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Steel Prices Fall Sharply

June 11, 2005 From American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.

Structural steel prices have dropped more than $100 per ton since the beginning of 2005, reflecting a 20 percent decrease in the cost of material, according to the American Institute of Steel Construction. The current decrease in price, from a typical price of $618 to $510 per ton of wide flange, is primarily the result of lower scrap costs.

Major U.S. producers of structural steel significantly reduced mill prices of structural steel effective June 8. Inventory of structural material remains high and availability of structural steel is excellent from mills, warehouses and at local fabricators. The current inventory of structural steel exceeds one million tons and delivery to fabricators from warehouses can be accomplished in a matter of days.

At the same time cement supplies are becoming extremely tight with shortages reported in 10 states -- ranging from Florida to Oregon. The Associated General Contractors of America has sounded an alarm regarding the shortage of cement stating "these reports are especially alarming because they come at the beginning of the demand season for cement, meaning more severe problems are almost certain in the near future (AGC News & Views, Volume 2 -- Issue 10,
June 9, 2005)."

In addition, reports from across the country indicate long lead times (often exceeding 12 months) for precast concrete products, particularly double tees.

"Unlike the concrete industry, where costs are increasing, cement is in short supply, and lead times are growing, the structural steel industry is experiencing a period of reduced costs and readily available product," explained John Cross, vice president of marketing for the American Institute of Steel Construction. "Projects utilizing structural steel are gaining the benefits of reduced cost and achievable schedules."

For more information contact:

Scott Melnick
VP of Communications
(312) 670-8314
[email protected]


American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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