U.S. Concrete's San Francisco Bay Area Operating Company Provides Expertise and High-Strength Concrete to Create 3D Model, Showcasing the Unique Underwater Topology at Point Lobos State Marine Reserve

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EULESS, Texas, May 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc. a business unit of U.S. Concrete, Inc. (Nasdaq:USCR), was recognized for its expertise and contributions that greatly assisted in the development of a finely detailed, 3D model of the Point Lobos State Marine Reserve. The 800-pound concrete model was unveiled to the press and public on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Point Lobos State Park, located along the central coast of California, just south of Monterey and Carmel.

Until now, the only way to experience the underwater landscape of the Point Lobos State Marine Reserve – a 9,907-acre underwater Reserve – has been to secure one of 30 permits issued each day to proficient divers. Even then, without the guidance of someone extremely familiar with the territory, you would be unlikely to know where you have been while seeing the extraordinary kelp forest, schools of fish, and friendly seals.

Imagine knife-edge structures as tall as skyscrapers; giant pinnacles undamaged by the erosion of their land-based counterparts; chasms barely wide enough to swim through; ledges dropping into unfathomable depths; topography that was above water during the last ice age, preserved much as it might have looked thousands of years ago when humans first camped on this shore.

Thanks to the efforts of some dedicated dive members, including the Bay Area Underwater Explorers (BAUE) and Central California Council of Diving Clubs, Inc. (CenCal), California State University Monterey Bay, community groups, and Central Concrete Supply Co. Inc., visitors to Point Lobos will now be able to visualize the undersea world—without getting wet.

Central Concrete Provides Expertise to Meet Model's Challenges

The high level of detail to be conveyed by the model provided unique challenges. To address these challenges, Central Concrete's Quality and Assurance Lab developed small samples to examine how best to reduce any small surface imperfections and holes and deliver the high level of detail.

The tests led the team to develop a high-strength (12,000 psi) grout. This high-flowing mix included white cement, sieved fine sand and various chemicals to meet the stringent requirements of the project. The chemicals included: high-range water reducers for optimal flow, viscosity modifiers to maintain cohesiveness, shrinkage reducing admixtures, defoamer to reduce air-voids and microfibers for additional bonding. Under the surface mix, Central Concrete used a high-strength, lightweight concrete, which incorporated macro structural fibers.


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-CO2 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 (net-zero private office building in Calif.); the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission headquarters (one of San Francisco's greenest office building); the new San Francisco 49ers Levi's 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 concrete-related products; and precast concrete products. As of the date of this press release, the Company has 103 fixed and 9 portable ready-mixed concrete plants, one precast concrete plant and eight producing aggregates facilities. During 2013, our plant facilities produced approximately 5.2 million cubic yards of ready-mixed concrete and 3.6 million tons of aggregates. For more information on U.S. Concrete, visit www.us-concrete.com.


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, 2013 and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

CONTACT: Company Contacts: Andrew Pinkerton Marketing Communications, U.S. Concrete apinkerton@us-concrete.com O: 817-835-2621/M: 214-724-9664

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