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Birmingham scrap metal prices

September 18, 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 July 18, 2016
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 82.00 83.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 72.00 73.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 254.00 255.00
No. 2 bundles 79.00 80.00
No. 1 busheling 194.00 195.00
Shredded scrap 209.00 210.00
Machine shop turnings 69.00 70.00
Shoveling turnings 69.00 70.00
Cast iron borings 89.00 90.00
Elec. furnace bundles 74.00 75.00
Elec. furnace, 3 ft. and under 86.00 87.00
Plate and structurals, 2 ft. and under 314.00 315.00
Plate and structurals, 4 ft. and under 144.00 145.00
No. 1 RR hvy. melting 214.00 215.00
Rails, random length 204.00 205.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 304.00 305.00
Angles and splice bars 179.00 180.00
Cupola cast 209.00 210.00
Unstripped motor blocks 179.00 180.00

Market Reports

Markets mainly sideways in September on sudden rise in scrap flows

By Sean Barry - September 13, 2017

Due to the impact of Hurricane Irma on some of Scrap Price Bulletin’s operations, a portion of our normal services have been affected. For this reason, some of our market reports have been condensed into one market roundup this month. We apologize for any inconvenience.