DALLAS, Jan. 14, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Texas Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TXI) Mill Creek Crushed Stone Plant in Oklahoma has been recognized by the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) for outstanding efforts in community relations. NSSGA conferred the Gold Award for Community Relations to TXI's Mill Creek facility for 2010. The Gold Award is the highest level of recognition for this multinational award designation.
The Community Relations awards program was initiated in 1989 by NSSGA to recognize aggregate producers whose community involvement and support activities enhanced their surrounding communities in exceptional ways. Qualification for the award involves a detailed evaluation by an independent panel of professional, academic and industry specialists. The judges examine a number of key criteria, including community participation, donations and service, local and state government involvement, and plant appearance, among others, and rank how the facility performs in each category. The Gold level is reserved for the highest scoring plants, which represent the top 10% of applications.
"TXI and its employees have done an outstanding job in this critical area, despite the continuing economic challenges of this year," said NSSGA President and CEO Joy Wilson. "We are so pleased to be able to recognize these facilities whose achievements in community relations remind us of the important role the aggregates industry plays in ensuring a greater quality of life in America."
The TXI Mill Creek facility has been in operation since 2002 and is a significant employer in the community, providing stable and well-paying jobs as well as opportunities for employees to grow with the company. The Mill Creek team plays a significant role in the community through volunteering of time, service, and contributions as well as in-kind gifts to support various local organizations.
Stephen D. Mayfield, TXI Vice President Aggregates, remarked, "TXI Mill Creek employees help make a difference for the community. They are volunteer firefighters. They serve our country in the Armed Forces and National Guard. They help to cook for local charity events. They are involved in state government activities through state trade associations, and by serving on state organizations, boards and committees. They also represent the cultural diversity from the Native American heritage of the area. It is a real honor to be recognized with this prestigious award." The award will be accepted by Kenneth Caldwell, Plant Manager, on behalf of the TXI Mill Creek employees at NSSGA's 2011 Annual Convention on March 23, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Texas Industries, Inc., a Dallas-based holding company, is a leading supplier of building materials, including cement, aggregate, and concrete, through its operating subsidiaries. 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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