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Birmingham scrap metal prices

May 22, 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 March 21, 2016
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 37.00 38.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 27.00 28.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 169.00 170.00
No. 2 bundles 29.00 30.00
No. 1 busheling 94.00 95.00
Shredded scrap 164.00 165.00
Machine shop turnings 24.00 25.00
Shoveling turnings 24.00 25.00
Cast iron borings 44.00 45.00
Elec. furnace bundles 29.00 30.00
Elec. furnace, 3 ft. and under 41.00 42.00
Plate and structurals, 2 ft. and under 269.00 270.00
Plate and structurals, 4 ft. and under 99.00 100.00
No. 1 RR hvy. melting 169.00 170.00
Rails, random length 159.00 160.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 259.00 260.00
Angles and splice bars 139.00 140.00
Cupola cast 169.00 170.00
Unstripped motor blocks 140.00 141.00

Market Reports

Prices essentially sideways in Birmingham market for May

By John Ambrosia - May 10, 2017

On the heels of decreases in April, markets in the Birmingham and the South in general picked up some strength again in May, essentially moving sideways on nearly all grades.