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6 • ROCK products • July 2018 www.rockproducts.com IN THE KNOW The estimated U.S. output of construc- tion aggregates produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter of 2018 was 422 million metric tons (Mt), a slight increase compared with that of the same period of 2017, according to Jason Willett, crushed stone commodity specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The estimated annual output produced for consumption in 2017 was 2.26 billion metric tons (Gt), a slight increase compared with the annual output for 2016. The estimated production-for-con- sumption of construction aggregates in the first quarter of 2018 decreased in six of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the first quarter of 2017. The largest increase in percentages was recorded in the Pacific and Mountain divisions. Pro- duction-for-consumption decreased in 23 of the 40 states that were estimated. The five leading states were, in descending order of produc- tion-for-consumption, Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and Arizona. Their combined total production-for-con- sumption was 143 Mt and increased by 9 percent when compared with that of the same period of 2017. An estimated 256 Mt of crushed stone was produced and shipped for con- sumption in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2018, a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2017. The estimated annual output produced for consumption in 2017 was 1.35 Gt, a slight decrease compared with 2016. The estimated production-for-con- sumption of crushed stone in the first quarter of 2018 decreased in six of the nine geographic divisions com- pared with that sold or used in the first quarter of 2017. Production-for-con- sumption decreased in 29 of the 44 states for which estimates were made. The five leading states were, in descending order of production-for-con- sumption, Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. FAST FACT The estimated annual output produced for consumption in 2017 was 2.26 billion met- ric tons. Aggregates Production Rises Slightly in First Quarter

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