Mining: A Long Way from Utah

In 68 years of far-ranging enterprise, Utah Construction & Mining Co. has spent hardly any money on advertising or public relations. For good reason. "We don't sell to the ultimate consumer," explains President Edmund W. Littlefield, 54. "We have relatively few customers, and relations with them are handled directly at the executive level."

The ultimate consumer might be surprised to learn that the company is based not in Utah but on San Francis co's California Street. He might also be surprised to know that Utah Construction & Mining helped build the Hoover...