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Birmingham scrap metal prices

May 20, 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 March 12, 2018
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 202.00 203.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 192.00 193.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 324.00 325.00
No. 2 bundles 184.00 185.00
No. 1 busheling 294.00 295.00
Shredded scrap 329.00 330.00
Machine shop turnings 174.00 175.00
Shoveling turnings 174.00 175.00
Cast iron borings 174.00 175.00
Elec. furnace bundles 189.00 190.00
Elec. furnace, 3 ft. and under 191.00 192.00
Plate and structurals, 2 ft. and under 434.00 435.00
Plate and structurals, 4 ft. and under 274.00 275.00
No. 1 RR hvy. melting 319.00 320.00
Rails, random length 299.00 300.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 394.00 395.00
Angles and splice bars 269.00 270.00
Cupola cast 294.00 295.00
Unstripped motor blocks 284.00 285.00

Market Reports

Scrap prices continue to book losses in May on supply glut

By Sean Barry - May 10, 2019

The ferrous scrap market in the United States logged further losses in May as mills pared back buy programs due to numerous maintenance outages and scrap flows continued to surge amid slack export trade and a booming industrial sector.