Crushed stone production rises 5% in Q1 2014

| Published on June 2, 2014

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An estimated 222 million metric tons of crushed stone was produced and shipped in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2014, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Crushed stone production in the first quarter of 2014 was up 5 percent from the same period of 2013.

USGS estimates the annual output of crushed stone produced for consumption in the U.S. in 2013 to have been 1.19 billion metric tons, up just slightly from 2012.

The U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped in the first quarter was up 10 percent year over year to 149 million metric tons, while an estimated 370 million metric tons of construction aggregates was shipped and produced in the first quarter of the year — an increase of 7 percent from the first quarter of 2013.

Portland cement shipments were up about 3 percent in the first quarter of 2014, while annual consumption of the material was up approximately 4 percent, compared to 2013, according to the report.

USGS also notes that the levels estimated production-for-consumption of crushed stone in the first quarter of 2014 increased in six of the nine geographic divisions and in 24 of the 46 states for which estimates were made, compared to the same period of 2013.

The five states with the most production for consumption of crushed stone were Texas, Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania, which produced a combined total of 85.5 million metric tons — an increase of 8 percent year over year.

The levels of estimated production-for-consumption of construction sand and gravel in the first quarter of 2014 increased in seven of the nine geographic divisions and in 26 of the 46 states for which estimates were made, compared to the same period of 2013.

The five states with the most production-for-consumption of construction sand and gravel were Texas, California, Washington, Arizona and Colorado, which produced a combined total of 63.9 million tons — up 21 percent from the previous year.

The report also notes the levels estimated production-for-consumption of construction aggregates in the first quarter of 2014 increased in six of the nine of the geographic divisions and in 23 of the 46 states for which estimates were made, compared to the same period of 2013.

The five states with the most production-for-consumption of construction aggregates were Texas, California, Florida, Missouri and Washington, which produced a combined total of 133 million tons — a 17-percent rise compared to the same period of 2013.

To see how much crushed stone was sold or used by producers in each state, click here.

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