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Aggregates Production Up 5 Percent in Third Quarter


An estimated 694 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2018, an increase of 5 percent compared with that of the third quarter of 2017. The estimated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2018 was 1.77 billion metric tons (Gt), an increase of 5 percent compared with that of the same period of 2017, according to Jason Willett, crushed stone commodity specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The estimated production for consumption of construction aggregates in the third quarter of 2018 increased in all nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2017.

The five leading states were, in descending order of production for consumption, Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Minnesota. Their combined total production for consumption in the first nine months of 2018 was 497 Mt, an increase of 6 percent compared with that of the same period of 2017.

An estimated 405 Mt of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2018, an increase of 4 percent compared with that of the third quarter of 2017. The estimated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2018 was 1.05 Gt, an increase of 3 percent compared with that of the same period of 2017. 

The estimated production for consumption of crushed stone in the third quarter of 2018 increased in six of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2017.

The five leading states were, in descending order of production for consumption, Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and Illinois. Their combined total production for consumption in the first nine months of 2018 was 337 Mt, an increase of 4 percent compared with that of the same period of 2017 and represented 32 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the third quarter of 2018 was 289 Mt, an increase of 8 percent compared with that of the third quarter of 2017. The estimated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2018 was 720 Mt, an increase of 7 percent compared with that of the same period of 2017. 

The estimated production for consumption of construction sand and gravel in the third quarter of 2018 increased in all nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2017. 

The five leading states were, in descending order of production for consumption, California, Texas, Minnesota, Michigan and Arizona. Their combined total production for consumption in the first nine months of 2018 was 269 Mt, an increase of 14 percent compared with that of the same period of 2017 and represented 37 percent of the U.S. total.

Portland (including blended) cement consumption increased by 4 percent in the third quarter of 2018 compared with that of the third quarter of 2017. Consumption in the first nine months of 2017 increased by 3 percent compared with that of the same period of 2017.