Press Release
January 7, 1999

Graniterock Receives Recognition From International Women’s Professional Group

Company Cited for Advancing Women's Employment Opportunities

The National Association of Women in Construction’s Monterey and San Benito County Chapter recognized Graniterock at its dinner meeting last week. The Company was recognized for its efforts to promote the advancement and employment of women in the construction industry.

In making the presentation to President & CEO Bruce W. Woolpert, Association President Sherry Lewis stated, “Graniterock continues to be a leader in encouraging women to enter and grow in the construction industry.” As an example of this, Graniterock recently hosted over eighty members of the group to the A.R. Wilson Quarry to explain the operation of the quarry and the many job functions.

The Monterey and San Benito County Chapter was founded thirty years ago this month. The National Association of Women in Construction is an international association with more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. The organization promotes and supports the advancement and employment of women in construction through educational offerings and member meetings.

Woolpert was made an Honorary Member of the organization (which includes only women). Woolpert stated, “Graniterock feels honored by this recognition for its efforts to expand employment possibilities for women. We are pleased that our outreach and training programs are increasingly opening the door for women in our quarrying, truck transportation, ready mix concrete and building materials delivery, and contracting businesses.”

As an example of its efforts to advance women’s opportunities, Graniterock offers a truck drivers’ training program. Women, who want to become drivers but have only a regular driver’s license, can learn what’s needed to get a commercial drivers’ license and have opportunities to apply for Company employment. While most truck driving schools charge $4,000, Graniterock’s training is free for candidates selected. In fact, the company pays them an hourly wage and a bonus upon completion of the training course. The training program is open to women and men, but the Company has made extra efforts to promote the program to women groups and organizations.

Granite Rock Company is the oldest supplier of construction building materials in the area. Its largest and oldest operation is the A.R. Wilson Quarry located in Aromas (San Benito County). Its Pavex Construction Division performs general engineering contracting with California Contractor’s License #22. The Company will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2000. The Company employees 650 people with six business locations in San Benito and Monterey Counties.

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