Tuesday, April 26, 2011


As an engineer in the Aggregate and Asphalt industry of California I've seen a lot of changes over the last five years.  One of the biggest changes has been the culture change from making and selling whatever we want to a quality based culture where we can't sell a product if it doesn't meet the right specifications and if we ship poor quality material to a job it is ripped out and returned with a huge reimbursement price tag attached.

It has been a pretty spectacular thing to watch but even now companies across the state are really struggling with the idea of "Quality" and what it means to their bottom line.  What I can tell you for sure is that it means higher costs and higher prices but overall it means better products.  With better products comes fewer returns and longer life out of our roads and structures.  The problem is that we're not all on the same page with quality and it creates a sense of chaos at many companies where they have been doing things in the same way for fifty to one hundred years.  The construction industry is not one to easily change but with new regulations and specifications...those companies will have to shape up or close up because quality is here to stay.

This blog is my attempt to help in educating the construction industry of California to what a quality product really is and how to make their products into something they can sell.  Feel free to comment or add your own expertise, quality control is still changing every day and I'd love to hear from you too!


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