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Birmingham scrap metal prices

September 16, 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 July 9, 2018
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 197.00 198.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 187.00 188.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 334.00 335.00
No. 2 bundles 179.00 180.00
No. 1 busheling 304.00 305.00
Shredded scrap 324.00 325.00
Machine shop turnings 164.00 165.00
Shoveling turnings 164.00 165.00
Cast iron borings 164.00 165.00
Elec. furnace bundles 179.00 180.00
Elec. furnace, 3 ft. and under 181.00 182.00
Plate and structurals, 2 ft. and under 424.00 425.00
Plate and structurals, 4 ft. and under 269.00 270.00
No. 1 RR hvy. melting 309.00 310.00
Rails, random length 289.00 290.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 384.00 385.00
Angles and splice bars 259.00 260.00
Cupola cast 284.00 285.00
Unstripped motor blocks 274.00 275.00

Market Reports

Ferrous scrap hammered back down in Sept on oversupply

By Sean Barry - September 10, 2019

North American ferrous scrap prices more than gave back their gains from the previous month in September amid a plethora of steel mill maintenance outages and a glut of material.