Granite Celebrates 90 Years of Building America
(WATSONVILLE), Calif. (June 1, 2012) – In honor of its 90-year anniversary Granite hosted commemorative events at more than 40 locations nationwide on Friday, June 1, 2012. These events, including the one at its corporate headquarters in Watsonville, California, were held to recognize the impact Granite has made on building infrastructure projects across America for the past nine decades.
"This is an important event for our employees and our company,” said James H. Roberts, Granite president and chief executive officer. “We are honored to be part of such a rich legacy and proud of our teams for the work they do every day to continue to build our future.”
“Our Code of Conduct, established nine decades ago by our founding president Walter J. ‘Pop’ Wilkinson, is the cornerstone of our Core Values and is a central theme of our celebration,” continued Roberts. “Granite’s Core Values fosters trust between our company, our employees and our customers and serve as a guide for how we treat one another. And although Pop’s passing in 1958 marked the end of an era, we remain committed to keeping these values alive for another 90 years.”
Offices nationwide hosted celebrations to recognize employees, and thank customers, community partners and area dignitaries. During these ceremonies, Granite buried time capsules and highlighted the contributions it has made to the communities in which it works.
Since being incorporated in 1922, Granite has grown to become a $2 billion company specializing in building roads, tunnels, bridges, airports and other infrastructure-related projects. Over the company’s 90-year history, it has been involved in constructing some of the nation’s most treasured landmarks including the original road to Yosemite National Park, the California Aqueduct, Highway 101, and more recently Houston’s Rapid Transit Light Rail project and portions of the World Trade Center in New York.
Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Granite is one of the nation’s largest diversified heavy civil contractors and construction materials producers serving public- and private- sector clients nationwide. In addition, Granite has one of the oldest and most robust ethics and compliance programs in the industry and has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for three consecutive years. Granite is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GVA. For more information please visit www.graniteconstruction.com, or view our digital magazine at www.graniteconstruction.com/digitalmagazine.cfm.