Railroad Aggregates Volumes Down in January

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail volumes for January 2024. U.S. railroads originated 1,025,168 carloads in January 2024, down 7.2%, or 79,725 carloads, from January 2023. U.S. railroads also originated 1,206,014 containers and trailers in January 2024, up 5.5%, or 63,195 units, from the same month last year. Combined U.S. carload and intermodal originations in January 2024…

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USGS Releases Updated ‘Top 100 Producers Of Crushed Stone’

The U.S. Geological Survey just released its updated list of the “Top 100 Producers Of Crushed Stone In The United States.” The listing includes data available through Oct. 31, 2023. In descending order of tonnage produced, the top 100 companies, based on final 2022 production numbers are: THE TOP 100 PRODUCERS OF CRUSHED STONE IN THE UNITED STATES   2022…

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USGS Finalizes 2022 Production Data

The United States Geological Survey reported that throughout the United States in 2022, a total of 1,400 companies operating 3,585 quarries and 333 sales/distribution yards produced crushed stone and 3,360 companies operating 6,500 pits and 292 sales/distribution yards produced construction sand and gravel. A total of 2.49 billion metric tons (Gt) of construction aggregates (construction sand and gravel plus crushed…

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Mineral Commodities Update

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports U.S. mine and plant production data for 16 selected mineral commodities that are provided on a monthly (or quarterly) basis to the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System (FRS), for use in preparing its index of industrial production and the related capacity indexes and capacity utilization rates. In the aggregates industry we of course…

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USGS Releases Mineral Commodity Summaries 2024

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) just released its Mineral Commodity Summaries 2024¬†publication, an annual information source that offers capsule summaries of specific mineral commodities in the United States, including crushed stone, and sand and gravel. In its initial capsule summary, USGS notes that in 2023, the estimated total value of nonfuel mineral production in the United States was $105 billion,…

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2024 Outlook/Forecast

Aggregates Industry Looks To Make Gains As Projects Move Forward. By Mark S. Kuhar and Josephine Patterson Since President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law Nov. 15, 2021, states have committed federal funds to support more than 56,000 eligible transportation improvements in all 50 states during the last two years, spanning nearly every U.S.…

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Rail Traffic for Aggregate Products Down in November

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic volumes for November 2023. U.S. railroads originated 1,128,573 carloads in November 2023, down 0.0%, or 102 carloads, from November 2022. U.S. railroads also originated 1,279,906 containers and trailers in November 2023, up 5.0%, or 60,486 units, from the same month last year. Combined U.S. carload and intermodal originations in November…

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PACA Inducts Chaplin, Martin to Hall of Fame

The Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association, Pennsylvania’s leading voice for the crushed stone, ready mixed concrete, sand and gravel, and cement industries, inducted two dedicated members into its Ambassadors of the Industry Hall of Fame. This brings the Hall of Fame to over 100 inductees since its start in 2000.The members of the 2023 Hall of Fame class are: Jerry…

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Mineral Commodity Summaries

Snapshots Of The Crushed Stone, Sand And Gravel, Industrial Sand, Cement, Gypsum And Lime Markets The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates the annual output of construction aggregates produced for consumption in 2022 was 2.44 Gt, unchanged from that of 2021, according to Jason Christopher Willett, commodity specialist. The estimated annual output of crushed stone produced for consumption in 2022 was…

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