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First Quarter 2011 Aggregates Production Flat


By Mark S. Kuhar

An estimated 332 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the first quarter of 2011, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Jason Willets, crushed stone commodity specialist, noted that the amount was essentially unchanged when compared with the same period of 2010.


An estimated 205 million Mt of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of almost 2 percent compared with that of the same period of 2010.

The estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter of 2011 was 127 million Mt, a decrease of 3 percent compared with that of the same period of 2010.

The estimated production-for-consumption of construction aggregates in the first quarter of 2011 increased in three of the geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the first quarter of 2010.

The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the West South Central (4 percent), the Mountain (3 percent) and the South Atlantic (2 percent) divisions.

Production-for-consumption decreased in 25 of the 48 states that were estimated. The five leading states, in descending order of production-for-consumption, were Texas, California, Florida, Pennsylvania and Missouri. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 109 million Mt and increased 4 percent when compared with that of the same period of 2010.

Crushed Stone
The estimated production-for-consumption of crushed stone in the first quarter of 2011 increased in six of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the first quarter of 2010.

The largest increases were recorded in the Mountain (22 percent), the Pacific (4 percent) and the West South Central (3 percent) divisions.

Production-for-consumption increased in 28 of the 46 states that were estimated. The five leading states, in descending order of production-for-consumption, were Texas, Florida, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 70.5 million Mt and represented an increase of 3 percent compared with first quarter 2010.

Sand and Gravel
The estimated production-for-consumption of construction sand and gravel in the first quarter of 2011 decreased from first quarter 2010 levels in eight of the nine geographic divisions.

The largest decreases in percentages were recorded in the New England (19 percent), the West North Central (7 percent) and the East North Central (6 percent) divisions.

Production-for-consumption decreased in 31 of the 46 states that were estimated. The five leading states, in descending order of production-for-consumption, were Texas, California, Arizona, Louisiana and Utah. Their combined totalproduction-for-consumption was 46.5 million Mt, a slight decrease compared with first quarter 2010.