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Astec Impact

RR030519 AsteclogoMarch 5, 2019 – If you are seeking a barometer of the construction materials industry, Astec Industries is always a good place to look, as the company's footprint is everywhere. Commenting on the company's quarterly and full-year results, Richard J. Dorris, interim chief executive officer, stated, “We are pleased with the 17.4 percent growth in adjusted earnings for the full year. Our core businesses remain strong and we continue to gain positive momentum. While results in our Infrastructure Group for the fourth quarter and year reflect our decision to exit the wood pellet plant business and a decrease in international sales, we are optimistic about opportunities for this segment in the coming year. We saw a good mix of activity across commercial and private construction driving performance in our Aggregate and Mining Group both domestically and internationally for the year, while 2018 sales growth in our Energy Group was driven by improved domestic sales. While we remain focused on execution in our individual segments, we continue to make progress in our strategic sourcing initiative and anticipate it will yield positive results in our procurement operations once it is completed in the second quarter. We are also working to identify further manufacturing cost optimization opportunities and look forward to providing more details as we move forward with these projects.”