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U.S. Concrete's San Francisco Bay Area Operating Company Reduces Traffic and Neighborhood Impact for Sunnyvale's Moffett Park and San Francisco's Presidio Parkway Projects

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EULESS, Texas, Sept. 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc., a business unit of U.S. Concrete, Inc. (Nasdaq:USCR), and the leader in delivering low-CO2 concrete to the San Francisco Bay Area, is successfully reducing traffic and neighborhood impact, while delivering concrete to two Bay Area projects — Sunnyvale's Moffett Park Building 6 in Sunnyvale and San Francisco's Presidio Parkway.

Moffett Park Building 6, Sunnyvale, CA

Central Concrete has been supplying concrete for the various Moffett Park construction projects for the past year. These iconic buildings, acting as a gateway to Silicon Valley, are bringing together best practices in architecture and construction and are targeted to receive LEED Gold Certification.

Most recently, Central Concrete has been working on the 200,000-square-foot Class A Moffett Park Building 6, part of the Technology Corners at Moffett Park, which was leased to Google in 2011. In May 2013, Central Concrete pursued one of its most aggressive challenges to date — an extensive, continuous pour for the mat-slab foundation. This translated into twice delivering 9,000 cubic yards, each over 15 hours. Central Concrete needed to pour an average of 600 cubic yards of concrete an hour, compared to a project average of 150 yards per hour for commercial building pours.

Working closely with Level 10 Construction and Jos. J. Albanese, Inc., Central Concrete devised a plan to meet this 300% increase in production, deploying an average of 60 trucks an hour from four local Central Concrete batching facilities. Recognizing the impact the trucks could have on Bay Area traffic, Central Concrete initiated the two pours at midnight, starting on a Friday and concluding early Saturday afternoon.

"During my 40 years working in this industry, I would rank this massive production request easily in the top 20 most challenging," said Tom Albanese, business development director for Central Concrete. "This highly choreographed operation took extensive planning and superb teamwork. By initiating pours at midnight, we minimized the impact of our fleet of trucks on the public while meeting all the needs specified by our partners, Level 10 and Jos. J. Albanese."

"Central Concrete did a great job for us," said Don Haynes, senior superintendent for Level 10 Construction. "Their attention to detail and ability to work within the highly aggressive project parameters allowed us to tackle this complex, challenging concrete pour with outstanding results."

Presidio Parkway Phase II, Public/Private Partnership, San Francisco, CA

Currently under construction, San Francisco's Presidio Parkway will replace Doyle Drive. The new parkway, designed to fit within the natural contours of the Presidio of San Francisco and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, will act as a spectacular regional gateway to these city landmarks.

In keeping with its high standards for environmental stewardship and impact, Central Concrete erected an onsite portable plant. This innovative solution has significantly reduced truck travel distances, thereby minimizing Central Concrete's carbon footprint and traffic impacts.

Initiating pours on July 12, 2013, and ramping up significantly in the coming months, Central Concrete expects to deliver approximately seven mixes, totaling just over 131,000 cubic yards of concrete. Nearly 90% of Central Concrete's mixes will incorporate at least 50% cement replacement materials. As a result, these low-CO2 concrete mixes will significantly reduce the carbon footprint, compared to traditional mixes, delivering an estimated savings of 42.8 million pounds of CO2.

Lead contractors for the public-private partnership are Flatiron West, Inc., and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.; subcontractors include Case Pacific Company and Malcolm Drilling Company, Inc.

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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-C02 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-CO2 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 Santa Clara San Francisco 49ers stadium, and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

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 105 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.

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 and the improvements achieved during our restructuring and monitor fixed costs; ability to maximize liquidity, 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: Brandie Gilliam Marketing Communications, U.S. Concrete bgilliam@us-concrete.com 817-835-2621

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