Production

Aggregate production up sharply in the third quarter


Production of crushed stone for consumption rose 4 percent in the third quarter, according to the US Geological Survey. Photo: P&Q Staff

An estimated 731 million metric tonnes of construction aggregate were produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of this year, reports the US Geological Survey (USGS).

This tonnage represents a 4% increase over Q3 2020 production. The USGS estimate is based on information reported to the agency during its quarterly survey of construction aggregate producers. .

Additionally, the USGS states that total production estimated for total consumption in the first nine months of 2021 was 1.90 billion metric tonnes. This mark represents a 5% increase from the first nine months of 2020.

Third-quarter 2021 aggregate production increased in seven of nine geographic divisions according to USGS measurements. The top five aggregate producing states in the third quarter were Texas, California, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. Their combined total production for consumption was 220 million metric tonnes, an increase of 6 percent from the third quarter of 2020.

crushed stone

According to the USGS, approximately 436 million metric tonnes of crushed stone were produced and shipped for consumption in the third quarter of this year. This mark represents an increase of 4% compared to the third quarter of 2020.

The estimated production of crushed stone for consumption in the first nine months of 2021 was 1.14 billion metric tons, an increase of 3% from the same period of 2020.

Production of crushed stone for consumption in the third quarter increased in seven of nine geographic divisions according to USGS measurements. The top five crushed stone producing states were Texas, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Ohio. Their combined total production for consumption was 152 million metric tonnes, an increase of 4% from the same period of 2020.

Sand and gravel

Estimated U.S. production of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the third quarter of 2021, meanwhile, was 294 million metric tonnes, an increase of 4% from the third quarter of 2020.

Production of sand and gravel for consumption in the first nine months of the year was 753 million metric tonnes, an increase of 7 percent from the first nine months of 2020.

In the third quarter, sand and gravel production increased in four of nine geographic divisions measured by the USGS from the third quarter of 2020. The top five producing states of sand and gravel in the third quarter of 2021 were California , Texas, Minnesota and Michigan. and Arizona. Their combined total production for consumption was 102 million metric tonnes, a slight increase from the same period of 2020.

Portland cement

Portland cement consumption also increased slightly in the third quarter of 2021 compared to the third quarter of 2020. Consumption in the first nine months of the year increased by 4%.