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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.

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.

02 Feb


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Turlock irrigation gets bolstered

February 2, 2015 | By | No Comments

This picture is of RSP (rock slope protection) being placed on the slope of the new regulating reservoir being constructed for TID (Turlock Irrigation District).  The reservoir will help regulate/maximize water delivery efficiencies of laterals 7 and 8.

This is the second phase of larger project that was started late last year.  The project is located in Hilmar on the south east side of town and is slated to be completed before the 2015 irrigation season begins.

16 Jan


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New Arrival at George Reed

January 16, 2015 | By | No Comments

George Reed’s Jackson Valley Quarry recently received a special delivery. It is a new CAT 349F Excavator with a rock breaker attachment. This will enable it to produce more rip rap materials and better help meet our customer needs.

Please contact our Aggregate Sales Representative, Kathleen Williams at 209-202-8024 for all questions regarding pricing and availability on all rip rap and aggregate products.

21 Nov


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Grace under pressure for Munn & Perkins

November 21, 2014 | By | No Comments

 MSHA Inspection at M&P

Yesterday morning Munn & Perkins Plant was having a rough start to the day due to reasons beyond their control.  On top of that, things got more complicated when an inspector from MSHA showed up.  In the midst of off all the chaos the plant personnel continued moving forward and received a clean inspection.  This is the third NO CITATION inspection in a row for the folks at Munn & Perkins.  Their efforts to maintain a safe work environment are very commendable and they have achieved another brilliant inspection.

Keep up the excellent work!

Matt Smylie
Safety Coordinator

02 Sep


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George Reed partners with FHWA to demonstrate ‘safety edge’ on pavements

September 2, 2014 | By | No Comments

CalAPA member George Reed Inc. partnered with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and local agencies to conduct a demonstration last week of a “safety edge” pavement treatment.

The Aug. 28 paving demonstration near Sonora in Tuolumne County was attended by more than 30 industry and agency personnel who wanted to get an up-close look at the paving equipment and technique that creates a 30-degree angled edge to pavement shoulders.

The FHWA, as part of its “Every Day Counts” safety and efficiency

Observers watch a ‘safety edge’ demonstration last week in Tuolumne County.
efforts, are promoting the implementation of the sloped pavement edge at shoulders of rural roads as a safety measure. The agency says the edge can be less jarring for motorists who drift off the road and over-correct, veering into oncoming traffic or off the road.

While no exact figures exist, Ken Kochevar of the FHWA said that perhaps 300 such fatal accidents per year in California are as a result of vehicles leaving the roadway due to abrupt pavement shoulder changes, which are sometimes caused when shoulder backing is eroded.

Last week’s paving demonstration took place on a local road in Tuolume County, and local, state and federal agency personnel participated. For the paving demonstration, the George Reed paving crew had two different attachments bolted on to the paving machine.

For more information on safety edge, click HERE.

20 Aug


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George Reed’s Paving Fleet Goes ‘High Tech’

August 20, 2014 | By | No Comments

George Reed Construction has a new addition to its’ paving fleet. It is a CAT AP1055E paver. This paver is equipped with leading-edge technology that reduces emissions, conserves fuel, automates mix delivery, minimizes tow point movement, and ultimately produces high quality mats. It also has exceptional visibility and comfort offered through duel swingout operating stations, fumes management and quiet operation to ensure the crew continues its productivity throughout the day. This high power machine will continue to provide superior quality workmanship and excellent customer service as is our constant goal here at George Reed Inc.

28 Jul


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Reed rock plants pass surprise inspections

July 28, 2014 | By | No Comments

As you may know we operate 3 Rock Plants that fall under the jurisdiction of the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA). During the year all these plants receive two, unannounced safety inspections from Federal MSHA Inspectors, these inspections are comprehensive and rigorous and can last for days, and nothing is overlooked including the required paperwork. Anyone who has experienced one of these inspections knows how difficult it is not to receive at least one or two citations before it’s over, as a matter of fact, receiving one or two citations is considered a good inspection.

This week we had back to back MSHA inspection, first at the Munn & Perkins Plant and the second at the Table Mountain Plant……….NO CITATION were issued during either inspection!!!!! This is a great accomplishment for all the troops at both plants…….CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Chuck Simpson
Safety Manager
George Reed, Inc

22 Jul


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Out with the Old, In with the New

July 22, 2014 | By | No Comments

George Reed’s Jackson Valley Quarry, located in Ione CA, has recently experience a transformation from a 1964 model Jaw crusher to a new 2014 model. The 1964 Baxter Jaw Crusher has been crushing rock at the forefront of the Jackson Valley site for over 20 years. Thanks to the ingenuity of the world renowned company Metso and through the services of Compass Equipment Inc. we have been able to update our plant with a high quality 2014 model Metso C-140 (55 in x 42 in) Jaw Crusher. With the right tools in place one is able to minimize down time and reduce cost; and with the Metso C-140, that is just the case. Thanks to the integral design of the C-140, we now have the capability of making crushing adjustments in minutes for what used to take hours. The design of special rubber dampers and stoppers allow the crusher to run more quietly and also reduce wear and subsequent damage to the crusher’s structure and foundation. In less than 10 days with the help of GRI’s team of Operators, American Crane, Compass Equipment Inc., Layman Electric, and Metso we were able to transform our 1964 Jaw Crusher into a state of the art 2014 Jaw Crusher.

Blog written by: Cory Turney, GRI Plant Engineer