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Welcome to RockTalk, your ultimate destination for all things related to Graniterock People. Delve into a world of captivating narratives and valuable insights as our podcast illuminates the remarkable realm of Graniterock. Join us as we showcase the quality  products, monumental projects, and the exceptional team members who collectively define Graniterock as a standout force in the construction industry.



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Jack of all trades, Doug Tolbert, last day at the Rock!
Jun 2 2023
Jack of all trades, Doug Tolbert, last day at the Rock!
Doug Tolbert headed to retirement after a 46-year run at Graniterock.His last day was May 12, 2023.The Gilroy resident started his long career in 1977 at the Berryessa asphalt plant, which has been closed for many years.He’s also served as a loader operator unloading rail cars at Berryessa and Capitol and has been responsible for the Company’s recycling operations.Since 2015, Doug has served as project manager at the Aromas hot plant.In addition to these roles, Doug was asked by Bruce Woolpert in 1992 to restore the Company’s 1942 steam locomotive, engine number 10, which was originally used to haul rock at the A.R. Wilson Quarry.Doug spent five years rebuilding the historic locomotive to running condition. The train is now housed at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.Doug has also spent his Graniterock career overseeing maintenance and decoration of the Company’s antique vehicle fleet, which includes a 1950 Ford mixer truck, 1928 AA dump truck, 1948 International Harvester tanker and 1920s Austen motor grader.He has taken the vehicles to many community events and parades on weekends during his Graniterock tenure.“Doug was one of the kindest people you would ever meet.  He sincerely enjoyed coming to work every day to help make our operations more efficient and productive,” Stuart Mager said. “He willingly passed his vast knowledge of materials plants to other team members he worked with.  He had such a long history at Graniterock that he knew where all the bones were buried, so to speak.  If we ran into a challenge with the plant that we could not solve, Doug usually knew how to solve it and knew where we could find replacement parts somewhere at one of Graniterock’s other sites, which kept plant downtime to a minimum.”Doug is passionate about fixing old cars and trucks and fishing.He plans to spend retirement between his homes in Shasta and Gilroy.Best wishes, Doug!
Inside Graniterock's HR Department: Recruiting Tips and Stories from the Pros
Apr 7 2023
Inside Graniterock's HR Department: Recruiting Tips and Stories from the Pros
In this episode, we sit down with Jamie Agnello and Casey Messersmith, two members of the Graniterock Human Resource department, to get an inside look at their recruiting program and to learn some tips for landing a job at Graniterock.Jamie and Casey share their experiences in HR and talk about the challenges and rewards of recruiting for a leading construction materials company. They also discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in their hiring process and share their strategies for attracting top talent to Graniterock.The conversation then turns to their recent trip to Reno, where they attended the ASC competition/job fair. They talk about the impressive skills they witnessed from the students and how they evaluate candidates at job fairs. They also offer tips for students and job seekers on how to make the most out of attending these types of events.Throughout the episode, Jamie and Casey share stories about their experiences in HR, including some of the most memorable interviews they've conducted and the challenges they've faced when recruiting for specific positions. They also give listeners an inside look at what it's like to work in HR at a leading construction materials company like Graniterock.Whether you're a student looking to break into the construction industry or a seasoned professional interested in HR, this episode offers valuable insights and advice from two experts in the field. Tune in to learn more about Graniterock's HR department and how they're building a talented and diverse team.
New phone system is coming to Graniterock, all calls will be on your computer (Teams)!
Mar 31 2023
New phone system is coming to Graniterock, all calls will be on your computer (Teams)!
In this episode, we speak with Galen Keen and James Higgs, the team leads at Graniterock,  about their recent implementation of a new phone system utilizing Microsoft Teams cloud-based software. They share the details of how this new system will work for the company, including how it will affect certain positions such as weighmasters and dispatchers. Galen and James explain how Microsoft Teams will allow Graniterock to streamline communication across their various locations, enabling employees to connect with each other and with customers more easily and efficiently. They describe the benefits of the cloud-based software, which includes a range of features like video and voice calls, instant messaging, and file sharing.The conversation also delves into the specific ways in which this new phone system will impact different roles within the company. For example, the team explains how weighmasters will be able to use Teams to communicate with truck drivers and schedule deliveries in real-time, improving efficiency and accuracy. Dispatchers will also benefit from the new system, as they can more easily coordinate with drivers and ensure that materials and services are delivered on schedule. Overall, Galen and James provide valuable insights into the ways in which technology is transforming the construction industry, and how companies like Graniterock are leveraging these tools to improve their operations and better serve their customers. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the intersection of technology and construction. Onsite training to follow.
Graniterock's IT department keeping Team Members cyber safe at work and home.
Dec 22 2022
Graniterock's IT department keeping Team Members cyber safe at work and home.
Introduction:Welcome to the podcast where we explore the innovative work being done in the tech industry. In today's episode, we're excited to have James Higgs and Ramero Garcia, security leaders in the IT department at Graniterock, join us to discuss the efforts they've made to keep their employees safe at work and at home.Segment 1: Introduction to Graniterock and the IT departmentGraniterock is a leading construction and building materials company with a focus on sustainability and innovation.The IT department plays a crucial role in supporting the various business operations and ensuring the smooth functioning of technology systems.James and Ramero discuss their roles at Graniterock and the challenges and opportunities they face in their work.Segment 2: Protecting employees at workGraniterock has implemented several measures to keep their employees safe at work during the COVID-19 pandemic.These measures include providing personal protective equipment, implementing social distancing guidelines, and regularly sanitizing workspaces.James and Ramero discuss the challenges of implementing these measures and the importance of prioritizing employee safety.Segment 3: Protecting employees at homeIn addition to keeping employees safe at work, the IT department has also taken steps to ensure the security and well-being of employees while they work from home.These measures include providing virtual training sessions, setting up secure remote access to company systems, and offering technical support to employees as needed.James and Ramero discuss the importance of supporting employees while they work remotely and the challenges of maintaining security in a remote work environment.Conclusion:We'd like to thank James and Ramero for joining us today and sharing their insights on the work the IT department at Graniterock is doing to keep their employees safe at work and at home. Their dedication to employee safety is a testament to the company's commitment to innovation and sustainability. We hope you've enjoyed this episode and stay tuned for more exciting discussions with industry leaders in the tech field.