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Detroit scrap metal prices

August 13, 2018

Detroit, Michigan is a broker buying market central to the United States steel manufacturing market.  

Scrap Price Bulletin produces steel and iron prices for no. 1 heavy melting, no. 1 dealer bundles, no. 1 busheling, shredded scrap, plate and structural, 5 ft. and under, machine shop turnings, shoveling turnings, cast iron borings, cupola cast, and automobile cast.

Our reporters assess pricing in 18 major markets in the North American ferrous scrap markets each week, talking to a broad sample of market participants involved in the buying and selling of steel and iron scrap. In addition to material pricing, Scrap Price Bulletin publishes regional market reports each month for Detroit that detail specific transactions and viewpoints in each region. Detroit’s market report and pricing are reported and updated consistently and with the latest data and pricing information each week.

Geographically nearby, Chicago, Cleveland and Hamilton, Ontario are also covered in depth by Scrap Price Bulletin’s reporters for pricing and regional market reports, giving you a complete view of the US Northern Midwest and Canadian scrap markets as they often relate to each other.

Scrap Price Bulletin publishes more than 50 steel and iron scrap price grades and reports on 18 major North American ferrous scrap markets.  Click here to visit the about our prices page or to find additional steel scrap terms, visit the glossary page.

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Prices as of June 12, 2017
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 144.00 145.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 209.00 210.00
No. 1 busheling 257.00 258.00
Shredded scrap 197.00 198.00
Plate and structurals, 5 ft. and under 180.00 181.00
Machine shop turnings 134.00 135.00
Shoveling turnings 134.00 135.00
Cast iron borings 159.00 160.00
Cupola cast 184.00 185.00
Automobile cast 184.00 185.00
Stainless (processor/brokers' buying prices)
18-8 bundles and solids 900.00 925.00
18-8 turnings 800.00 825.00
430 bundles and solids 235.00 255.00

Market Reports

Detroit down $20 on cut grades, $10 on prime grades

By Bill Beck - August 15, 2018

After two straight months of prime grades up $10 and cut grades sideways, Detroit dropped back from its summer plateau. Prime grades were off $10 in the Motor City, while cut grades dropped $20. An oversupply of plate and structural in the lower Great Lakes markets pushed 5-foot P&S down $25 in Detroit.