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Aggregates Production Rose 7 Percent in Fourth Quarter


An estimated 540 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2014, an increase of 7 percent compared with that of the same period of 2013. The estimated annual output of construction aggregates produced for consumption in 2014 was 2.17 billion metric tons (Gt), an increase of 7 percent compared with that of 2013, reported USGS Crushed Stone Commodity Specialist Jason Willett.

 

An estimated 317 Mt of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2014, an increase of 9 percent compared with that of the same period of 2013. The estimated annual output of crushed stone produced for consumption in 2014 was 1.27 Gt, an increase of 8 percent compared with that of 2013.

The estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the fourth quarter of 2014 was 223 Mt, an increase of 5 percent compared with that of the same period of 2013. The estimated annual output of construction sand and gravel produced for consumption in 2014 was 904 Mt, an increase of 7 percent compared with that of 2013

Shipments of portland cement increased by an estimated 9.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, and annual consumption increased by an estimated 8.3 percent in 2014, compared with consumption in 2013. This information is obtained from the USGS monthly survey of U.S. cement producers.

The numbers just released by USGS are a more detailed examination of previously released 2014 production statistics.

The estimated production for consumption of construction aggregates in the fourth quarter of 2014 increased in seven of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the fourth quarter of 2013. In the fourth quarter, production for consumption of aggregates increased in 34 of the 43 states for which estimates were made.

The estimated total annual production for consumption of construction aggregates in 2014 increased, compared with that of 2013, in 38 of the 50 states for which estimates were made. The five leading states were, in descending order of total annual output for 2014, Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois. Their combined total annual output was 638 Mt, an estimated increase of about 11 percent when compared with that of 2013.

The estimated production for consumption of crushed stone in the fourth quarter of 2014 increased in six of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the fourth quarter of 2013. Production for consumption of crushed stone increased in 30 of the 46 states for which estimates were made.

The five leading states were, in descending order of production for consumption, Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio and Missouri. Their combined total production for consumption was 109 Mt and represented 35 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated production for consumption of construction sand and gravel in the fourth quarter of 2014 increased from fourth quarter 2013 levels in five of the nine geographic divisions. Production for consumption of construction sand and gravel increased in 30 of the 45 states for which estimates were made.

The five leading states were, in descending order of production for consumption, Texas, California, Michigan, Minnesota and Washington. Their combined total production for consumption was 76.8 Mt and represented 34 percent of the U.S. total.