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Aggregates Production Sees Healthy Increase in Third Quarter


An estimated 744 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2019, an increase of 8% compared with that of the third quarter of 2018, according to Jason Willett, crushed stone commodity specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey.

The estimated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2019 was 1.87 billion metric tons (Gt), an increase of 6% compared with that of the same period of 2018. 

An estimated 446 Mt of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2019, an increase of 9% compared with that of the third quarter of 2018. The estimated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2019 was 1.14 Gt, an increase of 8% compared with that of the same period of 2018. 

The estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the third quarter of 2019 was 298 Mt, an increase of 5% compared with that of the third quarter of 2018. The estimated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2019 was 727 Mt, an increase of 3% compared with that of the same period of 2018. 

The above estimates are based on information reported to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on its quarterly sample survey by construction aggregates producers. 

Portland (including blended) cement consumption increased by 7% in the third quarter of 2019 compared with that of the third quarter of 2018. Consumption in the first nine months of 2019 increased by 4% compared with that of the same period of 2018. This information was obtained from the USGS monthly survey of U.S. cement producers. 

The estimated production for consumption of construction aggregates in the third quarter of 2019 increased in eight of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2018. 

The five leading states were, in descending order of production-for-consumption, Texas, California, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Their combined total production for consumption in the first nine months of 2019 was 541 Mt, an increase of 3% compared with that of the same period of 2018.

The estimated production for consumption of crushed stone in the third quarter of 2019 increased in seven of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2018. 

The five leading states were, in descending order of production for consumption, Texas, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. Their combined total production for consumption in the first nine months of 2019 was 380 Mt, an increase of 10% compared with that of the same period of 2018 and represented 33% of the U.S. total. 

The estimated production for consumption of construction sand and gravel in the third quarter of 2019 increased in seven of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2018. 

The five leading states were, in descending order of production for consumption, California, Texas, Minnesota, Michigan and Washington. Their combined total production for consumption in the first nine months of 2019 was 261 Mt, an increase of 3% compared with that of the same period of 2018 and represented 36% of the U.S. total.