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Birmingham scrap metal prices

October 14, 2019

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 bundlesNo. 1 busheling, shredded scrap, machine shop turningsplate and structurals 5 ft. and under.


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Prices as of August 6, 2018
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 197.00 198.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 187.00 188.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 334.00 335.00
No. 2 bundles 179.00 180.00
No. 1 busheling 304.00 305.00
Shredded scrap 324.00 325.00
Machine shop turnings 164.00 165.00
Shoveling turnings 164.00 165.00
Cast iron borings 164.00 165.00
Elec. furnace bundles 179.00 180.00
Elec. furnace, 3 ft. and under 181.00 182.00
Plate and structurals, 2 ft. and under 424.00 425.00
Plate and structurals, 4 ft. and under 269.00 270.00
No. 1 RR hvy. melting 309.00 310.00
Rails, random length 289.00 290.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 384.00 385.00
Angles and splice bars 259.00 260.00
Cupola cast 284.00 285.00
Unstripped motor blocks 274.00 275.00

Market Reports

Supply glut pushes market down again in October

By Sean Barry - October 9, 2019

North American ferrous scrap prices continued to face heavy downside pressure in October as a slew of maintenance outages and sloppy export trade exacerbated an oversupply of material in the market.