USGS: Construction aggregates production increases

By |  May 27, 2016

usgs-logo-greenThe estimated U.S. output of construction aggregates produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter of 2016 was 443 million metric tons, an increase of 16 percent compared with that of the first quarter of 2015, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports. The estimated annual output produced for consumption in 2015 was 2.27 billion metric tons, an increase of 6 percent compared to 2014.

The estimated production-for-consumption of construction aggregates in the first quarter of 2016 increased in seven of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the first quarter of 2015, with the largest increases in percentages recorded in New England, the Middle Atlantic and the South Atlantic divisions. In addition, production-for-consumption increased in 32 of the 43 states that were estimated, with the five leading states being Texas, California, Florida, Missouri and Georgia. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 145 million metric tons, an increase of 11 percent compared to the first quarter of 2015.

An estimated 270 million metric tons of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of 21 percent compared to the first quarter of 2015. According to USGS, the estimated annual output produced for consumption in 2015 was 1.33 billion metric tons, an increase of 7 percent compared to 2014.

The estimated production-for-consumption of crushed stone in the first quarter of 2016 increased in all nine of the geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the first quarter of 2015. The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the New England and South Atlantic divisions, and production-for-consumption increased in 37 of the 46 states that were estimated. The leading states were Texas, Florida, Missouri, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Finally, the estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter of 2016 was 173 million metric tons, an increase of 10 percent compared to the same period in 2015. According to USGS, the estimated annual output produced for consumption in 2015 was 937 million metric tons, an increase of 4 percent compared with the annual output for 2014.

The estimated production-for-consumption of construction sand and gravel in the first quarter of 2016 increased from the first quarter levels in 2015 in seven of the nine geographic divisions, with the largest increases recorded in the New England and Middle Atlantic divisions. Production-for-consumption increased in 31 of the 45 states that were estimated, with the five leading states being Texas, California, Washington, Arizona and Colorado. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 66 million metric tons, which was about equal to the first quarter of 2015, USGS reports.

According to USGS, the quarterly sample survey generates production-for-consumption estimates based on information reported voluntarily by a limited number of producing companies.

Allison Barwacz

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Allison Barwacz is the digital media manager for North Coast Media (NCM). She completed her undergraduate degree at Ohio University where she received a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She works across a number of digital platforms, which include creating e-newsletters, writing articles and posting across social media sites. She also creates content for NCM's Portable Plants magazine, GPS World magazine and Geospatial Solutions. Her understanding of the ever-changing digital media world allows her to quickly grasp what a target audience desires and create content that is appealing and relevant for any client across any platform.

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