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Birmingham scrap metal prices

October 15, 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 August 14, 2017
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 147.00 148.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 137.00 138.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 324.00 325.00
No. 2 bundles 139.00 140.00
No. 1 busheling 294.00 295.00
Shredded scrap 269.00 270.00
Machine shop turnings 124.00 125.00
Shoveling turnings 124.00 125.00
Cast iron borings 124.00 125.00
Elec. furnace bundles 149.00 150.00
Elec. furnace, 3 ft. and under 151.00 152.00
Plate and structurals, 2 ft. and under 384.00 385.00
Plate and structurals, 4 ft. and under 219.00 220.00
No. 1 RR hvy. melting 264.00 265.00
Rails, random length 254.00 255.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 354.00 355.00
Angles and splice bars 229.00 230.00
Cupola cast 254.00 255.00
Unstripped motor blocks 244.00 245.00

Market Reports

Southern scrap markets jump back up in October on improved buying activity

By Sean Barry - October 10, 2018

Ferrous scrap prices in the South and South East of the country moved up in unison in October after posting losses over the previous two months as a build up in inventories started to ease and volumes into mills and foundries remained high.