Southern California Grading was founded in 1969

by Bob Cutler and Bob Kehrer—two friends with extensive hands-on engineering and earthwork experience.

In our early days, when Orange County was just starting to grow, we forged strong relationships with developers like the Irvine Company. Successful projects ranging from commercial ventures to developing new roads made Southern California Grading essential to bringing people and businesses to Irvine. These efforts began decades-long relationships with our clients and peers in the construction community.


Based in Irvine, California, Southern California Grading is still family-owned, and we pride ourselves on the core values of teamwork and mutual respect. Over the years, we have developed strong relationships with many clients and devoted employees. Some have been with us for over 25 years.

Southern California Grading at a Glance

  • $25 million in annual revenues
  • Bondable and insured with an A+ rating
  • Banks with one of the largest U.S. financial institutions
  • Owns and rents its own fleet of heavy equipment
  • Diverse market expertise

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  • California Contractors License #275738
    • A-General Engineering Contractor, C12-Earthwork and Paving Contractors
  • California DIR #1000002461
  • Strict safety procedures for employees that result in a better EMR than the 1.0 industry average
  • 12 office staff and a field crew of 50-100 at any given time
  • Average employee tenure of more than 10 years
  • Over 90% of work comes from repeat clients
  • Strong vendor relationships
  • Active industry leader in the Associated General Contractors of America and Orange County
  • Minimizes environmental impact on projects with the latest technologies

Our core principles of integrity, respect, responsibility and hard work have made us a premier provider of grading and construction services since 1969. We enjoy the challenge of navigating the ups and downs of our industry by focusing on client needs and adapting to industry advancements.

From our people to our projects, Southern California Grading is grounded in a history of excellence.

Today, Southern California Grading has a long history of successful projects throughout California. We’re proud of our reputation as a company that reliably provides a firm foundation for even the most complex building projects. Our experienced employees, technologically advanced equipment, and proven procedures provide assurance that the project will be completed on-schedule, within budget and done right, the first time.

Our Services

For our Communities

We minimize environmental impact with the latest technologies.

For Our Employees

We work together to provide a safe workplace within a family-oriented environment that fosters open communication, career opportunities and financial rewards.

For Our Clients

We provide accurate budgeting, competitive bidding, demolition, and grading for a complete project. We exercise versatility, dependability, and excellent communication while proactively complying with industry standards.

Core Values

These values are what guide our company’s actions and can not be compromised, either for convenience or for short-term economic gain.

We meet or exceed expectations in everything we do.


We work to prevent damage or harm to people and property.


We work together to achieve our common goals.


We listen and seek to understand the opinions of others.


We do the right thing even when no one else is looking.


We meet or exceed expectations in everything we do.


We take ownership for our behavior and the decisions we make without excuses or blame.

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