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Birmingham scrap metal prices

November 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 September 4, 2018
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 177.00 178.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 167.00 168.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 324.00 325.00
No. 2 bundles 159.00 160.00
No. 1 busheling 294.00 295.00
Shredded scrap 304.00 305.00
Machine shop turnings 144.00 145.00
Shoveling turnings 144.00 145.00
Cast iron borings 144.00 145.00
Elec. furnace bundles 159.00 160.00
Elec. furnace, 3 ft. and under 161.00 162.00
Plate and structurals, 2 ft. and under 404.00 405.00
Plate and structurals, 4 ft. and under 249.00 250.00
No. 1 RR hvy. melting 299.00 300.00
Rails, random length 279.00 280.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 374.00 375.00
Angles and splice bars 249.00 250.00
Cupola cast 269.00 270.00
Unstripped motor blocks 259.00 260.00

Market Reports

Tighter supply pushes ferrous scrap up $20 in Nov

By Sean Barry - November 11, 2019

North American ferrous scrap prices rebounded in November as diminished supply following sharp price drops over the past two months drove numbers $20 per gross ton higher across the board in most regions.