Patterns of Production

June 1, 2021 – The U.S. Geological Survey released its first-quarter 2021 production data, which saw sand and gravel production out-performing crushed stone production, a trend that has been evident for the past few quarters. Overall, the estimated U.S. output of construction aggregates produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter of 2021 was 464 million metric tons (Mt), a slight increase…

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Aggregates Production Down Slightly in 2020; Up in Fourth Quarter

An estimated 606 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 3% compared with that of the same period of 2019. The estimated annual output of construction aggregates produced for consumption in 2020 was 2.43 billion metric tons (Gt), a slight decrease compared with that of 2019,…

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Mineral Commodity Summaries Released

Feb. 4, 2021 – The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) just released its 2021 Mineral Commodity Summaries report. In 2020, 1.46 billion tons of crushed stone valued at more than $17.8 billion was produced by an estimated 1,410 companies operating 3,440 quarries and 180 sales and (or) distribution yards in 50 states. Leading states were, in descending order of production, Texas, Missouri, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, Virginia,…

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Everything’s Bigger in Texas

May 28, 2020 – Digging a little deeper into the latest U.S. Geological Survey quarterly report, we find that Texas once again leads the nation in crushed stone, and sand and gravel production. In the first quarter of the year, Texas produced 40,600,000 metric tons of crushed stone, and 23,000,000 metric tons of construction sand and gravel, for a total of 63,600,000 metric tons of total…

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Non-Metallic Minerals on the Rise

Feb. 7, 2020 – The first indication of the vibrancy of the U.S. non-metallic minerals market just came in. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released its 2020 Mineral Commodity Summaries publication, in which it gives, among other things, its first, preliminary look at 2019 U.S. aggregates production. According to the publication, total aggregates production was approximately 2.5 billion metric tons (Gt), an increase of approximately…

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