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Aggregates Production Strong in Second Quarter


An estimated 646 metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 6 percent compared with that of the second quarter of 2015, according to statistics from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

“The estimated production for consumption in the first six months of 2016 was 1.09 billion metric tons, an increase of 10 percent compared with that of the same period of 2015,” said Jason Willet, crushed stone commodity specialist.

An estimated 377 Mt of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 6 percent compared with that of the second quarter of 2015. The estimated production for consumption in the first six months of 2016 was 648 Mt, an increase of 11 percent compared with that of the same period of 2015.

The estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the second quarter of 2016 was 269 Mt, an increase of 6 percent compared with that of the second quarter of 2015. The estimated production for consumption in the first six months of 2016 was 443 Mt, an increase of 8 percent compared with that of the same period of 2015.

Portland (including blended) cement consumption increased by 3 percent in the second quarter of 2016 compared with that of the second quarter of 2015. Consumption in the first six months of 2016 increased by 7 percent compared with that of the same period of 2015.

The estimated production for consumption of construction aggregates in the second quarter of 2016 decreased in two of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the second quarter of 2015. The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the Mountain, South Atlantic and the East North Central divisions. Production for consumption increased in 25 of the 43 states that were estimated.

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 179 Mt, an increase of 5 percent, and represented 28 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated production for consumption of crushed stone in the second quarter of 2016 increased in six of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the second quarter of 2015. The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the Mountain and the East North Central divisions.

The five leading states, in descending order of production for consumption, were Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and North Carolina. Their combined total production for consumption was 116 Mt and represented 31 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated production for consumption of construction sand and gravel in the second quarter of 2016 increased in five of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the second quarter of 2015. The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the Mountain and the South Atlantic divisions.

The five leading states, in descending order of production for consumption, were California, Texas, Utah, Michigan and Minnesota. Their combined total production for consumption was 97.9 Mt and represented 36 percent of the U.S. total.