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Lakes Limestone Trade Up Nearly 19 Percent in August

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,991,471 tons in August, an increase of 18.6 percent compared to a year ago. August’s loadings were also nearly 12 percent ahead of the month’s 5-year average.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 3,358,064 tons, an increase of 21.4 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 633,407 tons, a slight increase over a year ago.

Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 16,626,332 tons, an increase of 0.7 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings out of Michigan and Ohio quarries total 13,642,900 tons, an increase of 3.4 percent. Shipments from Ontario quarries total 2,983,432 tons, a decrease of 10 percent.