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Stone Production Strong in First Quarter


The estimated U.S. output of construction aggregates produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter of 2014 was 370 million metric tons (Mt), an increase of 7 percent compared with that of the same period of 2013, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. “The revised estimated annual output produced for consumption in 2013 was 2.03 billion metric tons (Gt), still a slight increase compared with the reported annual output for 2012,” said Construction Aggregates Commodity Specialist Jason Willett.

An estimated 222 Mt of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the first quarter of 2014, an increase of 5 percent compared with that of the same period of 2013. The estimated annual output produced for consumption in 2013 was 1.19 Gt, a slight increase compared with the reported annual output for 2012.

The estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter of 2014 was 149 Mt, an increase of 10 percent compared with that of the same period of 2013. The revised estimated annual output produced for consumption in 2013 was 847 Mt, an increase of 4 percent compared with the reported annual output for 2012.

The estimated portland cement consumption increased by 3 percent in the first quarter of 2014 compared with that of the first quarter of 2013 and increased by 4 percent for 2013 compared with annual consumption in 2012. This information is obtained from the USGS monthly survey of U.S. cement producers.

The estimated production-for-consumption of construction aggregates in the first quarter of 2014 increased in six of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the first quarter of 2013. The largest increases were recorded in the Mountain and Pacific divisions.

Production-for-consumption increased in 23 of the 43 states that were estimated. The five leading states were, in descending order of production-for- consumption, Texas, California, Florida, Missouri and Washington. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 133 Mt and increased 17 percent when compared with that of the same period of 2013.
The estimated production-for-consumption of crushed stone in the first quarter of 2014 increased in six of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the first quarter of 2013. The largest increases were recorded in the Mountain and New England divisions.

Production-for-consumption increased in 24 of the 46 states that were estimated. The five leading states were, in descending order of production-for-consumption, Texas, Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 85.5 Mt and represented an increase of 8 percent compared with that in the first quarter of 2013.

The estimated production-for-consumption of construction sand and gravel in the first quarter of 2014 increased from first quarter 2013 levels in seven of the nine geographic divisions. The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the Pacific and Mountain divisions.

Production-for-consumption increased in 26 of the 46 states that were estimated. The five leading states were, in descending order of production-for-consumption, Texas, California, Washington, Arizona and Colorado. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 63.9 Mt, an increase of 21 percent compared with that in the first quarter of 2013.