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Birmingham scrap metal prices

January 13, 2020

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 November 5, 2018
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 177.00 178.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 167.00 168.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 314.00 315.00
No. 2 bundles 159.00 160.00
No. 1 busheling 284.00 285.00
Shredded scrap 304.00 305.00
Machine shop turnings 134.00 135.00
Shoveling turnings 134.00 135.00
Cast iron borings 134.00 135.00
Elec. furnace bundles 159.00 160.00
Elec. furnace, 3 ft. and under 161.00 162.00
Plate and structurals, 2 ft. and under 404.00 405.00
Plate and structurals, 4 ft. and under 249.00 250.00
No. 1 RR hvy. melting 299.00 300.00
Rails, random length 279.00 280.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 374.00 375.00
Angles and splice bars 249.00 250.00
Cupola cast 269.00 270.00
Unstripped motor blocks 259.00 260.00

Market Reports

Strong demand and tight supply boosts ferrous scrap again in Jan

By Sean Barry - January 13, 2020

The North American ferrous market started the New Year with a bang as prices rose $30 per gross ton across the board in nearly all areas of the country amid strong buying activity by domestic steel mills and inventories remained under pressure.