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Posted - Sep. 28, 2011 at 12:25 p.m.

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This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.

Did you know that in 2010, there were 373 natural disasters? These affected over 200 million people and cost billions in relief dollars from countries all over the world, including the United States.

Don Bermant (burr-mant) saw the damage caused by fire, floods, mining and drilling. He felt it was the perfect opportunity to get involved in the land reclamation (reh-clah-may-shun) business. He started his Lehi green business Granite Seed and Erosion Control in 1988.

By 2007, he decided to transition out to Marwit Capital Investment; however, Don remains a solid founder and partner in the business. Where the big jobs come from is government contracts, which make up a substantial portion of this successful reclamation business.

Arizona recently had the largest wildfire in the history of the state, burning three quarters of a million acres of public land. Granite Seed arrived on the job site with four million pounds of seed that needed to be planted in a ten-day period. You have to get it into the ground as soon as possible because of erosion.

This is a really technical business with a highly educated plant biologist working with 500 species of the best quality of seeds money can buy. They also do jobs with local ranchers to help them improve their habitat.

Granite Seed and Erosion has to get the right recipe for the plant and seed indigenous to any given area. They are the largest reclamation business in Utah and one of the three largest in the U.S.

Hey all you gardeners, listen up. The word is out on how good these guys are, and the homeowners in Utah want some of this mix of professional high-quality seed. Rob Wendell, CEO of Granite Seed and Erosion, understands the next business move and has launched This is for homeowners like me to check out some wonderful quality seed hard to get anywhere else. That's

For Zions Bank, I'm Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.

Granite Seed and Erosion Control 1697 W. 2100 North Lehi, UT 84043 801-768-4422


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