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Birmingham scrap metal prices

November 20, 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 September 19, 2016
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 62.00 63.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 52.00 53.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 199.00 200.00
No. 2 bundles 59.00 60.00
No. 1 busheling 159.00 160.00
Shredded scrap 189.00 190.00
Machine shop turnings 49.00 50.00
Shoveling turnings 49.00 50.00
Cast iron borings 69.00 70.00
Elec. furnace bundles 54.00 55.00
Elec. furnace, 3 ft. and under 66.00 67.00
Plate and structurals, 2 ft. and under 294.00 295.00
Plate and structurals, 4 ft. and under 124.00 125.00
No. 1 RR hvy. melting 194.00 195.00
Rails, random length 184.00 185.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 284.00 285.00
Angles and splice bars 159.00 160.00
Cupola cast 189.00 190.00
Unstripped motor blocks 159.00 160.00

Market Reports

Southern markets trend sideways in November, prime dips $10

By Sean Barry - November 15, 2017

Ferrous scrap prices in the South and South East were flat in November, with the exception of prime grades that came under further downside pressure amid healthy material flows and slack demand.