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Birmingham scrap metal prices

June 11, 2018

Birmingham is well known for their large and rich deposits of coal, iron ore and limestone; three main ingredients in the production of steel. It has also been referred to as the “Pittsburgh of the South.” Birmingham is home to many mills and manufacturers, including Nucor Steel, US Pipe, CMC Steel, US Steel and McWane Inc. among others.

Birmingham, Alabama is a broker’s buying market that represents 19 steel and iron scrap grades with historical prices online dating back to 1995 in the south region of the United States. Scrap Price Bulletin offers pricing and trends on the following metals in the Birmingham market: No. 1 heavy melting, No. 2 heavy melting, No. 1 dealer bundles, No. 2 bundles, No. 1 busheling, shredded scrap, machine shop turnings, shoveling turnings, cast iron borings, electric furnace bundles, electric furnace 3 ft. and under, plate and structurals 2 ft. and under, plate and structurals 4 ft. and under, No. 1 RR heavy melting, rails random length, rails 2 ft. and under, angles and splice bars, cupola cast, and unstripped motor blocks


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Prices as of April 10, 2017
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 137.00 138.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 127.00 128.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 314.00 315.00
No. 2 bundles 139.00 140.00
No. 1 busheling 279.00 280.00
Shredded scrap 259.00 260.00
Machine shop turnings 124.00 125.00
Shoveling turnings 124.00 125.00
Cast iron borings 124.00 125.00
Elec. furnace bundles 149.00 150.00
Elec. furnace, 3 ft. and under 151.00 152.00
Plate and structurals, 2 ft. and under 374.00 375.00
Plate and structurals, 4 ft. and under 209.00 210.00
No. 1 RR hvy. melting 264.00 265.00
Rails, random length 254.00 255.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 354.00 355.00
Angles and splice bars 229.00 230.00
Cupola cast 254.00 255.00
Unstripped motor blocks 244.00 245.00

Market Reports

Southern scrap markets mixed bag in June

By Sean Barry - June 13, 2018

Ferrous scrap prices in the South and South East of the country experienced different fortunes in June as prices held at May numbers across the board in Birmingham and South Carolina, while many grades in Houston faced downside pressure as brokers who sell into the Mississippi River market were quoted lower prices by river mills.