SPRINGDALE, Ark., Aug. 10, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:AERT), a leading plastic recycler and manufacturer of green building products announced today that sales for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 were $23.6 million, up 34% from $17.6 million for the second quarter of 2011. This follows a much improved 1 st quarter in which sales increased 44.9% over the prior year. Both the ChoiceDek ® and MoistureShield ® brands contributed to the sales volume growth with increases to existing customers and additional MoistureShield distribution. Limited sales of green resins (recycled plastic) were also initiated during the period. Second quarter gross margin improved 6.6 percentage points from 2011 primarily as a result of plant efficiencies relating to higher production volume. Selling and administrative costs for the quarter were up $0.6 million due to increased employee costs, sales commission, advertising, and professional fees. The company recorded operating income of $2.3 million, a $2.1 million increase from the quarter ended June 30, 2011. Commenting on the results, Joe G. Brooks, CEO of AERT noted, "Our sales continue to grow as a result of increased distribution and customer sell through efforts to a wider customer base. International sales also are growing. Our AERT team has successfully introduced several new products this year, with more on the horizon. Customer reception and acceptance is very positive. Our AERT manufacturing associates are also focused on reducing costs and improving efficiencies. Phase II of our Watts, OK recycling facility is nearing completion and we soon expect to be selling increased levels of recycled plastic to other manufacturers." AERT will host their first quarter conference call and webcast on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 beginning at 11:00 am (EDT)/10:00 am (CDT) to discuss the results. Listeners may participate in a question and answer session toward the end of the webcast by calling 877-561-2747. To listen via internet visit http://aert.com/ir/webcasts.aspx . About Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. Since 1989, AERT (OTCBB:AERT) has pioneered the use of recycled polyethylene plastic in the manufacture of composite building materials. With its constantly evolving portfolio of patented and proprietary recycling technologies, AERT has been widely recognized as a leader in resource conservation innovation and received the EPA Award for Environmental Excellence for its process of converting scrap plastic to composite outdoor decking. The company recently received an ESGR Patriot Award for its support of our Guard and Reserve Units in the U. S. Armed Forces. AERT converts reclaimed plastic and wood fiber waste into quality outdoor decking systems, fence systems, and door and window components. The Company is the exclusive manufacturer of ChoiceDek ® decking, which is available in multiple colors and is sold in Lowe's Home Improvement stores nationwide. See http://www.choicedek.com for more information. AERT's MoistureShield ® decking program is expanding and products are now available throughout the U.S. See http://www.moistureshield.com for product information or to find a regional distributor or dealer. AERT operates manufacturing facilities in Springdale and Lowell, Arkansas and recently commenced operations at its Green Age recycling facility in Watts, Oklahoma. Investors can access real-time stock quotes and information at http://www.otcmarkets.com. For more information on the Company, visit http://www.aertinc.com. Sign up to receive investor information, including press releases, via email by visiting http://aert.com/ir/PressReleaseOptIn.aspx. The AERT, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=4905 Certain statements in this news release regarding projected results of operations, or, projected results of financial plans or future strategies and initiatives, including, but not limited to, projections of revenue, projections of profitability, any and all future expectation, and plans for future activities may and should be regarded as ``forward-looking statements'' within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. These statements involve, among other things, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause AERT, Inc.'s actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. AERT currently is considering, but may or may not in the future implement any or all of the items and issues listed in any planned budget or strategic initiative, due to, among other things, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors.