US aggregates output up in second quarter

The production of American construction aggregates increased in the second quarter of 2015, with more than 1.1 billion tons produced in the quarter.

According to the United States Geological Survey, production of construction aggregates had a 5 percent increase in the second quarter compared to the same period a year ago. The total aggregates produced and shipped for consumption was also up in the second quarter as 669 million tons of aggregates were produced for a 3 percent raise.

Production for consumption was up in 24 of the 43 states were the survey was conducted. Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio led the way as the top aggregate consumers.

Crushed stone production saw a 5 percent increase in the second quarter of 2015, with 396.8 tons of the aggregate produced and shipped out across the country. Meanwhile, the production for consumption was up 6 percent to 649 million tons. Production for consumption was up in 32 of the 46 states in the survey, with Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky leading the race and representing 32 percent of the US total.

The USGS also reported in their second quarter industry survey that 272 million tons of construction sand and gravel was produced and shipped for consumption for a slight increase over a year ago, and 446 million tons of it was produced in total – a four percent increase over a year ago. California, Texas, Michigan, Minnesota and Arizona led the way for sand and gravel consumption, as it was up in 24 of the 45 states surveyed,

It wasn’t all good news from the survey, however. The total consumption of construction aggregates was down in four of the nine geographical divisions – the West South Central, West North Central and Mountain divisions saw the largest decreases. Consumption of crushed stone decreased in the West North Central and Pacific divisions.

And and gravel consumption was down in five divisions, with the heaviest losses coming in the West South Central and Mountain Divisions.

View the full state-by-state and region-by-region breakdown at USGS’s website.

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