VAN'S PAVING has been in business sinces 1958. Left to right are Mona Warren, Mike Warren, Shawn Warren, and Boycie Vanderlinden. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

VAN'S PAVING has been in business sinces 1958. Left to right are Mona Warren, Mike Warren, Shawn Warren, and Boycie Vanderlinden. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Secrets of Success 2011

Van’s Paving & Grading starts its 54th year

By From page D7 | January 06, 2012

While its business is to help you make changes, the owners of Van’s Paving and Grading Inc. are excited that their business has not.

After 53 years of service, the Placerville company is still trucking, providing custom driveway designs to meet their customers’ needs.

“In 2012, we will be starting our 54th year,” owner Mike Warren said. “We provide the customer with a quality product at a fair price, and good customer service.”

With a solid group of local workers, Van’s Paving and Grading specializes in custom asphalt driveways. Projects include working on streets, parking lots, road repairs for homeowners associations and seal coating. Whether it’s for new or existing roads, residential or commercial, the company continues to find projects to improve the community.

“We have a good crew,” Warren said. “Some of our employees have been with the company for many years. We try to meet the customer’s needs and quality is always our goal.”

The company also focuses on earth work on property, including land clearing, excavation, house pads, trenching, underground utilities and septic systems.

Normally, this time of year would see such work struggle. But even as winter sets in this year, the company continues to work on projects around the area.

“Our business is seasonal and weather dependent,” Warren said. “So we are lucky to still be working this year. Some years it is already too wet.”

The company appreciates the work, and continues to look for clients needing help. Its flexibility and eagerness to please customers keeps the business successful, even in hard times.

“We are very fortunate to have work the last few years in this weak economy,” Warren said. “I have really had to work at finding work, but I think our quality of work, word of mouth and longevity has helped us out.”

Recent changes in regulations have made things tougher, but the historical company continuously finds ways to persevere.

“The state is crippling us and many other companies with regulations, and I am not sure where that is going to take us,” Warren said. “But we hope to be here in the future providing quality work for many years to come.”

The ability to weather the bad times and ride the good kept the company afloat for over half a century. Established in 1958, the company is a third generation company owned by Mike and Mona Warren. Previously called Van’s and Son Paving, the two joined the company in 1974 and bought it in 1990, continuing a long-standing tradition of excellent work and service.

Now, it’s just looking to make 50-plus years reach 100, hoping the focus on its clients will get it there.

“We try to meet customers’ needs and quality is always our goal,” Warren said.

Patrick Ibarra

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