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St. Louis scrap metal prices

April 15, 2019

St. Louis is a key player in the US’s Midwestern scrap market. The major consumers in St. Louis include US Steel’s Granite works, which makes steel used in the production for tube and pipe. Alton Steel is a primary producer for special bar quality steel (SBQ),  SSAB Montpellier produces steel plate and coil, and Keystone steel and wire produces billet, rod , rebar and industrial wire.  

The St. Louis region can extend as far south as Arkansas, including Nucor and CMC and SDI in Columbus, Mississippi.  Scrap Price Bulletin assesses a broker buying price for prime grades of scrap including no. 1 busheling, no. 1 dealer bundles. Scrap Price Bulletin also assesses pricing for no. 1 and no. 2 heavy melting and plate and structurals, 5 ft. and under, shredded scrap and machine shop turnings

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St. Louis
Prices as of February 5, 2018
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 274.00 275.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 264.00 265.00
No. 1 busheling 339.00 340.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 334.00 335.00
No. 2 bundles 199.00 200.00
Shredded scrap 299.00 300.00
Machine shop turnings 174.00 175.00
Shoveling turnings 174.00 175.00
Cast iron borings 189.00 190.00
No. 1 RR hvy. melting 329.00 330.00
Plate and structurals, 5 ft. and under 284.00 285.00
Unstripped motor blocks 289.00 290.00

Market Reports

Chicago, St. Louis markets down sharply

By Bill Beck - April 8, 2019

Prices in the Chicago and St. Louis regions were off $20 to $30 for April, giving back the $20 bill they increased in March. Spring like weather that encourages the flow of ferrous scrap, coupled with difficulties shipping material by barge to consumers beset by flooding in the Lower Mississippi River Valley left much of Illinois, Indiana and Missouri awash in scrap.