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Exclusive: 2010 Production to Be Higher Than First Estimated


usgsFebruary 14, 2011 – Final 2010 stone-production numbers will not officially be released until next month, but Jason Willett, crushed stone commodity specialist for USGS, estimates for Rock Products that in 2010, aggregates production (crushed stone plus sand and gravel) will total approximately 1.977 billion metric tons. That is higher than the previous 2010 estimate of 1.910 billion metric tons released last month as part of the 2011 USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries, but lower than the estimated 2.01 billion metric tons produced in 2009. Estimated crushed stone production for 2010 will come in at approximately 1.177 billion metric tons, higher than the 1.150 billion metric tons estimated for the 2011 USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries, and 0.56 percent higher than the estimated 1.170 billion metric tons reported for 2009. Estimated construction sand and gravel production for 2010 will come in at approximately 800 million metric tons, higher than the 760 million metric tons estimated for the 2011 USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries, but 4.77 percent lower than the estimated 840 million metric tons reported for 2009.