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EULESS, Texas – For the first time in its 67-year history, U.S. Concrete has expanded outside of the continental United States with the purchase of two new vertically integrated construction material operations in the Virgin Islands.

U.S. Concrete, Inc. announced Wednesday that it acquired Heavy Materials, LLC  and the assets of Spartan Concrete Products, LLC, two strategically integrated businesses located in the U.S. Virgin Islands serving key Caribbean markets with strong demand and consistent performance.

Heavy Materials is a primary producer of ready-mixed concrete and aggregates in Estate Montpellier in St. Croix and Estate Mariendahl in St. Thomas through four ready-mixed concrete batch plants, a fleet of 32 mixer trucks, and two quarries with total aggregates reserves of approximately 40 million tons.

Heavy also leases an industrial waterfront property that it uses as a marine terminal and sales yard. Heavy is a key aggregates supplier to Spartan, a leading local ready-mixed concrete producer, operating one batch plant and a fleet of 16 mixer trucks.

The combined operations of Heavy and Spartan creates a stronger vertically integrated platform to serve an extensive base of customers throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands and several other islands throughout the Caribbean. The end-market exposure of the combined operations is generally balanced across commercial, infrastructure and residential project activity.

“These acquisitions are highly aligned with our strategic goal to establish leadership positions in resilient, attractive markets and further enhance our mix of vertically integrated operations,” said William J. Sandbrook, U.S. Concrete President and CEO.

“We plan to create a more efficient operating dynamic in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean by combining the efforts of these two separately owned businesses into one cohesive unit. Additionally, the combined operations provide a highly strategic platform to capitalize on leading market positions and growing regional demand to serve as the supplier of choice. We are thrilled to welcome Heavy and Spartan to the U.S. Concrete family of companies.”

Concrete production is a $30 billion industry in the Unites States.

About U.S. Concrete, Inc.

U.S. Concrete, Inc. (the “Company” or “U.S. Concrete”) serves 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 144 standard ready-mixed concrete plants, 16 volumetric ready-mixed concrete facilities, and 14 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.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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