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Aggregates Production Increases in First Quarter.

By Mark S. Kuhar

Aggregates production in the first quarter of 2015 increased for both crushed stone and sand and gravel, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Crushed Stone Commodity Specialist Jason Willett.

The estimated U.S. output of construction aggregates produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter of 2015 was 389 million metric tons (Mt), an increase of 8 percent compared with that of the same period of 2014.

CRUSHED STONE SOLD OR USED BY PRODUCERS IN THE UNITED STATES, BY DIVISION1
(Thousand metric tons and thousand dollars)
  2014 2015
  Quantity Value Quantity Percent
Region/Division2 1st qtr. 2nd qtr. 3rd qtr. 4th qtr. 1st-4th qtr.3 1st-4th qtr.3 1st qtr. change4
Northeast:
New England 2,030 11,400 14,700 10,600 38,700 466,000 1,850 -8.7
Middle Atlantic 14,100 37,500 48,000 35,500 135,000 1,480,000 15,600 10.5
Midwest:
East North Central 20,800 53,600 72,800 57,000 204,000 1,750,000 24,300 17.0
West North Central 19,000 40,600 46,900 32,100 140,000 1,310,000 22,200 17.2
South:
South Atlantic 48,800 69,600 70,200 62,100 251,000 3,280,000 50,700 4.0
East South Central 21,700 34,200 38,600 31,500 126,000 1,410,000 22,500 3.6
West South Central 52,900 59,800 62,300 57,100 232,000 1,970,000 55,100 4.2
West:
Mountain 10,300 14,700 17,800 12,600 58,000 475,000 10,700 4.2
Pacific 13,400 17,900 21,300 16,400 69,000 699,000 15,500 15.5
Total5 216,000 343,000 385,000 317,000 1,260,000 12,900,000 230,000 6.9

1. Quarterly totals shown are estimates based on a sample survey. Estimated quantities for prior quarters have been recalculated.

2. Sales region equivalent to U.S. Census Bureau Geographic Division as follows: New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT); Middle Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA); East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI); West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD); South Atlantic (DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV); East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN); West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX); Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY); Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA).

3. Data may not add to totals shown because of independent rounding and differences between projected totals by states and by divisions.

4. Compared with same period of preceding year; all percentages are calculated using unrounded totals.

5. Includes all 50 states.

 

CONSTRUCTION SAND AND GRAVEL SOLD OR USED BY PRODUCERS IN THE UNITED STAETS, BY DIVISION1
(Thousand metric tons and thousand dollars)
  2014 2015
  Quantity Value Quantity Percent
Region/Division2 1st qtr. 2nd qtr. 3rd qtr. 4th qtr. 1st-4th qtr.3 1st-4th qtr.3 1st qtr. change4
Northeast:
New England 1,660 10,600 14,200 10,000 39,600 362,000 1,470 -11.1
Middle Atlantic 5,850 12,600 17,700 13,400 49,600 465,000 6,240 6.7
Midwest:
East North Central 8,060 29,400 42,800 29,900 138,000 903,000 10,500 30.3
West North Central 9,550 37,200 54,300 29,400 130,000 812,000 11,500 20.8
South:
South Atlantic 10,200 14,300 14,500 13,200 52,300 448,000 10,500 3.2
East South Central 4,130 7,590 9,330 6,260 36,100 256,000 3,760 -8.9
West South Central 31,600 35,000 33,800 29,500 130,000 1,060,000 27,400 -13.4
West:
Mountain 25,900 47,400 53,200 41,200 168,000 1,390,000 30,500 17.6
Pacific 28,300 38,700 44,000 34,100 145,000 1,490,000 31,200 10.6
Total5 146,000 245,000 285,000 221,000 897,000 7,260,000 159,000 8.5

1. Quarterly totals shown are estimates based on a sample survey. Estimated quantities for prior quarters have been recalculated.

2. Sales region equivalent to U.S. Census Bureau Geographic Division as follows: New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT); Middle Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA); East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI); West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD); South Atlantic (DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV); East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN); West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX); Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY); Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA).

3. Data may not add to totals shown because of independent rounding and differences between projected totals by states and by divisions.

