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Birmingham scrap metal prices

July 15, 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 May 7, 2018
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 217.00 218.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 207.00 208.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 334.00 335.00
No. 2 bundles 199.00 200.00
No. 1 busheling 304.00 305.00
Shredded scrap 344.00 345.00
Machine shop turnings 184.00 185.00
Shoveling turnings 184.00 185.00
Cast iron borings 184.00 185.00
Elec. furnace bundles 199.00 200.00
Elec. furnace, 3 ft. and under 201.00 202.00
Plate and structurals, 2 ft. and under 444.00 445.00
Plate and structurals, 4 ft. and under 289.00 290.00
No. 1 RR hvy. melting 328.00 330.00
Rails, random length 309.00 310.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 404.00 405.00
Angles and splice bars 279.00 280.00
Cupola cast 304.00 305.00
Unstripped motor blocks 294.00 295.00

Market Reports

Chicago Digs In; Markets Sideways in St. Louis, South

By Bill Beck - July 11, 2019

When a consortium of Detroit-area mills announced early the week of July 4th that they would be buying ferrous scrap for July at a $10 discount to June prices, everyone expected that Chicago would quickly follow suit.