The United States Aggregate Industry:
- The aggregates industry in the United States of America is a major economic driver of our economy, contributing $37.5 billion dollars to the GDP (gross domestic product).
- Nearly two-thirds of the non-fuel minerals mined in the United States are aggregates crushed stone, sand, and gravel.
- Currently, over 10,000 construction aggregate operations can be found throughout our country.
- The aggregates industry provides over 115,000 good-paying jobs for men and women across the US. For every $1,000,000 in aggregate sales, 19.5 jobs are created.
- During the average lifetime of every man, woman and child born in the United States, each will require 1.64 million pounds of aggregates (crushed stone, sand & gravel).
- The current annual consumption rate of aggregate in the United States is in excess of 22,000 pounds for every living man, woman and child.
- Every state, virtually every Congressional District, and 70 percent of our nation’s counties are homes to an aggregate operation.
- An estimated 38,000 tons of aggregate are necessary to construct one mile of lane of interstate highway.
- An average-sized hospital or school requires 15,000 tons of aggregate to construct.
- Construction of an average modern home requires 400 tons of aggregate.
- Production of aggregates in the United States went from approximately 350 million metric tons in 1940 to over 2.66 billion metric tons in 2003.
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