PRODUCERS – February 2023

The board of Nevada-based Jensen Precast, one of the United States’ largest and most respected operators in non-architectural structures or elements, has appointed Eric Jensen, 55, as chief executive officer. A Harvard Business School graduate and past National Precast Concrete Association director, he joined the family business as a teenager, a series of assignments leading to the chief marketing officer…

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One-time estimator intern Lemon succeeds Graniterock chief Squeri

Sources: Graniterock, Watsonville, Calif.; CP staff Peter Lemon has taken the helm of northern California’s top independent aggregates, ready mixed concrete and road building operator. He replaces Graniterock President and CEO Tom Squeri, who has led the producer and contractor since 2012 and remains a director. “I am honored to continue build[ing] on our achievements of the past 123 years,”…

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Graniterock short film garners global competition nod

Sources: Graniterock, Watsonville, Calif.; CP staff Green Journey, a 27-minute production on how northern California aggregate and ready mixed concrete operator Graniterock is transforming its approach to energy use and setting an example for environmental leadership in construction materials production, has earned an Accolade Global Film Competition Award of Merit. The La Jolla, Calif. organization recognizes film, television, videography and…

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The Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario has officially re-branded as Concrete Ontario. Members acknowledged the group’s growth and evolution over 56 years and felt it was time for a change, noting how the new identity satisfies all of the expectations the original mark stands for while simultaneously moving the organization forward. Providing easy recall and recognition of the association, the new brand maintains a visual connection to how it was seen before.

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California surprise: Public works ready-mix delivery subject to prevailing wage

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Many of us in the California construction industry spent time this fall with one eye on the capital, Sacramento, hoping our legislators would at long last address the state’s crumbling highways, roads and bridges. Editorial boards, local agencies, citizen groups and construction industry and union leaders alike pressed for additional funding to improve our infrastructure.

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NRMCA certifies five Graniterock plants’ Environmental Product Declarations

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Northern California’s leading independent aggregate and concrete operator, Graniterock, has issued Environmental Product Declarations covering 30 mixes at three central and two transit mixed plants serving Silicon Valley and coastal markets south. National Ready Mixed Concrete Association certified the documents as an EPD Program Operator, adding them to a growing industry library hosted on its website.

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Reclaiming Revisited

Improving market conditions, land-locked sister properties, plus safety and environmental factors have spurred an upgrade of Graniterock’s Redwood City Building Materials property, one of the company’s two integrated ready mixed, asphalt and recycling plants serving Silicon Valley. The Redwood City site sources aggregate by rail from the Graniterock Aromas quarry, about 75 miles south.

Continuous improvement of processes and people is long-standing in the ready mixed concrete, aggregate, recycling and road-building businesses of Watsonville, Calif.-based Graniterock. The practice also applies to property, as demonstrated at the Redwood City Building Materials site, where the producer is revisiting a) returned concrete and truck washout handling methods sidelined since the late 1990s and, b) space utilization on a limited footprint. 

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Graniterock adds carbon footprint savings calculator to iPhone app

Sources: Graniterock, Watsonville, Calif.; CP staff

Graniterock’s Construction Calculators Version 4.2 app enables architects and contractors to gauge carbon dioxide emissions reduction when using supplementary cementitious materials to offset portland cement in concrete mix designs. The just-released update builds on one of the industry’s first mobile device-geared software products, launched in 2011, for estimating a project’s ready mixed and aggregate requirements.

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