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Vulcan'S Concrete Plant Green-Star Facility


The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association awarded Vulcan Materials Company, Western Division's Palomar Transit Mix subsidiary's Oceanside concrete plant with NRMCA's Green-Star Certification

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) awarded Vulcan Materials Company, Western Division's Palomar Transit Mix subsidiary's Oceanside concrete plant with its Green-Star Certification. NRMCA's program supports voluntary efforts of the ready mixed concrete industry to achieve environmental excellence and sustainability.

"Vulcan has an integrated environmental management system (EMS) that maximizes the achievement of very specific and measurable environmental goals," said David Ayers, managing director of compliance for NRMCA.

In addition to the EMS, according to Southern California Area and Operations Manager Ed Luce, the facility also is incorporating storm-water controls to further improve water quality.

"We are very proud of this achievement," said Alan Wessel, president Vulcan Materials, Western Division. "The Green-Star Certification is just one of many environmental initiatives we are implementing throughout the division. It's been a team effort and will benefit the company as well as our community at-large."

Three of the four NRMCA Green-Star-certified concrete facilities in California are owned and operated by Vulcan, including the company's Mission Valley plant in San Diego and Santa Barbara facility. Vulcan officials say that its Western Division goal is to certify all its plants by the end of 2012.

The NRMCA's Green-Star Program entails plant-specific certification based on an EMS model of continual improvement. Green-Star certification encourages both environmental management practices and continual improvement, benefitting customers, communities and ready-mix concrete operations.