Cement Shipments and Ready Mix Yardage for June 2017 Pull Back
Data recently released by the USGS for cement shipments show a sharp decline in June 2017 in comparison to June 2016. Tonnage contracted by 14% versus the same period in 2016. Shipments to the state have now declined for 3 consecutive months. The drop for June exceeded the sharp decline in May of 10%. The very wet summer has caused 2017 tonnage to fall 3% behind 2016 for the first six months of the year. Many ready mix producers have a back log on the books as a result of the wet weather, but we will need a strong six months to duplicate the 2016 tonnage.
Translating the cement tonnage to ready mix volume, an estimated 333,361 cubic yards of concrete was placed during the month. It is estimated that 2,000,000 cubic yards were placed in the state during the first six months.
Residential Building Permits Mixed Message
Data released by the University of Alabama show single family building permits issued across the state in July grew by nearly 19% over July 2016. However, permits issued in July were 8% lower than the June totals. Montgomery, Dothan, and Mobile were three bright spots when comparing July to June numbers. The markets also equaled or exceeded the permits issued for July 2016. Homebuilder sentiment across the country remains historically high, but did slip 3 points to 64 in the September poll.
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