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6 • ROCK products • April 2018 www.rockproducts.com IN THE KNOW An estimated 572 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consump- tion in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2017, an increase of 6 percent compared with that of the same period of 2016, according to Jason Willett, USGS crushed stone commodity specialist. The estimated total output of construction aggregates produced for consumption in 2017 was 2.26 billion metric tons (Gt,) about the same as that of 2016. The estimated production for con- sumption of construction aggregates in the fourth quarter of 2017 increased in seven of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the fourth quarter of 2016. In the fourth quarter, production for consumption increased in 28 of the 43 states for which production estimates of construc- tion aggregates were made. The five leading states in the fourth quarter of 2017 were, in descending order of production, Texas, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. Their combined total production of construc- tion aggregates was 163 Mt, 29 percent of the U.S. total. The estimated total production for con- sumption of construction aggregates in 2017 increased, compared with that in 2016, in 30 of the 50 states for which estimates were made. The five leading states were, in descending order of total annual output for 2017, Texas, California, Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Their com- bined total annual output was 650 Mt, 29 percent of the U.S. total, and a slight decrease compared with that of 2016. An estimated 339 Mt of crushed stone was produced and shipped for con- sumption in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2017, an increase of 4 percent compared with that of the same period of 2016. The estimated total output of crushed stone produced for consumption in 2017 was 1.35 Gt virtually the same as that of 2016. The estimated production for con- sumption of crushed stone in the fourth quarter of 2017 increased in seven of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the fourth quarter of 2016. Production for consumption increased in 29 of the 44 states for which production estimates of crushed stone were made. The estimated U.S. output of construc- tion sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the fourth quarter of 2017 was 233 Mt, an increase of 10 percent compared with that of the same period of 2016. The estimated total output of construction sand and gravel produced for consumption in 2017 was 906 Mt, a slight increase com- pared with that of 2016. The estimated production for consump- tion of construction sand and gravel in the fourth quarter of 2017 increased from fourth quarter 2016 levels in eight of the nine geographic divisions. Pro - duction for consumption increased in 32 of the 43 states for which produc- tion estimates of construction sand and gravel were made. The above estimates are based on information reported to the USGS quarterly sample survey by crushed stone and construction sand and gravel producers. Shipments of portland and blended cement increased by 4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with that of the fourth quarter of 2016. Annual consumption increased slightly in 2017, compared with that of 2016. FAST FACT The estimated total output of construction aggregates produced for consumption in 2017 was 2.26 billion metric tons, about the same as that of 2016. USGS: No Growth in Total Aggregates Production for 2017 The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) held its annual convention just prior to the AGG1 show in Houston, March 3-5. Michael W. Johnson, IOM, NSSGA president and CEO, welcomed NSSGA members to the 2018 Annual Convention on Sunday, March 4. During the Opening General Session, Johnson challenged attendees to take lessons learned from the con - vention to improve their own skills and businesses, and become advocates for Infrastructure for America. NSSGA unveiled a new website, www. infrastructureforamerica.org, that helps people communicate directly with their representatives on Capitol Hill and advocate for a long-term, sus- tainably-funded infrastructure bill. "We are going to be out in force as an industry as never before, and we want to equip you to do the job back home. In between here and the Legislative & Policy Forum, we have to make sure we're engaging with our members of Congress; from the C-Suite, to staff at all levels of a company and their family and communities. We want Congress to hear, loud and clear, about the importance of FAST FACT Producers urged to take les- sons from the convention to improve their own skills and businesses, and become advocates for Infrastructure for America. NSSGA Convention in Houston a Success

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