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									Acme Brick to Distribute Green Building Products from VAST® Enterprises, LLC
America's Largest, U. S. owned Clay Brick Manufacturer Will Distribute VAST Composite Masonry Products Made from Recycled Rubber and Plastics
Ft. Worth, TX and Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) November 17, 2009 -- Acme Brick and VAST Enterprises, LLC announced that Acme has agreed to distribute VAST composite masonry products as an alternative for green building. VAST composite masonry products, which are manufactured in a patented blend of post-consumer recycled automobile tires and plastic containers, include Composite Landscape Pavers, Composite Permeable Pavers for stormwater management, Composite Deck Pavers, and Composite Thin Brick. Under the agreement, Acme now distributes VAST products in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico.

"This market for green building materials is projected to expand by 7 percent annually over the next five years, and Acme Brick is committed to being our customers' partner in green building," said Dennis Knautz, president and chief executive officer, Acme Brick. "That's why we have introduced new alternatives like our lean brick, and that's why we are distributing VAST composite masonry products. VAST gives our customers, especially those pursuing LEED certification for their projects, another exceptional option for green building." "With Acme Brick's decision to distribute VAST products, composite masonry takes its place as an established alternative for green building," said Andy Vander Woude, LEED AP, chief executive officer, VAST Enterprises, LLC. The lean versions of Acme's King Size and modular brick are the company's most earth-friendly to date. Acme Brick engineers' innovation in brick design increases the area of a brick's core holes from 25 percent to 33 percent -- without sacrificing any performance qualities. Lean brick yields savings of 11 percent in the energy used to fire brick. The 10 percent weight reduction generates additional savings in transportation energy requirements and costs. With its patented material science technology, VAST transforms post-consumer recycled rubber and plastics into a new green building material: composite masonry. VAST's technology achievement: engineering the world's first composite material with up to 95 percent recycled content that provides the strength, durability and aesthetics required for landscape and hardscape applications. VAST products are cradle-to-cradle green. VAST's manufacturing process starts with recycled car tires and plastic containers and minimizes greenhouse gases by reducing carbon emissions by 90 percent compared to concrete products. There is no scrap in the production process, and VAST pavers are 100 percent recyclable. VAST Enterprises, LLC VAST applies its patented technology to transform recycled materials into a new resource for green building: composite masonry. VAST composite products -- including landscape pavers, permeable pavers for stormwater management, deck pavers and thin brick -- offer an engineered alternative to other pavers. VAST meets the most demanding requirements for aesthetics, durability, sustainability and installation efficiency Award-winning
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VAST pavers deliver rich colors, superior slip resistance and unbeatable strength at one-third the weight of concrete pavers. VAST can contribute to more LEED® credits than any other paver. Today, every 5,000-square foot VAST landscape installation keeps 2,500 scrap automobile tires and 75,000 plastic containers out of U.S. landfills. Tomorrow? The Future is VAST™. Learn more at www.vastpavers.com. Then call (612) 234-8958. LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council. Acme Brick Founded in 1891 and headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Acme is the largest U. S. owned brick manufacturer in the United States and has been part of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. since 2000. For more information phone 1-800-792-1234 or visit www.brick.com. ###

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Contact Information DAVID AQUILINA VAST Enterprises, LLC http://www.vastpavers.com (612) 234-8958 Ron Taylor Acme Brick http://www.brick.com (817) 377-1042

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