The Value of the Aggregates Industry To America

  • During the past 60 years, per capita consumption of aggregates has increased from 3.5 metric tons per year to over 10 tons annually—that is just over 22,000 lbs. for every man, woman and child in America each year!
  • Production of aggregates in the U.S. went from about 351 million metric tons in 1940 to approximately 2.9 billion metric tons in 2005 valued at $17 billion.
  • Every state, virtually every Congressional District and 70% of the nation’s counties are home to an aggregates operation.
  • Construction of an average size school or hospital requires 15,000 tons of aggregates.
  • Aggregates make up 94% of asphalt and 80% of concrete.
  • Aggregates production accounts for more than half of the non-fuel mining volume in the United States.
  • Only about 1% of the construction aggregates used annually in the United States is imported.
  • Individual crushed stone quarries range in size from operations producing less than 50,000 tons annually to those with production of more than 10 million tons.

Source: National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association

 

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