Flatbed markets

Steel’s struggles affect flatbed demand
Steel’s struggles affect flatbed demand

According to the Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users, which represents more than 30,000 companies in the manufacturing sector, unfilled orders for steel in the last quarter were at the highest level in five years, while inventories were near a 3.5-year low based on data from the Census Bureau.

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Home construction offers clues for flatbed trends
Home construction offers clues for flatbed trends

For flatbed carriers looking to gauge future demand in the building and construction industry, the Home Builders Housing Market Index (HMI) is based on a monthly survey of the National Association of Home Builders members, designed to take the pulse of the single-family housing market.

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Flatbed market loses steam
Flatbed market loses steam

Some of the steam appears to be going out of the booming home building market, which has been the main driver being high flatbed volumes for loads of building material and lumber in recent months.

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