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Non-Metallic Minerals on the Rise

RR020720 MCSFeb. 7, 2020 – The first indication of the vibrancy of the U.S. non-metallic minerals market just came in. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released its 2020 Mineral Commodity Summaries publication, in which it gives, among other things, its first, preliminary look at 2019 U.S. aggregates production. According to the publication, total aggregates production was approximately 2.5 billion metric tons (Gt), an increase of approximately 6% over 2018. In 2019, 1.53 billion tons of crushed stone valued at more than $18.7 billion was produced by an estimated 1,430 companies operating 3,440 quarries and 176 sales and (or) distribution yards in 50 states, an increase of approximately 8%. In 2019, 970 million tons of construction sand and gravel valued at $9.0 billion was produced by an estimated 3,870 companies operating 6,830 pits and 342 sales and distribution yards in 50 states, an increase of approximately 3.5%. Dimensional stone production was also up, while industrial sand production was down. Lime production was down slightly.