Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico in July 2016 were about 8.1 million metric tons (Mt), down by nearly 13 percent from sales in July 2015, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. Although sales in July have typically been less than those in June, in 2013 through 2015 July sales were higher; the July 2016 sales may represent a return to normal consumption patterns.
The leading producing states for portland and blended cement in July 2016 were Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Michigan, in descending order, and these accounted for 41 percent of the national total. The leading cement-consuming states (Texas, California, Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania, in descending order) received 37.5 percent of the July shipments. Sales for January through July totaled 51.9 Mt, up by 3.7 percent from the volume in the same period in 2015.
Clinker production totaled 6.9 Mt in July 2016, down slightly from the output in July 2015. The leading clinker producing states in July were, in descending order, Texas, Missouri, California, Florida and Alabama. Production for January through July totaled 43.1 Mt, up slightly from the same period in 2015.
Masonry cement shipments of about 207,000 metric tons in July 2016 were down by 8.0 percent from those in July 2015. The leading masonry cement consuming states were, in descending order, Florida, Texas, California, North Carolina and Georgia; these received about 53 percent of July’s shipments. Shipments for January through July were 1.4 Mt, up by 5.9 percent from shipments in the same period in 2015.