4. Compared with same period of preceding year; all percentages are calculated using unrounded totals.

5. Includes all 50 states.

 

AGGREGATES SOLD OR USED BY PRODUCERS IN THE UNITED STATES, BY DIVISION1
(Thousand metric tons and thousand dollars)
  2014 2015
  Quantity Value Quantity Percent
Region/Division2 1st qtr. 2nd qtr. 3rd qtr. 4th qtr. 1st-4th qtr.3 1st-4th qtr.3 1st qtr. change4
Northeast:
New England 3,570 21,300 28,400 20,000 78,400 828,000 3,170 -11.1
Middle Atlantic 19,900 50,100 65,700 49,000 185,000 1,940,000 21,800 9.4
Midwest:
East North Central 23,200 78,800 111,000 83,700 343,000 2,650,000 30,500 31.3
West North Central 27,300 69,000 89,700 55,500 270,000 2,130,000 32,800 20.0
South:
South Atlantic 59,000 83,900 84,700 75,300 303,000 3,730,000 61,200 3.9
East South Central 19,100 33,000 38,600 30,400 162,000 1,660,000 20,000 5.0
West South Central 84,500 94,700 96,100 86,700 362,000 3,030,000 82,500 -2.4
West:
Mountain 35,300 58,000 66,100 50,600 226,000 1,860,000 40,000 13.1
Pacific 41,700 56,600 65,300 50,500 214,000 2,190,000 46,800 12.2
Total5 362,000 587,000 670,000 538,000 2,160,000 20,200,000 389,000 7.5

1. Quarterly totals shown are estimates based on a sample survey. Estimated quantities for prior quarters have been recalculated.

2. Sales region equivalent to U.S. Census Bureau Geographic Division as follows: New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT); Middle Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA); East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI); West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD); South Atlantic (DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV); East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN); West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX); Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY); Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA).

3. Data may not add to totals shown because of independent rounding and differences between projected totals by states and by divisions.

4. Compared with same period of preceding year; all percentages are calculated using unrounded totals.

5. Includes all 50 states.

An estimated 230 Mt of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 7 percent compared with that of the same period of 2014.

The estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter of 2015 was 159 Mt, an increase of 9 percent compared with that of the same period of 2014.

The above estimates are based on USGS’ quarterly sample survey of construction aggregates producers.

Estimated portland cement consumption increased by 6 percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared with that of the first quarter of 2014, according to the USGS monthly survey of U.S. cement producers.

“Estimated production-for-consumption of construction aggregates in the first quarter of 2015 increased in seven of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the first quarter of 2014,” Willett said. “The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the East North Central, the West North Central and the Mountain divisions.”

Production-for-consumption increased in 30 of the 43 states that were estimated. The five leading states were, in descending order of production-for-consumption, Texas, California, Florida, Missouri and Washington. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 135 Mt and increased by 5 percent when compared with that of the same period of 2014.

Estimated production-for-consumption of crushed stone in the first quarter of 2015 increased in eight of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the first quarter of 2014. The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the West North Central and the East North Central divisions.

Production-for-consumption increased in 31 of the 46 states that were estimated. The five leading states were, in descending order of production-for-consumption, Texas, Florida, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Georgia. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 86.2 Mt and represented an increase of 5 percent compared with that in the first quarter of 2014.

Estimated production-for-consumption of construction sand and gravel in the first quarter of 2015 increased from first quarter 2014 levels in six of the nine geographic divisions. The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the East North Central and West North Central divisions.

Production-for-consumption increased in 27 of the 45 states that were estimated. The five leading states were, in descending order of production-for-consumption, Texas, California, Arizona, Washington and Colorado. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 67.4 Mt, which was an increase of 6 percent compared with that in the first quarter of 2014.

The quarterly sample survey generates production-for-consumption estimates by quarters, based on information reported voluntarily by a limited number of producers. In most quarters, a few companies may report amounts sold in the current quarter that vary greatly from the amounts reported in the prior-year period. This change in sales is almost never an indicator of the change in the demand in the state as a whole. The reason can be the opening or closing of an operation, weather or an external force that only the company or one of its operations experienced. Previously reported data are occasionally revised, and the estimated quantities then recalculated. The latest release of the quarterly Mineral Industry Surveys contains the most recent estimated totals and supersedes previously published reports.