US aggregate consumption continues upward trend in second quarter 2019

By |  September 20, 2019
The top 20 sand and gravel producers in the nation accounted for nearly 270 million metric tons in 2016, USGS reports. Photo: Kevin Yanik

Production of both crushed stone and sand and gravel was up in the second quarter of 2019. Photo by Kevin Yanik

An estimated 680 million metric tons (Mt) of construction aggregate were produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the second quarter of 2019, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports.

The 680 Mt is a 3 percent increase compared with the second quarter of 2018.

The mark comes on the heels of a first quarter in which aggregate production was up 9 percent compared with the first quarter of 2018.

For the second quarter of 2019, the five states producing the most aggregate for consumption were Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio. Their combined total production for consumption was 198 Mt and represented 29 percent of the U.S. total.

Overall, aggregate production for consumption in the first six months of the year increased 5 percent compared with the first six months of 2018.

Crushed stone

Of the 680 Mt of total construction aggregate produced for consumption in the second quarter, 406 Mt was crushed stone. The mark represented an increase of 4 percent compared with the second quarter of 2018.

The five leading crushed stone-producing states were Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida, Missouri and North Carolina. Their combined total production for consumption in the second quarter was 135 Mt and represented 33 percent of the U.S. total.

Crushed stone production for consumption in the first six months of 2019 was up 8 percent compared with the first half of 2018.

Sand and gravel

In sand and gravel, the estimated U.S. output produced and shipped for consumption in the second quarter was 273 Mt. That’s a slight increase compared with the second quarter of 2018.

The five leading sand and gravel-producing states were Texas, California, Arizona, Minnesota and Michigan. Their combined total production for consumption was 101 Mt and represented 37 percent of the U.S. total.

Sand and gravel production for consumption in the first six months of 2019 also increased slightly compared with the first half of 2018.

About the data

The estimates above are based on information reported to USGS on its quarterly sample survey of aggregate producers.

Kevin Yanik

About the Author:

Kevin Yanik is the editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry magazine. Yanik can be reached at 216-706-3724 or kyanik@northcoastmedia.net.

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