June 13, 2017
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) issued its Crushed Stone Statistics and Information report stating that, during 2016, 3,700 quarries, 82 underground mines, and 187 sales and distribution yards in the United States produced 1.48 billion tons of crushed stone valued at more than $16.2 billion, an increase of more than 11 percent over 2015. The leading producer states, which accounted for more than half of the total crushed stone produced in descending order of production, include Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, and New York. Approximately 70 percent of the crushed stone was limestone and dolomite; 13 percent was granite; 6 percent was traprock; 5 percent was miscellaneous stone; 4 percent was sandstone and quartzite; and the remaining 2 percent was divided, in descending order of tonnage, between marble, volcanic cinder and scoria, calcareous marl, slate, and shell. During the first six months of 2016, the estimated crushed stone output shipped for consumption in the lower 48 states was 648 million tons, an increase of 11 percent over the same period of 2015. Second quarter shipments for consumption increased by 6 percent over the same period of 2015.
The USGS issued its Construction Sand and Gravel Statistics and Information report stating that construction sand and gravel production increased nearly 8 percent in 2016, from 937 billion tons in 2015 to 1,010 billion tons valued at $8.9 billion in 2016. It was produced by an estimated 6,300 operations owned by 4,100 companies and government agencies in the U.S. Leading producer states were, in order of decreasing tonnage, Texas, California, Michigan, Minnesota, Utah, Washington, New York, Arizona, Ohio, and Colorado, which accounted for approximately 55 percent of total output. An estimated 443 million tons of construction sand and gravel was shipped for consumption in the U.S. in the first 6 months of 2016, which was 8 percent higher than the 410 million tons estimated for the same period in 2015.