Data recently released by the United States Geological Service shows 124,158 tons of cement were shipped to the state during the month of September 2021. Cement shipments grew 12.8% over the same period in 2020. For the first nine months of 2021, the state has seen volumes increase 13.3% over the first nine months of 2020. Portland Limestone Cement use continues to rise across the state with 18.7% of the cement shipments being PLC for the month.
Looking to ready mix volumes, we estimate 459,757 cubic yards of concrete were placed during the month. The yardage was a 6.2% decline from ready mix yardage in August 2021.
Reviewing residential construction, data released by the University of Alabama projects 15,286 homes have been started through October 2021. This is a 13.6% increase for the same period in 2020. Alabama lags behind the South region which has seen a 23% jump for the period. Huntsville leads the state with 3,822 starts for the year.