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through 2015 shows both increase
and recession, with the latter part
of the 20th century a time of great
increase in production that continued through the recession of 2007.
Hamblen is confident of the future
of the company from his 31-year
career at CalPortland.
"We have spent a lot of time
expanding our markets," he said.
"And there is room to offer [products
and services] to the markets we are
already in."
Besides California, CalPortland
operates in Arizona, Nevada, Oregon,
Washington, Alaska and the Canadian
providences of British Columbia
and Alberta.
"We have been able to assemble the
best assets and people of the west
coast," Hamblen said.
Culture and Quality Have Been
Important Since Day One
Along with the facts and figures of
the business, Hamblen and others at
CalPortland stress the importance of
the culture of the company. "Expect
more...we deliver" extends to all areas
of the company, not just products.
"We find good people, keep them challenged and expect to keep them long
term," said Hamblen.
"We still think of ourselves as a
family company," said Summers,
who has 40 years in the business.
"We want people to come here and
use it as a career. I think that's
our uniqueness."
Tina McIntyre, general manager
of specialty products, was in sales
and marketing for Riverside Cement
before it was bought by CalPortland
in 2015.
She was happy to be hired by
CalPortland after the sale, among
other things, she liked the culture.
"It's more like a family rather than
corporate and sterile," she said. "It's
hard to keep that small family atmosphere where everyone feels they
can contribute."
CalPortland has been successful
keeping that feeling and long term
staff, listing the names of several
employees who have worked 30 and 40
years in the anniversary book.  Many
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of those are from families that have
been with the company for two or
three generations, McIntyre said.
Community Relations and
Sustainable Practices are
CalPortland Hallmarks
Included in the corporate culture
is community involvement, emphasis on safety and environmental
awareness.
The company joined the
Environmental Protection Agency's
Energy Star program in 1996, and
CalPortland has earned the Energy
Star Partner of the Year Award
each year from 2005 to 2016. It was
awarded the NSSGA Environmental
Eagle Award in 2004.
In 2003, CalPortland took the next
step and worked with Energy Star to
create a company-wide energy management program that focused on
improving energy efficiency at all
facilities...from the plants to the corporate office. It also took advantage
of the California desert winds and
operates eight, three megawatt wind
turbines at its Mojave Cement Plant,
supplying much of the power needed
to operate the plant. They are among
nearly 4,000 wind turbines located
on and around the property, making
it the second largest onshore wind
energy project in the world.
"We strive to have the idea of the
environment and safety both, to
have the highest standards. If its
right to do, its right to do no matter
what," Hamblen said. "This is how
CalPortland does it, it's an obligation."
A Focus on the Future
Even with good people and expanding markets, CalPortland would
not be successful without quality
products and the willingness to
meet new challenges. The company
offers cement, concrete, aggregates,
asphalt, precast products and construction services.
"Our goal is to provide higher quality and service," Hamblen said. "We
specialize in high strength specialty
projects. We want you to come to us
with what seems impossible and we'll
figure out how to do it."

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"We have
been able
to assemble
the best
assets and
people of the
west coast,"
Hamblen said.
Among other projects CalPortland
is currently working on, Hamblen
mentioned the Alaskan Way Viaduct
replacement tunnel in Seattle.
CalPortland is supplying ready mixed
concrete for the two mile, four lane
tunnel which is expected to open in
August 2017.
"[It is also] providing a location
to handle excavated materials transported by barge at its Mats Mats
Quarry," Bill Larson, vice president of
marketing, said in an email. Soil from
the excavation will be used as fill at
the quarry, as part of a reclamation
project on Mats Mats Bay.
Another was The Grand Pour,
recognized by the Guinness Book
of Records as the largest continuous concrete foundation pour in
history. The project was to create
a foundation 17.6 feet thick, 132
feet wide by 268 feet long for the
Wilshire Grand Center in downtown
Los Angeles. Planning for the project
started in 2012 and the actual pour
was February 2014. The Grand Pour
used 21,200 cubic yards of cement
and took 18 hours, and 208 trucks
delivered the concrete from eight
production centers, according to the
Guinness world Records website.
The company has a long history
and Hamblen looks for it to continue.
His hope is that in 125 years from
now, people will still be relying on
CalPortland quality products.
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Regulations on the Horizon
Changes Ahead for MSHA in 2017
Legislative Look Ahead: The Impact of the 2016 Elections on Aggregates
New Conferences Begin in 2017
Rocks Build America – Yesterday and Today
Calportland Celebrates 125 Years of Service
Rip & Share
NSSGA@work
2017 Product Preview Section
Products & Services Guide
Index of Advertisers
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - January/February 2017 - Regulations on the Horizon
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - January/February 2017 - Changes Ahead for MSHA in 2017
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - January/February 2017 - Legislative Look Ahead: The Impact of the 2016 Elections on Aggregates
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - January/February 2017 - New Conferences Begin in 2017
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - January/February 2017 - Rocks Build America – Yesterday and Today
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - January/February 2017 - Calportland Celebrates 125 Years of Service
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - January/February 2017 - 2017 Product Preview Section
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - January/February 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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