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Ohio’s Mineral Resources Valued at More Than $1.5 Billion


Ohio’s mineral resources produced more than $1.5 billion worth of geologic commodities in 2018, according to a newly released report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The total value of all nonfuel industrial minerals exceeded $1 billion for the fifth straight year.

“Wages were up for nearly all commodities this year,” said Mike Angle, division chief and state geologist. “Ohio’s mineral industries continue to help drive the economy, and workers in this sector are reaping the benefits of this productivity in the form of higher wages.”

The nonfuel industrial minerals sector saw several positive developments in employment. Total employment in this sector was up by 11%. The report also reveals increases in both average and total wages for numerous commodities, including sand and gravel, clay and shale, and salt.

Compiled by the ODNR Division of Geological Survey, the 2018 Report on "Ohio Mineral Industries: An Annual Summary of the State’s Economic Geology," provides information regarding the production, value and employment totals of Ohio’s various mineral industries. Some highlights include:

  • Mineral industries produced resources worth $134 per Ohioan.
  • Production for limestone and dolomite increased by 4.7%.
  • Production decreased for coal, sand and gravel, salt, sandstone and conglomerate, and clay and shale.
  • A dedicated staff of inspectors, geologists, and support staff helps ODNR regulate the responsible extraction of Ohio’s natural resources, including oil and natural gas, limestone, coal, salt, and more. Part of ODNR’s regulatory responsibility is to catalog annually Ohio’s extractive industries.

Published yearly, the report offers basic information about individual mines and groups of mines, as well as detailed geologic information about coal and industrial minerals, along with extensive references. The report is a useful tool for researching mineral extraction activities throughout the state.

The report also includes appendices listing company information for each of the operators who reported industrial-mineral sales and/or production in 2018.

An electronic version of the report and accompanying appendices are available for download at geosurvey.ohiodnr.gov.