Aluminum Trailers

It’s officially summer and that means camping, fairs, rodeos, and farmer’s markets. But, what do all of these activities have in common? Trailers. And not just trailers, but aluminum trailers.

There are a few different types of aluminum trailers: travel trailers, toy haulers, horse/livestock trailers, cargo trailers, and food/concession truck trailers.

aluminum travel trailerTravel Trailers

Hitting the open road or escaping to the mountains any time soon? Many RVs, campers, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, and pop-up trailers have some sort of aluminum used in the body. Whether it is a frame made from extrusions and beams or the exterior shell made of sheet, aluminum is a light-weight material that makes it easier to haul behind a vehicle.

Toy Haulers

Heading up to a race track or hauling your four wheeler up to the mountains this weekend? A toy hauler makes it easy. Many toy haulers feature an all-aluminum frame as well as an aluminum sheet constructed roof and sides.

Aluminum Horse TrailersHorse/Livestock Trailers

Do you plan on attending any rodeos this summer? Chances are pretty high that the animals were hauled in an all-aluminum constructed horse/livestock trailer. An all-aluminum construction gives the trailer durability and keeps them lightweight. Both are positive attributes when dealing with larger animals.

Cargo Trailers

Fairs, carnivals, and city celebrations tend to have their fair share of pop-up stages, rides, and games. While you are busy checking out all these attractions, take a look around. You are bound to also find an abundance of cargo and utility trailers. Cargo trailers are largely constructed of aluminum because it is lightweight and durable. Cargo trailers can also be used for many different jobs.

aluminum food truck

Photo Credit: John Bule, “Bite into Maine food truck” 2014

Food/Concession Truck Trailers

Many events you will attend this summer are bound to have a food truck or concession truck. It is also possible the truck is constructed of aluminum. Because many food truck/concession stand owners want to be able to be on the go and travel wherever they please, they look for low-cost and durability. This makes aluminum the perfect material to use for these types of trucks.

For more information on how OFR Metals serves the truck trailer industry, download our handout. You can also talk to your local sales representative to find the best material for your project.

June 2016 ONI Insight: Market Indicators

The government reported that employers only added 38,000 workers in May. This is a significant slow-down in hiring that could possibly push back a decision by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. The official unemployment rate, however, dropped to 4.7%, from 5% the previous month.

May’s job totals were affected by the more than 35,000 Verizon workers who were on strike and classified as unemployed by the Labor Department. They are expected to return to work this week.

The U.S. Department of Labor finalized a regulation that will significantly increase the number of salaried workers eligible for overtime compensation under federal law on May 18. An overview of the rule can be found in the June issue of the ONI Insight Guide below.

U.S. manufacturing activity expanded for a third consecutive month in May, however growth in new orders continued to slow as factories dealt with sluggish overseas demand and weak capital spending in the energy sector. Construction spending recorded its biggest decline in more than five years in April as spending fell broadly, which could result in economists lowering their second-quarter growth estimates.

The Architectural Billings Index for April registered at 50.6, down from the mark of 51.9 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services as any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings. The new projects inquiry index was 56.9, down from the 58.1 reading in March.

The May Purchasing Managers Index registered 51.3%. This is an increase of 0.5 percentage points from the April reading of 50.8%. The New Orders Index registered 55.7%, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the April reading of 55.8%. The Production Index read 52.6%, 1.6 percentage points lower than the previous month’s reading.

For more information about what is going on in the metals market contact your local sales rep. You can also view the ONI Insight Guide June 2016 below.