By the Numbers

Departments - By the Numbers

November 8, 2012
CDR Staff


// Scrap Iron RMDAS
No. 1 Heavy Melt Steel Pricing
(Per Gross Ton for No. 1 HMS scrap)


Reported United States aggregated spot market prices per gross ton shown for each commodity are based on all Management Science Associates’ (MSA) Raw Material Data Aggregation Service (RMDAS) participants’ actual order data submitted to and processed by MSA as of the 20th of each respective “buy month,” rounded to the whole integer. A map of RMDAS regions is available at, as is a further explanation of RMDAS methodology and an accompanying disclaimer.
No. 1 HMS defined as prepared obsolete scrap, 5 feet long and under. Additional pricing information on each grade can be found at
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// Stone and Aggregate Pricing
Construction Sand and Gravel­ - Washed, Screened or Otherwise Treated
(Bureau of Labor Statistics Price Index*)

Aug. 2011
Sept. 2011
Oct 2011
Nov. 2011
Dec. 2011
Jan. 2012
Feb. 2012
March 2012
April 2012
May 2012
June 2012
July 2012
Aug 2012


*Index is based on 1982 average price as 100
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


The expansion of wood pellet capacity in the U.S. South in the past few years has enabled the U.S. to export more pellets than Canada, making it the largest exporter in the world. Export volumes are forecasted to increase from an estimated 1.5 million tons in 2012 to 5.7 million tons in 2015, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review,