Diamond T Natural Resources, LLC, an affiliate of Forestville-based rock, gravel and concrete supplier Canyon Rock, Inc., on Jan. 31 acquired the 119.5-acre aggregate rock quarry and concrete plant at 600 Austin Creek Rd. in the western Sonoma County community of Cazadero from Bohan & Canelis Austin Creek Ready Mix, Inc., for $2.51 million, according to public records.
Wells Fargo and U.S. Small Business Administration financing conduit TMC Financing provided the 504 program loan involved in the purchase.
[caption id="attachment_89155" align="alignleft" width="320"] Canyon Rock bought Bohan & Canelis' Cazadero quarry and concrete[/caption]
The sale didn't include the Austin Creek Materials concrete plant the Canelis family opened several years ago near Charles M. Schulz--Sonoma County Airport. Jim Bohan and Theseus Canelis started the Cazadero quarry in 1946.
Canyon Rock, which operates an eponymous aggregate quarry and River Ready Mix for concrete, plans to keep operations at the Cazadero quarry and plant similar to before but "low key for right now," according to Wendell Trappe, part of the family that purchased the Canyon Rock quarry in 1972. The Trappes started River Ready Mix in 1975.
"It will be a little better for our concrete deliveries to the coast to have a plant close by," he said.
Canyon Rock closed the Cazadero plant Feb. 1 to dispose of old equipment and modernize the facility, Mr. Trappe said. It is set to reopen with four employees on April 1.
The Cazadero property became available for sale last year, Mr. Trappe said.
That quarry became the target of a county of Sonoma enforcement action in 2010 about whether gravel removed from two lower Russian River beaches was illegal mining under county rules or allowed maintenance.
Mr. Trappe said he didn't think that action was involved in the sale of the Cazadero property. The Canelis family could not be reached for comment.***
Residential design-builder Fairweather & Associates is expanding its shop at the former Hosokawa-Bepex complex on Todd Road southwest of Santa Rosa again.
[caption id="attachment_89156" align="alignleft" width="315"] Simon Fairweather expanded Fairweather & Associates sixfold to this southwest Santa Rosa warehouse in 2011.[/caption]
Earlier this year, the company leased another 10,000 square feet of industrial space, now occupying 22,000 square feet in 160 and 170 Todd Rd., according to owner Simon Fairweather. Last year, the company leased the 3,800-square-foot former plant engineering offices for Fairweather & Associates' headquarters.
The company employs 25 and has been looking for up to a half-dozen journeyman carpenters and crew foremen.
The builder made a sixfold expansion to the current Santa Rosa location in late 2011. The goal at that time was to have more room for prefabrication of systems used in constructing homes and for a venture in using reclaimed wood and other building materials for furniture and finishes.
Mr. Fairweather is keeping mum for the moment on what's behind the latest expansion, saying only that it's a new business venture.***
Another of the second generation of the founders of Brelje & Race Laboratories, Inc., is at the helm of the Santa Rosa-based water and wastewater testing center.
[caption id="attachment_89157" align="alignright" width="202"] Hal Race[/caption]
Harold "Hal" Race, son of co-founder William "Ben" Race, took over as general manager in November, when Ann Hill, daughter of co-founder Walter Brelje, retired after three decades there. Both had worked as assistant lab technicians before going to college. Ms. Hill returned immediately, while Hal Race came back after 44 years.