From the beginning, George Reed, Inc.’s founder placed special value on long-term relationships with customers.
The idea is still at the heart of our business philosophy today, resulting in a long list of repeat customers including local, state, and federal government agencies, special districts, industrial manufacturing plants, and developers of subdivisions and shopping centers.
For more than sixty years, George Reed, Inc. has been an integral part of the Central Valley.
Below are a few of our milestones:
Wendell Reed is a graduate from University of California – Berkeley with a degree in civil engineering.
He went to work for the Corps of Engineers in San Francisco for two years when he graduated from UC – Berkeley. While he was there he was responsible for the asphalt paving and materials specifications for the military installation projects at Castle Field – California, Dugway Proving Ground – Utah and Hickam Field – Hawaii.
Starting in 1944 when the business began, he worked summers for George Reed, Inc. on the back of the oil truck pulling levers while his father drove the oil truck.
When he left the Corp of Engineers in 1953, he was given a shovel and was told once you have mastered that piece of equipment you can have a rake. He had a rake within two weeks. The total sales for that year were $275,000 and we will be ending this year with sales over $300,000,000.
He is the Chairman of the Board of Basic Resources, Inc. His progressive approach has been to acquire businesses to compliment the overall Basic Resources philosophy for growth within the industry.
Philosophy for Growth – ”Everyday we try all the doors and if one is open we go through it.
Guiding Principle – ”There is nothing we are doing today that we can´t do better tomorrow. ”
He is an active participant in the industry and the community. In 1982 he was the President of Associated General Contractors of California. He is a Life Director of National Associated General Contractors, Chairman of the Salvation Army and a member of the Modesto Symphony, Modesto Rotary and Old Fisherman´s Club.
He is an avid collector of rare and vintage vehicles. He currently has collected 20 vintage vehicles ranging from Rolls-Royce to Mercedes with several Allards.
George Reed and wife, Rose, begin paving driveways in the greater Stanislaus County area. This husband and wife business later became George Reed, Inc.
George Reed, Inc. performs construction projects from Merced to Sacramento and from the Central Valley to the summits of the Sierra.
Wendell Reed joins George Reed, Inc. on a full-time basis with his father George.
Third and fourth generations of the Reed family continue the company philosophy.
Beerman & Jones Company is acquired along with Tuolumne Transit Mix. This is the origin of the Sonora Division.
George Reed, Inc. can supply both raw aggregates such as rock, concrete, and asphalt, as well as bid and build projects.
Neilsen’s Sand and Gravel Company is acquired. This is now known as Tuolumne/Calaveras Transit Mix.
The San Andreas plant is a high volumne computer-controlled batch plant.
Munn & Perkins plant and surrounding ranch lands acquired; key material processing plant provides materials to the public and George Reed’s Modesto Construction Division.
Munn & Perkins, and the Modesto Division tackle large and small roadway reconstruction. Reed’s expertise satisfies even the most demanding client’s specifications.
Claude C. Wood Company is acquired. This is the origin of Reed’s Lodi Division.
Lodi Division performs multi-million dollar public and private contracts. On-going project include the Bradshaw Road Widening in Sacramento.
Blasingame property on J59 near Merced is acquired.
George Reed, Inc. has upgraded the former Blasingame site with new crushing and aggregate producing equipment.
The Merced Division with the newest portable hot plant resurfaces 32 miles of Interstate 5 near Los Banos with Asphalt-Rubber Concrete.
George Reed, Inc. continues its tradition of quality materials and quality construction.