Press Release
March 3, 2009

Educational Accomplishments at Graniterock

Amy Power, Tom O’Brien and Greg Wilkinson, of Graniterock’s Research and Technical Services Department (RTS), recently passed proficiency tests for Concrete Strength Testing and certified by the American Concrete Institute (ACI). Eric Atkins also from RTS, recently completed the requirements necessary to become certified as an ACI Concrete Field Test Technician - Grade I.

The American Concrete Institute is a technical and educational organization dedicated to improving the design, construction, maintenance and repair of concrete structures.

Amy currently holds a B.S in geology, and is beginning additional coursework to obtain a second degree in Civil Engineering. Amy also recently completed the LEED certification course and is in the process of scheduling her test for accreditation.

Tom is currently attending Cabrillo Community College as a Business Major. He is helping lead investigation and development of “Green” concrete mixes which substitute large quantities of Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCMs) such as fly ash and blast furnace slag for Portland cement to reduce the carbon footprint of concrete and increase the durability of concrete products. Recently, he recently completed a LEED course online and is in the process of scheduling the exam.

Greg has a degree from The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and is noted as a Letters and Science Degree. Recently he has been working in research and QC/QA labs since 1992.Greg is spearheading a very complex multi-stage project at the A.R. Wilson Quarry to further reduce product variability by using real-time digital images that measure the gradation of a product and then time-link that information to key components of the manufacturing process that are sources of the variability. This information will be used by plant operators to make adjustments to the process that will make products that are already excellent even more consistent.

Eric currently has an A.S degree in Construction Management from Cabrillo Community College. He is most recently working on a Porous Asphalt mix developing designs for implementation under Caltrans’ new Section 39 specifications.

“As evidenced by the Graniterock people above, we continue to work on product and process improvement by continually educating ourselves, and then applying the knowledge so that we can help our customers be successful through technical excellence that provides leadership level quality and efficiency,” said Mike Cook, Director Quality Services, Graniterock.

Graniterock has been headquartered in Watsonville, California, since its founding in 1900. The Company’s employees work in branch locations in South San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose, Salinas, Monterey, Oakland, Watsonville, Cupertino, Turlock, Felton and Santa Cruz. Graniterock supplies construction materials including; ready-mix concrete, hot mix asphalt, building materials, landscaping supplies, rock, sand and gravel. The Company’s Pavex Construction Division is a significant regional heavy engineering contractor building roadways, airports and private commercial and residential projects. Graniterock received the 1992 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the 1994 Governor’s Golden State Quality Award.

For more information, contact:
Keith Severson, 831.768.2063
Marketing Services Manager Graniterock