U.S. Concrete's Bi-Coastal Operating Companies, Eastern Concrete Materials and
Central Concrete, Earn NRMCA Green-Star Certification
Program Recognizes Pursuit of Environmental Excellence, Commitment to
Sustainability, and Use of an Effective Environmental Management System
EULESS, Texas, Feb. 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eastern Concrete Materials,
Inc. and Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc., business units of U.S. Concrete,
Inc. (Nasdaq:USCR), today they announced that they have been awarded
Green-Star Certification from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
(NRMCA) for a total of 17 newly certified plants.
Seven plants operated by Eastern Concrete Materials are first in New Jersey,
as well as the New York City area, to receive Green-Star Certification
Eastern Concrete Materials' newly certified plants include three locations in
New Jersey, three in New York City, and a location in West Nyack, New York.
All seven plants earned their certification on January 1, 2014. Eastern
Concrete Materials expects to complete certification for its other active
plants in New York and New Jersey before year-end.
Central Concrete Co. Inc. certifies all its plant operations
On December 16, 2013, Central Concrete was awarded Green-Star Certification
for all ten of its permanent plant locations, all located in the San Francisco
Bay Area. Central Concrete also operates an additional ready-mix plant,
acquired in October 2012 from Bode Concrete, which was the first ready-mix
plant in California to receive the NRMCA Green-Star Certification. That award
was issued on December 23, 2008. As a result, Central Concrete has completed
certification for its entire set of permanent plant operations, totaling 11
NRMCA Green-Star Certification Process
NRMCA's Green-Star Program was developed in collaboration with the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency as an environmental benchmarking and
continuous improvement tool that would recognize companies that commit to
adhere to the industry's principles of environmental compliance and
"Over the years, U.S. Concrete has demonstrated a deep commitment to executing
effective sustainability strategies," said Lionel Lemay, senior vice president
of sustainability for NRMCA. "This Green-Star Certification is further
recognition of their efforts to adopt sound environmental business processes
and tools with the aim of continually improving environmental performance."
Working in conjunction with Resource Management Associates, an environmental
and sustainability consulting firm, Eastern Concrete Materials and Central
Concrete developed and implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS)
based on the classic "plan-do-check-act" model in preparation for the
Green-Star audit. This comprehensive system has several components, including
a commitment to a Program of Continual Improvement, creating a Self-Evaluation
Procedure, clearly articulating its Environmental Policy, and conducting a
thorough Environmental Training Program, based on the new management system.
"It's an outstanding achievement for a company to undertake an EMS for just
one plant — and an even greater accomplishment to earn Green-Star
certification," said Doug Ruhlin, founder, Resource Management Associates.
"What's especially notable about Eastern Concrete Materials and Central
Concrete is that they both accomplished this across multiple plants within a
year from initiating the process."
Eastern Concrete Materials, Inc., a business unit of U.S. Concrete, Inc.
(Nasdaq:USCR), has 17 ready-mix plants in New Jersey and New York and is the
largest, vertically integrated supplier of ready-mix concrete in the Northern
New Jersey-New York City metropolitan area. The company also supplies sand,
stone, and gravel from its three quarries in New Jersey to ready-mix, asphalt,
government and contractor customers in New Jersey and New York. Eastern's
ready-mix product line, built on U.S. Concrete's EF Technology® platform of
more sustainable concrete mix designs, includes a suite of proprietary and
branded products to reduce the initial and lifecycle carbon footprint of
building projects by improving the appearance, productivity and performance of
concrete. The company's portfolio of projects includes the area's tallest
buildings, best-known monuments and largest roadways and bridges. For more
information about Eastern, visit
About Central Concrete
Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc., a business unit of U.S. Concrete, Inc.
(Nasdaq:USCR), has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 60
years. The company is recognized for engineering higher-performing concrete
than traditional concrete while significantly lowering carbon footprints with
its low-CO mixes.
Unlike traditional concrete, Central Concrete's standard mixes deliver 50% or
greater cement replacement materials, thereby significantly reducing the
carbon footprint of the project under construction. Central Concrete is
recognized for supplying its low-CO mixes to numerous San Francisco Bay
Area signature projects, including the Cathedral of Christ the Light Church,
Oakland; California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco (world's greenest
museum); NASA Ames Sustainability Base, Mountain View (greenest federal
building in the U.S.); David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos (largest
net-zero private office building in Calif.); the San Francisco Public
Utilities Commission headquarters (San Francisco's greenest office building);
the new San Francisco 49ers Levi's Stadium; and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay
With 12 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Central Concrete offers
multiple points of service to meet the diverse operational needs of its
customers. For more information, visit www.centralconcrete.com.
About U.S. Concrete
U.S. Concrete services the construction industry in several major markets in
the United States through its two business segments: ready-mixed concrete and
aggregate products. The company has 106 fixed and 10 portable ready-mixed
concrete plants and seven producing aggregates facilities. During 2012, U.S.
Concrete produced approximately 4.8 million cubic yards of ready-mixed
concrete and approximately 3.3 million tons of aggregates. For more
information on U.S. Concrete, visit www.us-concrete.com.
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This press release contains various forward-looking statements and information
that are based on management's belief, as well as assumptions made by and
information currently available to management. These forward-looking
statements speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company
disclaims any obligation to update these statements and cautions you not to
rely unduly on them. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited
to, statements regarding: the stability of the business; ready-mix backlog;
ability to maintain our cost structure and the improvements achieved during
our restructuring; ability to maximize liquidity, monitor fixed costs, manage
variable costs, control capital spending and monitor working capital usage;
and the adequacy of current liquidity. Although U.S. Concrete believes that
the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable,
it can give no assurance that those expectations will prove to have been
correct. Such statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and
assumptions, including, among other matters: general and regional economic
conditions; the level of activity in the construction industry; the ability of
U.S. Concrete to complete acquisitions and to effectively integrate the
operations of acquired companies; development of adequate management
infrastructure; departure of key personnel; access to labor; union disruption;
competitive factors; government regulations; exposure to environmental and
other liabilities; the cyclical and seasonal nature of U.S. Concrete's
business; adverse weather conditions; the availability and pricing of raw
materials; the availability of refinancing alternatives; and general risks
related to the industry and markets in which U.S. Concrete operates. Should
one or more of these risks materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove
incorrect, actual results or outcomes may vary materially from those expected.
These risks, as well as others, are discussed in greater detail in U.S.
Concrete's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including U.S.
Concrete's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and
subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
CONTACT: Company Contacts:
Marketing Communications, U.S. Concrete
O: 817-835-2621/M: 214-724-9664
Marketing and Communications, Central Concrete
O: 831-293-8008/M: 650-400-9673
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