Aggregates Manager

June 2014

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U .S. production of construction aggregates in 2012 was 2.18 billion short tons valued at $17.6 billion, free on board (f.o.b.) at plant. In 2012, construction aggregates production remained virtually unchanged from the levels of the last two years because of a very slight increase compared with that of 2011 in the pro- duction of both construction sand and gravel and crushed stone. The average unit value, which is the f.o.b. at the plant price of a metric ton of material, increased slightly. Construction aggregates produc- tion was 36 percent less than and the associated value was 23 percent less than the record highs reported in 2006. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) defines the construction aggregates industry as those com- panies that mine and process crushed stone and construction sand and gravel. The construction aggregates industry is active in all 50 states and con- sists of about 5,400 mining companies that manage more than 10,000 operations. In 2012, the 10 leading construction aggregates-producing states were, in de- scending order of tonnage, Texas, California, Penn- sylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, New York, Indiana, Florida, and Michigan. These 10 states accounted for 45 percent of the national production of construction aggregates, or 975 million short tons. The 25 leading companies, in descending order of construction aggregates production in 2012, follow. These companies controlled 1,810 active operations throughout all 50 states and accounted for 33 percent of the production and 37 percent of the value of construction aggregates in the United States. The 1,810 active operations mined rock from 1,027 crushed stone quarries, 681 construc- tion sand and gravel pits, and 102 sales yards. The 100 largest construction aggregates opera- tions produced 14 percent of the production of construction aggregates. Of the 315 million short tons of construction aggregates produced by these 100 largest operations, 73 percent was limestone and dolomite and 11 percent was construction sand and gravel. Twenty-seven of the 100 largest operations did not report their production or sales to the USGS, and their production was estimated by using em- ployment data provided by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). 2012 production numbers document a second year of incremental growth in the market. L@=F9LAGFK TOP 25 by Jason Christopher Willett Construction Aggregates Producers TOP PRODUCERS • 7

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