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Aggregates Production Surges Higher in Second Quarter


According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), an estimated 592 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 8 percent compared with that of the second quarter of 2013. The estimated production for consumption in the first 6 months of 2014 was 961 Mt, an increase of 7 percent compared with that of the same period of 2013.

Of the total, an estimated 346 Mt of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 8 percent compared with that of the second quarter of 2013, said Jason Willett, crushed stone commodity specialist. The estimated production for consumption in the first 6 months of 2014 was 567 Mt, an increase of 7 percent compared with that of the same period of 2013.

Of the total, the estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the second quarter of 2014 was 246 Mt, an increase of 8 percent compared with that of the second quarter of 2013, said Shawnna M. Bennett, sand and gravel commodity specialist. The estimated production for consumption in the first 6 months of 2014 was 394 Mt, an increase of 8 percent compared with that of the same period of 2013.

Portland (including blended) cement consumption increased by 9.3 percent in the second quarter of 2014 compared with that of the second quarter of 2013. Consumption in the first 6 months of 2014 increased by 6.9 percent compared with that of the same period of 2013. This information is obtained from the USGS monthly survey of U.S. cement producers.

The estimated production-for-consumption of construction aggregates in the second quarter of 2014 increased in eight of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the second quarter of 2013. The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the Mountain, South Atlantic, and the Pacific divisions.

Production-for-consumption increased in 34 of the 43 States that were estimated. The five leading States, in descending order of production-for-consumption, were Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Ohio. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 171 Mt, an increase of 4 percent and represented 29 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated production-for-consumption of crushed stone in the second quarter of 2014 increased in eight of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the second quarter of 2013, according to Willett. The Middle Atlantic division remained relatively unchanged compared with the same period last year.

Production-for-consumption increased in 37 of the 46 States that were estimated. The five leading States, in descending order of production-for-consumption, were Texas, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Florida, and Kentucky. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 116 Mt, an increase of 5 percent and represented 33 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated production-for-consumption of construction sand and gravel in the second quarter of 2014 increased in two of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the second quarter of 2013, according to Bennett. The decreases in percentages were recorded in the Middle Atlantic and the East South Central divisions.

Production-for-consumption increased in 32 of the 45 States that were estimated. The five leading States, in descending order of production-for-consumption, were Texas, California, Washington, Minnesota and Colorado. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 84.6 Mt, an increase of 13 percent and represented 34 percent of the U.S. total.