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Strategic Planning - Start at the Core

Posted by Kevin Jeffery on Mar 18, 2015

For many people, the end of the year is a time to analyze past practices and begin to look at new ideas for the coming year. At Graniterock, we’ve taken several months of 2013 to work on our strategic plan for the future. You may find some of our methods helpful as you look to the future of your business.
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Mark Nicholson, Inc. - Building the Foundations of San Benito County

Posted by Reiner Maschmeyer on Mar 18, 2015

Larry, Mark and Kurt Nicholson in 1990
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Up Close: Chris Beatie - Finding a Path to Giving

Posted by Rose Ann Woolpert on Mar 18, 2015

Life’s journey sometimes leads us to unexpected destinations. For Chris Beatie, who works at Graniterock’s A.R. Wilson Road Materials in Aromas, recent challenges have led to new opportunities to improve his personal well-being and at the same time help others in need.
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100 Years Ago at Graniterock

Posted by Rose Ann Woolpert on Mar 18, 2015

75 years ago, in 1938, when heavy rainfall caused flooding along the Pajaro River the Granite Rock Company quarry filled with water three feet deep. Bill Codiga, step-grandson of Ambrose Rossi, recalled his grandmother, stranded in her home there. “She would not come out of her house and they had to take her out in a rowboat.”
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The Economic Forecast for 2014

Posted by Steve Snodgrass on Mar 18, 2015

Building Relationships: Jim Carroll - Carroll and Strong Builders, Inc.

Posted by Robert Ellenwood on Mar 18, 2015

The importance of great relationships is a fundamental, recurring theme for Jim Carroll of Carroll and Strong Builders, Inc. This Watsonville-based company builds high-end, exceptional custom homes in the Monterey Bay Region.  Jim and his partner, Randy Strong, focus their energies on outstanding communication with architects, home owners, suppliers and subcontractors as they create beautifully detailed homes for discriminating clients.
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What Makes Concrete Green?

Posted by Katha Redmon on Mar 18, 2015

An important part of the design phase of any construction project is materials selection.  Concrete, steel or wood are typical options for the building frame; for paving applications, the choice is generally either concrete or asphalt. Material choice depends on several factors, including initial cost, life cycle cost and performance for the specific application. Due to the growing interest in sustainable development, engineers and architects are now motivated more than ever to choose sustainable materials.
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Up Close: Ryan Fontes

Posted by Rose Ann Woolpert on Mar 18, 2015

For Ryan Fontes, concrete dispatcher for Graniterock in Monterey County, every day on the job brings new and interesting challenges. “There are so many variables with concrete,” explains Ryan. “As we say around here, every delivery has a story. It can be something unexpected that happens in traffic on the way to the job, or something on the job site. Contractors, inspectors, concrete pumpers, finishers – with everyone involved it can be pretty intense at times. But at the end of the day, it’s great to know you’ve achieved your goals.  We’re here to succeed, and everyone is upbeat when we have a good, busy day.” 
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Attention Contractors and Subcontractors: You Have a Duty to Report Hazards...Even If You Did Not Create Them

Posted by Jennifer L. Gregg on Mar 18, 2015

Graniterock’s legal team recently reviewed a case that offers an important reminder to all construction contractors – California law imposes a duty to report jobsite hazards to the project owner or general contractor, even if you did not create the hazard. That reminder comes from the 2009 California Court of Appeal case of Miguel Suarez v. Pacific Northstar Mechanical, Inc. (PNM), which found a construction contractor that knew of a jobsite hazard, but kept quiet about it, could be held liable for injuries sustained by any worker at the jobsite who was later injured by the hazard.
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Asking for Help is a Sign of Strength

Posted by Mark Kaminski on Mar 18, 2015

 I began my professional career without the knowledge, skills and experience I would need to solve every problem on my own.  This meant that I needed to learn the social skill of ALWAYS asking for help. I had to change the way I looked at problem situations from the way I was raised to a new understanding: "ASKING FOR HELP IS A SIGN OF STRENGTH."
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