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Aggregates Production Increases in First Quarter


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.
  • 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 information reported to USGS on its quarterly sample survey by 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. This information is obtained from 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. 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.