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Detroit scrap metal prices

November 11, 2019

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 and cast iron borings.

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.

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Prices as of September 4, 2018
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 189.00 190.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 239.00 240.00
No. 1 busheling 287.00 288.00
Shredded scrap 242.00 243.00
Plate and structurals, 5 ft. and under 220.00 221.00
Machine shop turnings 129.00 130.00
Shoveling turnings 129.00 130.00
Cast iron borings 189.00 190.00
Cupola cast 244.00 245.00
Automobile cast 244.00 245.00
Stainless (processor/brokers' buying prices)
18-8 bundles and solids 1,375.00 1,425.00
18-8 turnings 1,275.00 1,325.00
430 bundles and solids 430.00 450.00

Market Reports

Detroit and Hamilton markets up a solid $20

By Bill Beck - November 11, 2019

What was perhaps most surprising about the November settlement was the uniformity of the $20 price increase. In the week before NorthStar Bluescope Steel announced it would pay $20 more across the board than it did in October, speculation in the ferrous scrap community was that price increases would be stronger in the South and weaker in the Midwest and Ohio Valley.