Granville Homes: Deep Roots in the Community
When most think of Granville Homes (Granville), agriculture is not usually the first thought that comes to mind. However, the Assemi family recognizes much of their success and that of the community is due to the agricultural industry. “Without a strong agricultural community, the Central Valley would not be much. Farming is the lifeline of Central California,” Granville CEO Darius Assemi said. The family has deep roots in agriculture; they previously farmed pistachios in Iran.
For 40 years, Granville has forged a strong foundation in Fresno County. The company has developments in nearly every part of Fresno, including a strong presence downtown. They have recently expanded to Shaver Lake with the Sunrock community.
Established in 1977 by the Assemi family, Granville stands by their mission of “Building a better home creates a brighter future for all they serve.” The company has built over 5,700 homes in the Central Valley. They are known for their innovative designs with progressive building techniques. “I love what we do. We are surrounded by a great team that works and plays well together. We have been very blessed by this community. It has been very good to our family and company,” Assemi explained.
The Assemi family’s business has evolved into other areas beyond home building, including: farming, home supply products and distribution, as well as philanthropy. Assemi and his two brothers partner and collaborate in each of their businesses.
The family is dedicated to giving back to the community through the Granville Foundation, Home of Hope and the recently established California Health Sciences University (CHSU). The pharmacy school was established in 2012 and will expand to include the College of Osteopathic Medicine, which is set to break ground in 2018. Assemi acknowledges the establishment of CHSU is due to the Valley’s shortage of physicians and other medical professionals; it creates a direct, local pathway for students to the field of medicine that they otherwise may not have access to.
The employees of Granville have the same work ethic and philanthropic mindset as the Assemi family. The business employs about 70 people who are driven by the company’s mission. “We have an eclectic group of people who are very customer, community and philanthropically oriented,” Assemi said. “Our staff all know that honest work can overcome all issues and obstacles.”
According to Assemi, these are similar qualities that can be found in farmers and ranchers. “Farmers are humble - they work behind-the-scenes to provide employment and food to our Valley and world. Without them, the United States would not have the food security it does, and Granville is very thankful for that. He added, “farmers are the best stewards of the land and environment.”
Granville credits much of their company’s success to the farming community, which is why the company found it important to become a Fresno County Farm Bureau (FCFB) Friends of the Family Farm premium member. “FCFB does great work with policy makers, which helps ensure a strong ag economy. A lot of work goes in behind the scenes to guarantee the survival of a $6 billion industry in Fresno County,” Assemi said.
To learn more about Granville Homes, please visit: www.gvhomes.com.
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