updated 9/13/2010 2:45:52 AM ET 2010-09-13T06:45:52

DALLAS, Sept. 10, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TXI Operations, LP, a subsidiary of Texas Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TXI) announced today that its Midlothian Cement Plant has been awarded the 2010 Energy Star® certification for superior energy performance by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The award places the TXI Midlothian Cement Plant in an exceptional category of high-performing, energy efficient cement plants in the U.S., based on the EPA's National Energy Performance Rating System. 

TXI's Midlothian Cement Plant followed the stringent requirements outlined by the EPA for plant energy programs, including a detailed performance assessment along with an action plan that ultimately resulted in achieving Energy Star designation. "Energy efficiency is a major strategic theme as we look into the future for the Midlothian plant, and we recognize the importance of continuous improvement in this area," said J. Lynn Davis, Vice President - Cement for TXI. "Achieving this designation is significant because our employees work very hard every day to conserve energy and produce cement as efficiently as possible," Davis added. 

With the growth in global demand for energy expected to rise significantly over the coming years, incorporating energy efficiency into TXI's operations through programs such as EPA's Energy Star designation will continue to be an essential goal. "Improving the energy efficiency of our nation's industrial facilities is critical to protecting our environment," said Jean Lupinacci, Chief, Energy Star Commercial & Industrial Branch. "From the plant floor to the board room, organizations such as TXI are leading the way by making their facilities more energy efficient and earning EPA's Energy Star." The Midlothian plant has long been a model of environmental efficiency through use of innovative air pollution control technologies and other process efficiencies to manufacture one of the most widely-used and critical building materials.  

Texas Industries, Inc., a Dallas-based company, is a leading supplier of building materials, including cement, aggregate, and concrete. With operations in six states, TXI is the largest producer of cement in Texas and a major producer in California. TXI is a major supplier of stone, sand, gravel and expanded shale and clay products, and one of the largest producers of bagged cement and concrete products in the Southwest. TXI shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "TXI." 

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