Geneva Rock Products purchased Wilkinson Construction Company, Inc., along with many other assets and real property last week, said Jim Golding, president of Geneva Rock Products since 2010. On Oct. 8, Geneva purchased 37 acres comprising the Peterson asphalt plant, another 203 acres in the county known as the Devils Hollow gravel pit, as well as equipment including loaders, dozers, crushing equipment, mobile asphalt pavement equipment, mobile asphalt preservation and maintenance equipment, and aggregate extraction and processing equipment. Neither side is disclosing the price tag on the asset acquisition, but Golding said the purchase made sense in the companys portfolio. In 1990, Geneva purchased Idea Ready Mix, which included Savage Rock Products with locations in Layton and the mouth of Weber Canyon in South Weber. In 1991, Golding led Genevas efforts to start a construction division in Northern Utah. As we have grown, Wilkinson has become a business we wanted to look at and purchase, said Golding, a South Weber resident. We wanted to expand our construction operations and gravel resources in Northern Utah to compliment what we have been doing for 25 years. Geneva already does business in the county, owning a gravel pit near The Post bar and grill for three years. Geneva has also owned the bar there for the last six months. In that time, Geneva has come to understand the community it does business in and plans to contribute to the community going forward. Geneva donated to Morgan youth involved in the livestock sale at this years annual fair. We donate to the communities we operate in, Golding said. We will continue that and increase those opportunities. Wilkinson Construction, a civil construction entity specializing in aggregate production, road construction and pavement maintenance, got its start in 1947 when it was organized by brothers John Henry Wilkinson, Cole Wilkinson and Bert Wilkinson. Over the years the company took on large projects such as Morgan County road improvement and Hill Air Force Base. The company was most recently operated and managed by John, Dan and Stuart Wilkinson, descendants of the original co-owners. As the owners of Wilkinson Construction Company, we feel that Geneva Rock Products shares a similar legacy of quality construction and commitment to community building that has long since been a standard for our business, said John Wilkinson, president of Wilkinson Construction Company. Geneva got its start in 1954 as a supplier of ready-mix concrete, sand, gravel, asphalt, and construction services. A subsidiary of the Clyde Companies, Geneva now has more than 30 facilities mostly along the Wasatch Front as well as Park City, Helper and Tooele. We are excited to carry on the tradition of quality service and hard work in Northern and Eastern Utah, Golding said. We are one of few companies our size in the state that is privately held and locally owned. Geneva has been buying asphalt from Wilkinson for the past three years, but started transitioning the new ownership last week. Golding said Wilkinson Construction employed 20 and Geneva plans to have six to seven employees on site in Peterson and another five employees on site seasonally at the Morgan location near The Post. Golding said Geneva has labor agreements with unions including Teamsters and Masons. We hope to find as much work as possible to keep as many Wilkinson employees as possible, Golding said. He expects a dozen Wilkinson employees to return from a project in the Uintah Basin next week, and invites them to formally apply through Genevas human resource department for employment. There is a shortage of skilled craft workers in our industry. We welcome all. Neighbors near the Peterson plant are watching the new owners carefully, worried about truck traffic, road wear, noise, smells, smoke, light pollution, dust, and digging too far beneath existing residential homes. Golding said he was unaware of any restrictions on the Peterson asphalt plant when it was originally approved by the county.
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