Ric Straus started the company now know as Earthworks Paving Contractors, Inc. in 1977 as Ric's Trucking. At that time Ric owned one four-wheel drive dump truck (named Cornelius) and a few hand tools. Ric and Cornelius did trucking, landscaping and site work with a can do attitude.
In 1982 Ric met Jake Roulstone who introduced him to the heavy construction and asphalt industry. A year later, Ric acquired a broken plate compactor; Ken Turnell repaired the plate and our first paving work began. Inexperienced but ambitious, they quickly learned many of the do's and don'ts of the pavement industry and the fundamentals of good customer service.
As 1985 rolled around, Ric and his wife Stephanie registered the name Earthworks Paving Contractors, Inc. for their company. Gradually they added more equipment, hired employees and developed subcontractor relationships to help handle the increasing demand for their services.
Earthworks' foundation and continued success is based on a strong commitment towards a positive attitude, professionalism, and a genuine concern for friendly and quality customer service.
In addition to the quality service provided to their customers, Earthworks is committed to providing employees with a safe and pleasant working environment and the ability for them to reach their fullest potential. Some of the ways they accomplish this is by providing thorough training, opportunities for professional growth and learning, fair wages, and personal benefits.
Earthworks Paving Contractors, Inc. is a licensed general engineering contractor, bonded and fully insured, located in Capitola, California.