Granite Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Granite celebrated its centennial on Jan. 4. Founded 100 years ago in Watsonville, Calif., Granite has grown into one of our nation’s largest civil infrastructure contractors and construction materials producers. Granite works in multiple end-markets from Guam to Alaska to Florida and many points in between. Granite President and CEO Kyle Larkin wrote the following open letter to mark this occasion:

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Deere Celebrates 50 Years of Backhoe Loaders

John Deere is celebrating 50 years of backhoe loaders, a history of innovation and excellence that first started with the introduction of the JD310 model in 1971. Today, the 310L, the latest generation of the original model, remains a cornerstone within the John Deere backhoe lineup as a result of the continuous improvement to the design and efficient performance.

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Continental Celebrates 150 Year Anniversary

Continental, one of the largest tire and automotive technology suppliers in the world, is celebrating its 150th year in business in 2021. The company was founded in Hanover, Germany, in 1871. Over the next 15 decades, Continental transformed from a local manufacturer of tires and soft rubber products to an international technology company.

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100 Years of the Mellott Company

Nov. 18, 2020 – In 2016, I had the privilege of traveling to Warfordsburg, Pa., to tour the Mellott Company facility. I wrote a feature story that appeared in Rock Products based on that experience. One thing was certain during my visit there with Paul Mellott Jr., Brian Mellott and Herman Mellott – this is one of the aggregates industry’s best companies. That history of excellence…

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Force Control Celebrates 50 Years

Force Control Industries is celebrating 50 years of manufacturing long-lasting oil shear clutches, brakes and clutch brakes. Although industries and applications have come and gone in the five decades that the company has been in business, they continue to develop new uses for their unique oil shear technology. All Force Control products are manufactured in their Fairfield, Ohio (suburban Cincinnati)…

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Happy 40th Anniversary

Nov. 29, 2018 – I am blogging live this week from South Carolina, where I met with representatives from Polydeck Corp. to talk turkey, industry issues and the company’s 40th anniversary. What began in 1959 in Johannesburg, South Africa, is today a thriving family-owned business with a leading industry image and a unique timeline of growth and revolutionary thinking. Thanks to Dennis Zeiger for…

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