Ready Mixed Concrete Production Statistics
U.S. Ready Mixed Concrete Production through
The Ready Mixed Concrete
Industry supplies a valuable construction product to the transportation,
building sector, residential and other construction markets. The industry is
composed of varying sized family owned business to multi-national corporations.
Since it is a perishable product ready mixed concrete production facilities are
located in numerous metropolitan and rural locations and typically within 60 to
90 minutes travelling distance from any construction project.
It is estimated that there are about
5,500 ready mixed concrete plants that produce the product and about 55,000
ready mixed concrete mixer trucks that deliver it to the point of placement.
The ready mixed concrete industry
consumes about 75% of the cement shipped in the US. Besides portland and blended
cement it uses a large quantity of industrial byproduct material that would
otherwise be considered waste products. These include fly ash from the coal
burning power plants, slag from the manufacture of iron and silica fume from the
silicon/ferro-silicon metal industry.
NRMCA estimates the volume of ready
mixed concrete produced in the US using some validated assumptions and the data
on cement shipments reported by the US Geological Survey of the US Department of
The value of ready mixed concrete
produced by this industry in the US is estimated at $35 billion.