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Aggregates Production: Up for Both Quarter; Year


According to figures just released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), an estimated 697 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2015, an increase of 5 percent compared with that of the third quarter of 2014. “The estimated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2015 was 1.69 billion metric tons, an increase of 5 percent compared with that of the same period of 2014,” said USGS Crushed Stone Commodity Specialist Jason Willett.

An estimated 406 Mt of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2015, an increase of 7 percent compared with that of the third quarter of 2014. The estimated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2015 was 991 Mt, an increase of 6 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 third quarter of 2015 was 291 Mt, a slight increase compared with that of the third quarter of 2014. The estimated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2015 was 702 Mt, an increase of 4 percent compared with that of the same period of 2014.

Portland (including blended) cement consumption increased by 2.6 percent in the third quarter of 2015 compared with that of the third quarter of 2014. Consumption in the first nine months of 2015 increased by 3.2 percent compared with that of the same period of 2014. This information is obtained from the USGS monthly survey of U.S. cement producers.

The estimated production for consumption of construction aggregates in the third quarter of 2015 increased in six of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2014. Production for consumption increased in 28 of the 43 states for which estimates were made.

The five leading states, in descending order of production-for-consumption, were Texas, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Their combined total production for consumption was 208 Mt, an increase of 6 percent compared with that of the same period of 2014 and represented 30 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated production for consumption of crushed stone in the third quarter of 2015 increased in seven of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2014.

Production for consumption increased in 31 of the 46 states for which estimates were made. The five leading states, in descending order of production for consumption, were Texas, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Ohio and Illinois. Their combined total production for consumption was 136 Mt, an increase of 5 percent compared with that of the same period of 2014 and represented 34 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated production for consumption of construction sand and gravel in the third quarter of 2015 increased in six of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2014.

Production for consumption increased in 26 of the 45 states for which estimates were made. 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, a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2014 and represented 37 percent of the U.S. total.