US aggregate production slightly down in third quarter 2017

By |  December 11, 2017

Construction aggregate production was down in the third quarter of 2017 according to USGS. Photo by Kevin Yanik

An estimated 656 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregate were produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2017, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports.

The 656 Mt represents a slight decrease compared with that of the third quarter of 2016.

The estimated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2017 was 1.69 billion metric tons (Gt), a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2016.

The estimated production for consumption of construction aggregate in the third quarter of 2017 decreased in four of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2016.

Production for consumption decreased in 21 of the 39 states for which estimates were made. The five leading states were, in descending order of production for consumption, Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. Their combined total production for consumption was 184 Mt, a decrease of 3 percent compared with that of 2016.

Crushed stone
Additionally, an estimated 387 Mt of crushed stone were produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2017.

The 387 Mt represents a slight decrease compared with that of the third quarter of 2016.

The estimated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2017 was 1.01 Gt, a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2016.

The estimated production for consumption of crushed stone in the third quarter of 2017 decreased in four of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2016.

Production for consumption decreased in 23 of the 44 states for which estimates were made. The five leading states were, in descending order of production for consumption, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and Illinois. Their combined total production for consumption was 120 Mt, a decrease of 4 percent compared with that of the same period of 2016 and represented 31 percent of the U.S. total.

Sand and gravel
Also, the estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the third quarter of 2017 was 269 Mt. That figure is virtually unchanged compared with that of the third quarter of 2016.

The estimated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2017 was 673 Mt, a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2016.

The estimated production for consumption of construction sand and gravel in the third quarter of 2017 decreased in five of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2016.

Production for consumption decreased in 23 of the 43 states for which estimates were made. The five leading states were, in descending order of production for consumption, California, Minnesota, Texas, Michigan and Washington. Their combined total production for consumption was 101 Mt, a slight increase compared with that of the same period of 2016 and represented 38 percent of the U.S. total.

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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