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October 18, 2011

U.S. Concrete works on supplemental materials to replace cement

U.S. Concrete Inc. of Houston (NASDAQ: USCR) announced this week its research subsidiary, USC Technologies Inc. of San Jose, California, is working with two American universities to develop alternative supplemental materials that can be used to replace cement in concrete.

The firm said it will work with researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Arizona State University (ASU) to develop alternative supplemental cementitious materials.

“Cement production is responsible for five per cent of man-made carbon dioxide emissions, and as such, is a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions,” Ryan Henkensiefken, Technical Services Manager at USC Technologies, stated in a press release. “For every ton cement clinker manufactured, about one ton of CO2 is released into the atmosphere.”

U.S. Concrete produces ready-mix concrete and precast concrete.

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