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Cement Production in 2010 Lowest in 27 Years

usgsFebruary 21, 2011 – USGS reported its final cement statistics for 2010, and the numbers are awful. In 2010, about 61 million tons of portland cement and 1.8 million tons of masonry cement were produced at 102 plants in 36 States. Cement also was produced at two plants in Puerto Rico. Overall production was the lowest since 1982 and reflected continued plant closures and indefinite idlings. Although the rate of decline abated significantly, sales volumes in 2010 were the lowest in 27 years and were nearly 59 million tons or 45 percent  below the record level of 2005. The overall value of sales was about $6.5 billion. Most of the cement was used to make concrete, worth at least $35 billion. About 73 percent of cement sales went to ready-mixed concrete producers, 12 percent to concrete product manufacturers, 10 percent to contractors (mainly road paving), 2 percent to building materials dealers, and 3 percent to other users. In descending order, Texas, California, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Michigan were the six leading cement-producing states and accounted for about 50 percent of U.S. production. I think everyone would admit that this report is another reason to look forward, because there isn't a heck of a lot to look back upon.