Quarry feels like home

Quarry feels like home for this Rock Star

Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Nov 14, 2017

AROMAS – Candace Klein is a rare sight in a predominantly man’s world.
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Failure not an option

Failure not an option for this paving Rock Star

Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Aug 2, 2017

SAN JOSE – By all accounts, it’s a miracle JP Paving celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.
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Utility player on the rise

Rock Star: Joe Burgoon makes his mark at Calaveras Dam joint venture

Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Dec 6, 2016

CALAVERAS DAM - When a nationwide survey indicates 86 percent of contractors struggle to fill key craft and salaried positions as demand for construction increases, it’s refreshing to meet Joe Burgoon.
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Rock Star shares secret to success

Rock Star: Raudel Salinas shares secret to success

Posted by Robert Ellenwood on Jun 8, 2016

FAIRFIELD – Safe to say no one likes to be yelled at or put down.Raudel ‘Toby’ Salinas, Jr. once worked for a foreman who cursed commands and was relentless with harsh criticism.That boss didn’t teach or guide. He only motivated through fear.
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Monterey County engineer takes road less traveled

Rock Star: Billy Issa chases the American dream from Lebanon to Monterey

Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Apr 7, 2016

SALINAS – Billy Issa landed in Monterey from the Middle East in 1989 pretty much broke and speaking little English, but he carried with him the kind of determination that can only lead to success.
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