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Birmingham scrap metal prices

February 20, 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 December 12, 2016
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 107.00 108.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 97.00 98.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 239.00 240.00
No. 2 bundles 104.00 105.00
No. 1 busheling 199.00 200.00
Shredded scrap 224.00 225.00
Machine shop turnings 99.00 100.00
Shoveling turnings 99.00 100.00
Cast iron borings 99.00 100.00
Elec. furnace bundles 114.00 115.00
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 244.00 245.00
Rails, random length 234.00 235.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 334.00 335.00
Angles and splice bars 209.00 210.00
Cupola cast 234.00 235.00
Unstripped motor blocks 209.00 210.00

Market Reports

Scrap prices sideways in the South on softer export market

By Sean Barry - February 14, 2018

Ferrous scrap prices were largely sideways in the South and South East of the country in February as sluggish export activity helped keep a lid on any potential upside movement.