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Birmingham scrap metal prices

August 13, 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 June 12, 2017
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 127.00 128.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 117.00 118.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 304.00 305.00
No. 2 bundles 129.00 130.00
No. 1 busheling 274.00 275.00
Shredded scrap 249.00 250.00
Machine shop turnings 114.00 115.00
Shoveling turnings 114.00 115.00
Cast iron borings 114.00 115.00
Elec. furnace bundles 139.00 140.00
Elec. furnace, 3 ft. and under 141.00 142.00
Plate and structurals, 2 ft. and under 364.00 365.00
Plate and structurals, 4 ft. and under 199.00 200.00
No. 1 RR hvy. melting 254.00 255.00
Rails, random length 244.00 245.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 344.00 345.00
Angles and splice bars 219.00 220.00
Cupola cast 244.00 245.00
Unstripped motor blocks 234.00 235.00

Market Reports

Oversupply depresses Southern scrap markets in August

By Sean Barry - August 15, 2018

Ferrous scrap prices in the South and South East of the country continued to lose ground in August as robust demand was overpowered by a surge supply.