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06 Apr


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GRI and the Coronavirus

April 6, 2020 | By | No Comments

George Reed, Inc is taking several steps to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, while keeping our commitment to protect the health and safety of our customers and our employees. 

We take this obligation very seriously.

We remain open for business at this time with a special focus on our critical mission of maintaining a safe workplace for all we encounter during the course of our work. We ask that our customers respect the safe space that we are all working under for your safety and for our most important asset, our employees.

There are no plans to stop, or suspend construction because of this health crisis at this time. Workers who support the construction of critical, or strategic infrastructure are considered essential by the Department of Homeland Security and have a special responsibility to maintain a normal work schedule. With our partners in industry, we will strive to keep all your projects on schedule.

Throughout this crisis, George Reed, Inc remains in constant contact with all our government agencies and our associations which have been essential during this time.

As public awareness is key during the spread of this coronavirus, we have also begun sharing safety information with all our customers and will continue to partner with our customers to make sure their employees are safe and our employees can do their job with safe distancing.

We will continue to ask all our business partners and our employees to follow commonsense guidelines of maintaining 6 foot distant, washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough and staying home when you’re sick. We will continue to add information as it changes for any information please use

George Reed, Inc is an essential business in the construction industry. With that distinction comes a huge responsibility that our company is prepared to meet while making sure we do our jobs safely for all our customers, and all George Reed, Inc employees.



06 Jun


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75 years ago today…

June 6, 2019 | By | No Comments

Today, 75 years ago, Allied forces hit the beaches of Normandy to begin the liberation of Europe in the greatest amphibious assault in history. 

Today is also the day we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of George Reed, Inc. for it was on this day, the 6th of June, 1944 that my Grandmother Rose, doing the books of the newly established company, deposited the very first payment for road oiling that my Grandfather, George Reed had done that summer so long ago. The 1st ledger entry in Rose’s exquisite cursive penmanship was an entry for $2,463.71 in cash from Pacific Packing Company, grandfather’s first job in their newly formed business. It was for oiling Pacific’s packing yard with a cutter asphalt oil. There are other entries during the same week of $58.25  from a Mr. J. M. Duffy, $63.39 from Mrs Irma Dooley, $29.52 from Mr. G. O. Hollingsworth, and $63.80 from G. R. Trent, for farm roads in the Modesto vicinity. 4 days later payment check  #1 was cut to A. M. Hedgecock for $150.00 with the notation “grader work” and another to Frank Oldham for $41.20 for hauling a roller and Standard Oil Company for the weekly oil bill of $583.53. Old Modesto names of John Beard, N. Sciabica, and C B Rumble were among George and Rose’s  first clients. Check #22 was to George’s older brother C. E. Reed for $510.00 for the monthly rental of an old Fageol oil spreader truck. Each week Grandmother would cut a check to Standard Oil Company for the oil and another check to Hedgecock for the week’s grading. Grandfather had suggested that Hedgecock and he become partners but Hedgecock turned him down and just wanted to be paid for work done weekly. It was not long after this that Grandfather was turned in to the State Contractors Board for not having a license by a competitor, Standard Materials. The Board agent visited Grandfather whereupon the agent gave him an application and a book to study to take the test. Shortly thereafter Grandfather, at age 46 with only a 6th grade education, had his license. 

That first year George and Rose grossed $18,650.71 and netted $4,020.15 while taking a salary of $1,481.72. Today we honor their sacrifice and memory and the start of our Companies and also the thousands of employees and families who have helped build and nurture, through good times and bad, this enterprise forward in building a better future. Thank you.

30 Jul


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Nic Villarreal retires from George Reed Inc.

July 30, 2018 | By | No Comments

The staff at George Reed Modesto had a luncheon today to say “happy retirement” to Nic Villarreal. Nic has worked for George Reed for 11 years and performed a vital role in maintaining the mobile fleet. On behave of Brett Durfey, Ed Berlier, Margaret Reed and the rest of the George Reed staff, we would like to thank Nic for his years of service and a job well done. Happy Retirement, Nic.

