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Birmingham scrap metal prices

July 17, 2017

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 May 16, 2016
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 112.00 113.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 102.00 103.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 254.00 255.00
No. 2 bundles 109.00 110.00
No. 1 busheling 194.00 195.00
Shredded scrap 244.00 245.00
Machine shop turnings 99.00 100.00
Shoveling turnings 99.00 100.00
Cast iron borings 119.00 120.00
Elec. furnace bundles 104.00 105.00
Elec. furnace, 3 ft. and under 116.00 117.00
Plate and structurals, 2 ft. and under 344.00 345.00
Plate and structurals, 4 ft. and under 174.00 175.00
No. 1 RR hvy. melting 239.00 240.00
Rails, random length 229.00 230.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 329.00 330.00
Angles and splice bars 204.00 205.00
Cupola cast 234.00 235.00
Unstripped motor blocks 205.00 206.00

Market Reports

Prime moves up $10 in Birmingham, other grades sideways

By Sean Barry - July 12, 2017

Prime grades of ferrous scrap gained $10 in July as a slowdown in automotive production keeps the market snug and demand remains steady.