New York Minerals Industry
Minerals Industry Report for New York
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In 2007, New York’s nonfuel raw mineral production was valued at $1.53 billion, based upon annual U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) data. This was a $198 million, or nearly 15%, increase from the total value for 2006, which was up by $44.5 million, or 3.4%, from 2005 to 2006. The State was 16th in rank (17th in 2006) among the 50 States in total nonfuel mineral production value, of which the State accounted for 2.2% of the U.S. total value.
The leading nonfuel mineral commodities were crushed stone, salt, and construction sand and gravel, listed in order of decreasing value. These commodities made up 72% the total nonfuel mineral production value, and, when combined with portland cement, zinc, and common clay, made up more than 96% of New York’s total value. The sizable increase in the State’s mineral industry value was owing to increases in the value of salt, up $143 million; zinc, up $43.3 million; and construction sand and gravel, up $41.9 million. Whereas the unit value of salt declined by 4.8%, the production quantity increased 63%, resulting in the significant rise in value for the commodity. Contrastingly, the unit value of construction sand and gravel rose by 23% with a modest decrease in production of 4.8%. A significant increase in value also took place in dimension stone, up $2.95 million. Crushed stone remained the State’s leading commodity, despite a $10.9 million decrease in value, though it did experience a 9.7% increase in unit value. The largest decreases in value took place in portland cement, down $14 million; crushed stone (discussed above); and wollastonite, of which New York is the sole producing State. Significant decreases in value also took place in common clay, masonry cement, crude gypsum, and peat, listed in descending order of change (table 1).
In 2007, New York continued to be the only wollastonite producing State in the Nation. New York was the second leading producer of industrial garnet in terms of quantity produced (first in 2006) of the three producing States as well as second in peat sales (up from third in 2006). The State remained third in the production of salt, fourth of five producing States in crude talc, tenth in common clay, and twelfth in masonry cement. New York rose in rank from 9th to 7th in dimension stone production and from 13th to 12th in the production of construction sand and gravel. Additionally, the State remained fifth in zinc production and dropped from 12th to 14th in portland cement production. Significant amounts of industrial sand and gravel, crushed stone, and cadmium were also produced. New York produced raw steel and primary aluminum, feeds for which were obtained from foreign and/or other domestic sources. For the second consecutive year, the State ranked sixth in the production of aluminum among 11 producing States.