30 May


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2018 Safety Training Course

May 30, 2018 | By | No Comments

George Reed had the construction division’s annual safety refresher training. Guest speakers included were Randy Tilford of BRI, Ron Kutzman of All Rigging.  Officer Pulido and Officer Olsen of CHP. Randy presented the employees with some insightful environmental hazard training covering emergency spills. Ron presented the employees with in-depth rigging knowledge. The CHP officers taught on a very important topic to us and that is distracted driving and how to avoid becoming a victim. The safety department covered the mandatory OSHA topics presented by Matt Smylie.

24 Apr


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George Reed ranks as ‘Best Place to Work’ 2018

April 24, 2018 | By | No Comments

Rankings Released for Best Places to Work: Central Valley

April 9, 2018 (Modesto) —Central Valley organizations with a strong workplace environment were recognized on Thursday, April 19 at the Ceres Community Center. In front of a crowd of elite local businesses, the companies receiving the award for Best Places to Work: Central Valley were named.

The complete list of recipients is as follows:
J.S. West & Companies
Community Hospice
DeHart Plumbing Heating and Air
Grimbleby Coleman CPAs
Huff Construction Company, Inc.
George Reed, Inc.
PMZ Real Estate
Prime Shine Car Wash
O’Dell Engineering

Best Places to Work: Central Valley is in its second year of program participation and expects double digit growth for the 2019 program, which will begin in October.“The organizations selected for this designation are leaders in their field without exception,” said David White, Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity Stanislaus. “Their cultures and emphasis on employee satisfaction are evident in their employee response and evidence shows prospective employees will look favorably on these rankings as they search for their next position.”
All companies that participated in the 2018 Best Places to Work: Central Valley program receive an in-depth evaluation identifying strengths and weaknesses according to their employees. In turn, this report can be used in developing or enhancing employee retention and recruitment programs.

Best Places to Work: Central Valley is brought to you by Opportunity Stanislaus, Prime Shine Car Wash, and the Modesto Chamber of Commerce. For more information on Best Places to Work: Central Valley visit

08 Dec



Sean Harrigan joins George Reed

December 8, 2017 | By | 2 Comments

It is my pleasure to announce that Sean Harrigan has joined our team in the role of Senior Regional Sales Representative.

He has been in the construction business for 29 years more specifically the HMA business. He has spent the last 23 working for Vulcan Materials Company with many responsibilities ranging from plant operator, plant repair, operations management, project management for 4 asphalt plant installations and most recently sales management in the Sacramento market.

Sean is married to Holly and together they have six children, Chelsie 28, Zach 26, Clayton 25, Jake 24, Colin 21 and Coleman 20. They also have five grandchildren that they really enjoy.

In his younger years Sean played a lot of baseball during his tenure at Oxnard College then on to UC Santa Barbara, go Gaucho’s! That drive and competitive spirit enabled him to succeed athletically and professionally. He has a desire to win and compete which are great attributes for successful sales people. We are excited to have him on our team.

When Sean isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and playing golf whenever he can.

Sean’s office will be located at the Clements and can be reached on his cell phone at 209-265-6074 or sean.harrigan@

Please join me in welcoming Sean to our team

27 Nov


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Employee Appreciation Luncheon 2017

November 27, 2017 | By | No Comments

George Reed management team hosted their annual appreciation lunch today. The lunch was served to all employees to commemorate the close of another successful season. Construction manager Ron Smith thanked everyone for their hard work. Margaret Reed also spoke, thanking the team for their dedication and service.

26 May


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Bottom of the Ninth for Simpson

May 26, 2017 | By | No Comments

The staff at George Reed surprised retiring Safety Manager, Chuck Simpson with a baseball themed retirement party on Thursday. Chuck, an avid Boston Red Sox fan, was totally unaware of the party that awaited him. Complete with a scoreboard and concession stand, hot dogs and hamburgers were the main course.

Chuck joined George Reed in April of 2013 and has been played a key role in developing the safety program into what it is today. He has also worked as an advisor to our sister companies as well, sharing the many years of experience in the safety field.

