USGS: Crushed stone consumption up 13 percent in first quarter

By |  June 13, 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

Crushed stone saw a 13 percent increase in consumption when compared to the first quarter of 2018. Photo by Kevin Yanik

The estimated U.S. output of construction aggregate produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter of 2019 was 449 million metric tons (Mt), an increase of 9 percent compared with that of the same period of 2018, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports.

Compared with 2018, the estimated production-for-consumption of construction aggregate in the first quarter increased in five of the nine geographic divisions USGS tracks. Production-for-consumption increased in 25 of 39 states USGS measures. The five leading states were, in descending order of production for consumption: Texas, Florida, California, North Carolina and Arizona.

Crushed stone

Crushed stone production for consumption was also up in the first quarter, according to USGS.

An estimated 281 Mt of crushed stone were produced and shipped for consumption in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2019, representing a 13 percent increase from the prior year.

The estimated production for consumption in the first quarter increased in six of the nine geographic divisions, USGS says.

Production for consumption increased in 28 of the 45 states for which crushed stone estimates were made. The five leading states were, in descending order of production for consumption: Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Sand and gravel

Construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption, meanwhile, was an estimated 168 Mt, representing a 3 percent increase.

The estimated production for consumption of construction sand and gravel in the first quarter increased in five of the nine geographic divisions. Production for consumption increased in 22 of the 42 states, the USGS says. The five leading states were, in descending order of production for consumption: Texas, California, Arizona, Washington and Florida.

Estimates are all categories based on information reported in USGS’s quarterly sample survey of construction aggregate producers.

Joe McCarthy

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Joe McCarthy is an Associate Editor of Pit and Quarry Magazine. You can contact him at jmccarthy@northcoastmedia.net and at 216-363-7930.

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