SOURCE: U.S. Concrete, Inc.

U.S. Concrete, Inc.

March 25, 2015 06:00 ET

U.S. Concrete Earns NRMCA Green-Star Certifications for New Jersey Ready-Mixed Concrete Plants

Eastern Concrete Materials Recognized for Pursuit of Environmental Excellence, Commitment to Sustainability, and Use of an Effective Environmental Management System

EULESS, TX--(Marketwired - March 25, 2015) - Eastern Concrete Materials, Inc. (Eastern), a business unit of U.S. Concrete, Inc. (NASDAQ: USCR), announced today that four of its ready-mixed concrete production plants have been awarded Green-Star Certification from the National Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA). The plants are located in Howell, N.J., East Newark, N.J., Jersey City, N.J., and Bernardsville, N.J. With these additions, Eastern's total number of NRMCA Green-Star certified plants increases to 11.

Eastern worked in conjunction with Resource Management Associates, an environmental and sustainability consulting firm, to implement 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.

The same Environmental Management Systems were put into place last year at Eastern's Bogota, N.J. plant, which helped them secure an honorable mention in the Commitment to Environmental Excellence awards presented at NRMCA's ConcreteWorks Conference and Expo.

"Our sustainability strategy is supported by the hard work of our employees and their willingness to embrace innovative practices," said U.S. Concrete President and CEO, William J. Sandbrook. "Eastern's commitment to implementing these systems is a major undertaking and I commend them for their hard work and on this achievement."

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 sustainability.

About Eastern Concrete Materials
Eastern Concrete Materials, Inc., a business unit of U.S. Concrete, Inc. (NASDAQ: USCR), operates 17 ready-mixed concrete plants in New Jersey and New York and is the largest supplier of ready-mixed concrete in the Northern New Jersey-New York City metropolitan area. The company also supplies sand, stone, and gravel from its four quarries in New Jersey and three docks in New York City to ready-mixed concrete, asphalt, government and contractor customers. Eastern's ready-mixed concrete 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 improve the appearance, productivity and performance of concrete work. The company's portfolio of projects includes the area's largest and tallest buildings, best-known monuments and biggest roadways and bridges. For more information about Eastern, visit www.eastern-concrete.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 126 standard ready-mixed concrete plants, 16 volumetric ready-mixed concrete facilities, and 10 producing aggregates facilities. During 2014, U.S. Concrete sold approximately 5.7 million cubic yards of ready-mixed concrete and approximately 4.7 million tons of aggregates. For more information on U.S. Concrete, visit www.us-concrete.com.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
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; 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, 2014 and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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