Press Release
May 5, 2003

Mine Safety Professional Certification Achieved By Locals

Two Graniterock Safety Experts Recognized

Graniterock’s Safety Training Manager, Mike Leuck, and Construction Safety Manager, Bill Guillen, completed the course work and examination to become Certified Mine Safety

Professionals (CMSP) in January. Mike and Bill learned last week that they passed the examination and received their CMSP certifications. Certification requires extensive knowledge of federal mining law and regulations, methods of determining incident root causes, development of a MSHA training plan, mine rescue, confined space safety, and analytical mathematical approaches useful in evaluating safety trends.

“Mike and Bill both have extensive safety experience,” said Mike Herges, Graniterock Safety & Health Services Manager. “Their certification as Mine Safety Professionals validates the depth of their knowledge with regard to mine safety. We are fortunate to have them on our Safety Team.”

The organization that certifies Mine Safety Professionals is the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals. The International Society of Mine Safety Professionals was formed to promote the development of safety professionals throughout the international mining community to save lives and reduce injuries through better leadership and understanding of the mining industry worldwide. The Society’s mission is to provide a universal conduit by which all mine safety disciplines are improved. The Society is dedicated to the development and support of the social and economic well being of all safety practitioners, while fostering technical, scientific and managerial proficiencies of all safety and health professionals.

Mike Leuck has lived in Santa Cruz County since 1960. He is an Environmental, Safety and Health (E, H&S) professional. Mike received training in the E, H&S profession while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and attending San Diego State University OSHA Institute. He is married and has 3 children. He enjoys gardening with his wife and outdoor activities with his children. Mike and family live north of Boulder Creek where they are remodeling a local landmark, the Riverside Grove Resort and Pool.

Bill Guillen has lived in San Bernardino County for the last 18 years and has recently relocated to the central coast area. He started with Graniterock’s Pavex Construction Division ten months ago and has brought 27 years of construction safety experience to the company. Bill is a former firefighter spending 20 years in emergency services including being a member of the San Bernardino County HAZMAT response team as a hazardous materials specialist. Bill has been married to Barbara for 24 years and they have 5 children. He enjoys all outdoor activities and is an avid sportsman. Bill credits his success to having a close-knit family and staying actively involved in his church.

Graniterock has been headquartered in Watsonville, California, since it’s founding in 1900. The Company’s employees work in branch locations in South San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose, Salinas, Monterey, Oakland, Watsonville, 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. The Company has been one of the 100 Best Places to Work in America by Fortune magazine for five years.

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