First quarter growth for aggregate and cement

There were double-digit gains for sand and gravel, crushed stone and portland cement shipments during the first quarter of 2016 the US Geological Survey reports.

Year-over-year 2016 first quarter were: sand & gravel, 173 million metric tonnes, up 10%; crushed stone, 270 million tonnes, up 21%; and, portland cement, up 14%.

US Geological Survey figures reflect production-for-consumption estimates of construction aggregates (sand and gravel plus crushed stone) across nine geographic divisions and a majority of states.

On that metric, 2016 Q1 sand & gravel figures increased in seven divisions over 2015 Q1, with New England and Middle Atlantic showing the largest percentage increases.

Leading states in descending order for 2016 Q1 production-for-consumption were Texas, California, Washington, Arizona and Colorado.

Estimated 2016 Q1 crushed stone production-for-consumption increased in all nine geographic divisions, New England and South Atlantic showing the largest percentage increases. Leading states in descending order of stone output were Texas, Florida, Missouri, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

In its 2016 Mineral Industry Surveys series, USGS also provides estimated aggregates shipment totals for 2015: sand and gravel, 937 million tonnes, up 4% over 2014; and, crushed stone, 1.33 billion tonnes, up 7% over 2014.

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