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Birmingham scrap metal prices

February 11, 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 December 4, 2017
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 117.00 118.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 107.00 108.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 274.00 275.00
No. 2 bundles 99.00 100.00
No. 1 busheling 244.00 245.00
Shredded scrap 239.00 240.00
Machine shop turnings 94.00 95.00
Shoveling turnings 94.00 95.00
Cast iron borings 94.00 95.00
Elec. furnace bundles 119.00 120.00
Elec. furnace, 3 ft. and under 121.00 122.00
Plate and structurals, 2 ft. and under 354.00 355.00
Plate and structurals, 4 ft. and under 189.00 190.00
No. 1 RR hvy. melting 234.00 235.00
Rails, random length 224.00 225.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 324.00 325.00
Angles and splice bars 199.00 200.00
Cupola cast 224.00 225.00
Unstripped motor blocks 214.00 215.00

Market Reports

Southern markets hold steady in Feb, primes dip $10

By Sean Barry - February 13, 2019

General market report for Birmingham and Houston
Prices for obsolete grades in the south of the country held in their ranges in February amid robust demand from domestic and overseas buyers, while prime grades lost $10 on weaker buying activity.