We thank Chuck for his years of service and wish him all the best in his new retirement!


16 May


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BRI Icon passes away at 69

May 16, 2017 | By | No Comments

John Arthur Shoden, 69, of Modesto passed away last Wednesday morning in his home unexpectantly of natural causes. For the past 45 years, he had worked for Basic Resources, Inc., and the Reed Family. He was Vice President, Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer for over the past twenty years having started as an accounting clerk at their George Reed Company in 1969. He was President of Aggregates Inc. and Secretary/Treasurer of Reed International and 7-11 Materials.

John was born in Virginia, Minnesota on September 24th,1947 to John and Jane (Hendrickson) Shoden. He grew up in Virginia, MN with his parents, four sisters and four brothers and attended Virginia High School and later Indiana Business College. He migrated out to California at the age of 19 to complete his education. He worked as a short order cook for a brief time where he fell in love with cooking. He was first exposed to the construction industry as an accounting clerk for Holt Bros, the Caterpillar Dealer in Stockton, CA. He joined George Reed and Basic Resources in 1972 and was their oldest employee in longevity.

John was an incredible gardener who kept an immaculate yard with ponds and waterfalls he built himself. He raised vegetables and was very proud of his summer tomatoes and zucchini that made their way into all his Bar-B-Ques. He was an incredible cook and BBQ Master Chef but it was always a late-night affair with his first course no earlier than 9 pm and the final course sometimes after midnight. It was an honor to join him for a home dinner but it took stamina to keep up.

John was an avid boater and water-skier and was on his fourth boat having worn out three before. No one put more hours yearly in boating and water-skiing. Every weekend he and lucky friends would be out in the Delta or local reservoirs. He was still single skiing and had just been prepping his boat to be on the Delta the weekend past. He was a photographer and loved to share his Delta photos and others that he took.

He was passionate about wine. From a beginning introduction to white wines and waterskiing 45 years ago he had migrated to a sommelier’s palate for aged reds, particularly California Zinfandels. His home wine tastings were the stuff of legend with never a bottle under ten years from his own impressive wine cellar. He relished confusing guests in blind tastings.

John recently took up backyard beekeeping with the same obsession he had in all endeavors and loved to share his bottled honey with friends.

Every July/August he would either fly or marathon drive back to Virginia, MN for vacation to be with his mother and family he loved so much.

John Arthur Shoden was preceded in death by his father, John Shoden of Virginia, MN and his brother Richard Shoden of Oakland, CA., Paul Sleeman, brother -in-law of Virginia, MN, Arthur and Mabel Hendrickson (maternal grandparents) and John and Wilma Kovero (paternal grandparents) also of Virginia, MN. He is survived by his mother Jane Shoden, his brothers Ron Shoden (Sandi), Steve Shoden and Darrell Shoden, sisters Diane Carlson (Dan); Pat Sleeman; Cheryl Aluni (Craig); and Debbie Carpenter (Terry); all from Virginia, MN., along with fifteen nieces and nephews and twenty-three great nieces and nephews.

Visitation and Eulogy will take place Thursday May 18th, 2017 at Franklin and Downs Funeral Home, 1050 McHenry Avenue, Modesto, CA 4-6pm with a reception following. Funeral will be private with family in Virginia, MN.

In lieu of flowers, remembrance contributions would be appreciated to:

Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Project

Virginia Community Foundation; 519 Chestnut Street, Virginia, MN 55792

11 Mar



Construction Zone Flagger Training Class

March 11, 2017 | By | 3 Comments

The construction flagger is the first person that you encounter on a roadway jobsite and is often thought of as a “kick back” job. In actuality it is one of the most important and difficult positions on the jobsite. A flagger has a vital role in helping to protect their co-workers as well as the traveling public from the dangers and hazards that are present in highway and road construction projects.

George Reed employees recently participated in classes and are now certified flaggers for the upcoming construction season. We are looking forward to another busy and successful year. We are confident that our flaggers will keep our workers safe as well as the motorists they happen to encounter. Please feel free to wave at the flaggers as you pass through our jobsites and remember that they are there for the safety everyone.