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How Popular Is Concrete?

February 4, 2019

Concrete is everywhere. Its resiliency and relatively low maintenance requirements coupled with its affordability and ability to resist the elements makes it a popular choice for construction projects large and small. Read on to find out how concrete is used throughout the United States.

Did you know that concrete is the second most consumed substance in the world behind water? In fact, the global ready-mix concrete market was valued at nearly $416 billion in 2018, while the value of ready-mix concrete produced in the U.S. is estimated at $35 billion.

What’s more, the ready-mix concrete industry consumes about 75% of the cement shipped in the U.S. Cement, along with sand, stone, and water are combined to create ready-mix concrete. In 2017 alone, the U.S. produced 86.3 million metric tons of cement!

How do we move and produce all that concrete? There are currently around 5,500 ready-mix concrete plants throughout the United States and 55,000 ready-mix concrete trucks in U.S. moving the versatile material from plant to customer.

Learn more about concrete’s use and impact in the infographic below.

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