38,000 tons of aggregate go into each lane mile of interstate highway.

Without aggregates, there would be no paved streets, roads, sidewalks, airport runways, or railroad beds. More than 94 percent of asphalt pavement and more than 80 percent of a concrete sidewalk is aggregate.

The aggregate industry employs more than 120,000 men and women across the country, and in the year 2000 alone, an approximate total of 2.7 billion metric tons of crushed stone, sand, and gravel, valued at $14.2 billion, were produced and sold in the United States - The aggregate industry is quite literally a backbone upon which our country is built.

 

Pulverized minerals from rock are used in the manufacturing of paint, paper, plastics, vinyl, pharmaceutical, toothpaste, chewing gum, glass, cleansers, and dozens of other everyday household items.

Aggregates are used to purify water, to recycle waste materials and are a principal defense against shoreline erosion.

Using materials from a local quarry or sand and gravel mine near your community significantly reduces the costs to individuals and taxpayers of residential, commercial and industrial building, street, road and highway construction.
Millions of tons of limestone are used every year in agriculture to neutralize the acid caused by rain and other farm inputs.

Buffer areas around aggregate quarry operations, and some areas within them, can be, and are used as wildlife habitats.

In the end, aggregate operation sites can easily be reclaimed and converted to further benefit the community as residential, commercial or industrial properties or for office parks, golf courses, parks, recreation areas, storm water management facilities or farmland.
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