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Aggregates Production Jumps in Third Quarter


An estimated 683 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2014, an increase of 9 percent compared with that of the third quarter of 2013. The estimated production for consumption in the first 9 months of 2014 was 1.64 billion metric tons (Gt), an increase of 8 percent compared with that of the same period of 2013, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Crushed Stone Commodity Specialist Jason Willett.

An estimated 393 Mt of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2014, an increase of 9 percent compared with that of the third quarter of 2013. The estimated production for consumption in the first 9 months of 2014 was 955 Mt, an increase of 8 percent compared with that of the same period of 2013.

The estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the third quarter of 2014 was 290 Mt, an increase of 8 percent compared with that of the third quarter of 2013. The estimated production for consumption in the first 9 months of 2014 was 683 Mt, an increase of 8 percent compared with that of the same period of 2013.

Portland (including blended) cement consumption increased by 9.0 percent in the third quarter of 2014 compared with that of the third quarter of 2013. Consumption in the first 9 months of 2014 increased by 7.8 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 above estimates are based on information reported to USGS on its quarterly sample survey by construction aggregates producers.

Production-for-consumption increased in 32 of the 43 States that were estimated. The five leading States, in descending order of production-for-consumption, were Texas, Ohio, California, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 208 Mt, an increase of 15 percent and represented 30 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated production-for-consumption of crushed stone in the third quarter of 2014 increased in all nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2013. The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the East North Central and the Mountain divisions. 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, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 140 Mt, an increase of 17 percent and represented 36 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated production-for-consumption of construction sand and gravel in the third quarter of 2014 increased in seven of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2013. The decreases in percentages were recorded in the New England and the West South Central divisions.

Production-for-consumption increased in 33 of the 45 States that were estimated. The five leading States, in descending order of production-for-consumption, were California, Texas, Minnesota, Michigan and Washington. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 108 Mt, an increase of 10 percent and represented 37 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated production-for-consumption of construction aggregates in the third quarter of 2014 increased in all nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2013. The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the East North Central, East South Central, and the Mountain divisions.

Production-for-consumption increased in 32 of the 43 States that were estimated. The five leading States, in descending order of production-for-consumption, were Texas, Ohio, California, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 208 Mt, an increase of 15 percent and represented 30 percent of the U.S. total.