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16 Jul


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George Reed’s Quality Control Department Does It Again!

July 16, 2015 | By | No Comments

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has once again declared George Reed’s Regional Laboratory, located in Jamestown, California, as an Accredited Laboratory for testing. They reached Accreditation last year and have extended it for another 2 years. Congratulations to our Quality Control Team and thank you for all the hard work in making this happen. This is another fine example of how George Reed continues succeeding in providing our customers with the best quality products available.

08 Jul


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New Arrival at George Reed – I want my MTV!

July 8, 2015 | By | No Comments

George Reed has a new MTV to add to its’ fleet. It is a Material Transport Vehicle which is used in the process of laying asphalt. The material is dumped in front of the machine. The machine then picks up the material and runs it over a series of conveyors, remixing the material prior to being placed in the paver. This process is to alleviate clumping and segregation and distributes the heat throughout the load. Cal Trans is requiring the use of  MTV machine on certain jobs to insure that the material being used meets their specifications. The new MTV was immediately put to work on a Cal Trans Job on Highway 12 near Terminous.

29 Jun


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High praise for George Reed’s work on Highway 89 from a knowledgeable source

June 29, 2015 | By | No Comments

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It’s one thing to derive satisfaction from a pavement job well done, including acceptance and prompt payment from the owner, experiencing the smooth ride on the finished product, and hearing an occasional compliment from a nearby resident or a business-owner. But its entirely something else to pass muster with Roger Smith, who has an exacting eye for detail, is a stickler for quality, and isn’t shy about speaking his mind.

Smith, a former senior materials engineer for Caltrans, the Asphalt Institute and onetime state asphalt pavement association executive, teaches the popular “Asphalt Pavement 101” classes for CalAPA when he isn’t helping out the Pavement Preservation Center at California State University, Chico. in numerous technical presentations and classes over the years, Smith is known for showing photos projects done right. as well as those where outcomes were less than ideal, and why. It’s all about learning from the mistakes of others and striving to deliver the best pavement project possible.

Recently Smith came upon a work being done on Highway 89 by CalAPA member George Reed Inc., and quickly fired off the following note to a couple of the company officials:

“I was in the Sierra last weekend and came across your paving projects on Highway 89 (10-Alp-89) near Highway 88,” Smith wrote. “I just want to compliment George Reed Inc. on what is a very nice paving job … very smooth, nice uniform texture and appearance, and great paving joints. The outside edges are nice clean lines and even the temporary markers are perfect. The whole job shows pride of workmanship. I noticed an MTV (Material Transfer Vehicle, or “shuttle buggy”) on site so I assume it was used for all that work, and contributed to the nice uniform look of the new HMA.”

The team at George Reed was especially pleased to hear the rave reviews on the $3 million project near Markleeville because it went through a major design change just prior to the pavement being placed. Caltrans originally designed the roadway improvements to include 3/4-inch Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA A) for pavement repairs, and a .10′ cap of 1/2-inch RHMA G (Rubberized Asphalt Pavement). As the project was about to get underway, Caltrans decided to change the design to 3/4-inch HMA A for pavement repairs and 1/2-inch HMA A 64-28 PM for the top lift. Even with the changes, once the paving got underway the finished product spoke for itself.

“Taking into consideration the unique geographical location of this project, along with its proximity to George Reed Inc’s Asphalt Plant, things went extraordinarily well,” said George Reed Project Manager Dave Cox. “It’s the effective partnering relationships with Caltrans District 10 engineers and consultants that makes projects like these successful.”

10 Jun


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Wendell Reed to be Grand Marshall

June 10, 2015 | By | No Comments

Wendell Reed to serve as Grand Marshall at this years’ Graffiti Summer classic car parade in Modesto, California and will drive a car from his pristine collection.

21 May


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GR’s Safety is Solid: MSHA Inspections Passed!

May 21, 2015 | By | No Comments

We had two MSHA inspections in the last week, the first being at Munn & Perkins. The inspection began on Thursday, May 7th and concluded on Tuesday, May 12th.  The second was at Table Mountain beginning Wednesday, May 13th and concluding Thursday, May 14th. There were NO Citations issued during either of these inspections. This is a strong testament to the dedication to safety by Ramon Lopez and Frank Rocha and their troops.  This follows the no citation inspection at Jackson Valley Quarry two weeks ago.
This completes all of our MSHA inspections for this fiscal year. Last year, we made tremendous progress in reducing our citation rate at all three Plants resulting in 4 no citation inspections and a total of 4 minor citations for the year. This year we have surpassed last year’s great accomplishment; of the 6 inspection, 5 resulted in no citation inspections and ending the year with only 2 minor citations, of which only one was issued to the plants.

Without the dedication of all the troops at the plants, from management on down, this level of excellence would be unachievable.  It takes everyone working together, communicating, and respect for each other to continue in maintaining this culture of success.  Let’s keep moving forward in creating a better and safer work place.  Congratulations!

19 May


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Brett Case receives VBE Scholarship

May 19, 2015 | By | No Comments

Congratulations to Brett Case, son of George Reed employee Stacy Case. He is a 2015 recipient of one of the Scholarships awarded by the Valley Builder’s Exchange. Recipients are selected based on criteria from categories such as scholastic achievement, construction related career goals and participation in school and community activities. The award was presented by George Reed employee, Delwyn Falk. Brett aspires for a career in the IT field and will be attending Portland State. Way to go Brett!

03 May


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Mariposa County gets an upgrade!

May 3, 2015 | By | No Comments

George Reed Inc. was contracted by Mariposa County to provide emergency access throughout county maintained gravel roads. These roads were re-shaped, graded, and compacted with our grading operations. GRI then paved with our CAT Asphalt Paver-1055E track paver. We paved full width to a maximum of 20’ to achieve a smooth safe access for fire emergency vehicles in rural foothills where potential wild fires can cross ridges and leave no access for firefighting equipment.  The pictures here show George Reed’s capability to pave full width rural steep windy hillside roads. GRI has the right equipment, resources, and  knowledgeable people to get difficult jobs like these done under budget and on time.

30 Apr


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GR wins award for Galt Roundabout

April 30, 2015 | By | No Comments

The 2015 Construction Management Project Award winners have been announced. In the Transportation $5 to $15 MM category, the Twin Cities Road Roundabout Project has been announced as the winner. The owner is City of Galt, Psomas is the Construction Manager, Omni-Means is the Engineer and George Reed is the Contractor. The awards will be presented at a banquet at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco on May 21st, 2015. Congratulations to all the winners!

16 Mar


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UOP student Fernandez moves up!

March 16, 2015 | By | No Comments

George Reed would like to Congratulate Jose Fernandez. Jose has been working as a Quality Control technician since June of 2013. Jose will be transferring to our Construction Division as a Project Engineer Intern working under the direction of Ron Smith. Jose is currently an Engineering Student at UOP in Stockton on track to graduate in a year and a half. Congratulations to you Jose on the job change and we applaud you on the advancement on your career path.

13 Mar


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Turlock intersection upgrade in progress

March 13, 2015 | By | No Comments

The project is an intersection signalization.  GRI is a sub-contractor to St Francis Electric.  GRI is performing ADA upgrades and reconfiguration of Pedestrian Ramps, Reconfiguration of a median island to Turn E Zeering Rd into a one way street.  Additionally the relocation of a fire Hydrant and repair of ponding areas in the left turn pocket on west bound Christoffersen Pkwy.  GRI portion of work will be complete this week with total project completion in about 2 weeks.