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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.

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.

12 Aug


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GR receives award for Placerville Project

August 12, 2016 | By | No Comments

George Reed has received the American Public Works Associations (APWA) Historical Restoration & Preservation award for the “Placerville Main Street Rehab Phase 2 Project”.

The project included a variety of infrastructure improvements including underground utility systems, ADA compliance, asphalt repairs and overlay, sidewalk replacement and landscape features.

Project conditions where difficult due to the downtown location.  Accommodating the pedestrians and maintaining accessibility for the local businesses was a must.  George Reed worked nights, to accommodate everyone involved.

Working in an old downtown area like Placerville has many challenges and unforeseen conditions.  George Reed was able to keep the project on schedule and in budget, and provide cost saving methods that allowed the addition of four decorative cross walks.

05 Aug


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Gone Fishin’

August 5, 2016 | By | No Comments

The GRI crew left from Berkeley Marina on July 16th and booked a fishing trip with We chartered a total of three boats, one for salmon and two for bottom fishing (Rock Fish, Ling Cod and Cabazone). There were about 48 George Reed Inc. employees. As you can see from the photos, a good time was had by all!

10 Jun


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New GRI team member Keith Jones

June 10, 2016 | By | No Comments

It is our pleasure to announce that Keith Jones has joined our organization in the role of Private Works Manager. Keith has been in the construction industry for 20 years. He attended Chico State where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management.

After graduation he started his career with DSS as an estimator, and moved to the field as a superintendent.  He also spent time at Teichert Construction as an estimator and project manager.  He comes to us most recently from Goodfellow Top Grade Construction, where he spent the last 3 years as an Senior Estimator bidding private works projects. Keith is very excited to join the team and help expand George Reeds private works market.

Outside of work Keith enjoys spending time with his wife Kristy, and his two son’s Kole and Kayson.  The boys are very active in Baseball, Rugby & Soccer and therefore the family spends a lot of time at the boys sporting events. In their free time they like getting out on the lake.

Keith will be located at our George Reed Office and can be reached on his cell phone at 209-321-1503 or his desk phone at 209-557-3129.

Please join in welcoming Keith to our team.