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MAR 2013

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Aggregate Industries US Recognized for Excellence By Mark S. Kuhar Aggregate Industries US (AIUS), a Hol��� cim Group Company, is pleased to an��� nounce that a number of its facilities were awarded the Environmental Ex��� cellence and Community Relations Awards from the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). ���We are extremely proud of our facili��� ties for receiving each distinction,��� said Filiberto Ruiz, president and chief executive officer of Aggregate Indus��� tries US. ���I commend the employees for their continued commitment to the community, environmental stew��� ardship and sustainability. These ini��� tiatives are the foundation of Aggregate Industries��� mission and contribute to our company���s success.��� The environmental excellence award recognizes facilities actively executing local sustainability strategies through measurable technical and regulatory benchmarks. Accokeek Sand and Gravel, located in Fort Washington, Md., received the gold environmental excellence award. St. Croix Sand and Gravel, located in Chisago, Minn., re��� ceived the bronze environmental ex��� cellence award. The community relations award rec��� ognizes companies that effectively en��� hance public perception of the aggregates industry by demonstrating they are an asset to their community, good neighbors and responsible cor��� porate citizens. Aggregate Industries US��� Sloan Quarry, located in Las Vegas, received the silver community relations award. The McHenry Pit and Algonquin Ag��� gregate Pit, facilities of Meyer Material Co., a subsidiary of AIUS, received bronze community relations awards. Each facility participated in Together for Communities, a year���long commu��� nity service initiative as part of the company���s commitment to environ��� mental excellence and community re��� lations. In 2012, Aggregate Industries US employees contributed more than 16,800 hours of service to 129 proj��� ects. Central to Aggregate Industries��� business philosophy, Together for Communities has allowed the com��� pany to forge strong relationships with their neighbors, which provided opportunity for continued collabora��� tion and growth. E Presque Isle Bay Removed from Great Lakes ���Area of Concern��� List The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Presque Isle Bay, on the Pennsylvania shore of Lake Erie, has been removed from the list of heavily contaminated Great Lakes sites targeted for cleanup by the U.S.���Canada Great Lakes Water Qual��� ity Agreement. Environmental condi��� tions in Presque Isle Bay have significantly improved due to actions taken by federal, state and local gov��� ernment. Studies have shown that re��� vitalized waterways, like Presque Isle Bay, can benefit the local economy and better protect people���s health. Presque Isle Bay is now the second site in the nation to be taken off the list of Great Lakes ���Areas of Concern��� (AOCs). 76 ROCKproducts ��� MARCH 2013 In October 2011, the federal Great Lakes Interagency Task Force com��� mitted to accelerate cleanups of con��� taminated rivers and harbors to ���delist��� AOCs. Presque Isle Bay���s delisting reduces the number of AOCs to 29 contaminated sites wholly in the U.S. or shared with Canada. ���On my last day as EPA Administrator, I���m proud to announce that Presque Isle Bay is no longer considered an Area of Concern. We still have a great deal of work to do in the Great Lakes, but this is a positive step that will help protect people���s health and the envi��� ronment in the community,��� said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, who also serves as Chair of the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force. ���President Obama has made cleaning up the Great Lakes a priority for his Adminis��� tration, and delisting Presque Isle Bay is a big step toward fulfilling that com��� mitment.��� The historic discharge of industrial and domestic wastewater contami��� nated Presque Isle Bay with excessive nutrients, organic compounds, toxic metals and other pollutants. Improve��� ments at Erie���s wastewater treatment plant, along with the waterfront���s con��� version from heavy industrial to com��� mercial use, reduced pollution and helped restore the bay. Since 2010, Great Lakes Restoration www.rockproducts.com

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