Construction: Canyon Rock buys Cazedero quarry, concrete plant

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.

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