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2015 NFDA Annual Meeting
June 10-11, 2015

Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel

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Building the Bridge: The Generation Gap Through the Eyes of Young Fastener Professionals
8:45 - 9:45 am

As Baby Boomers retire, organizations will turn to Gen Xers and especially Millennials to assume many important roles. The transfer of important business and industry knowledge will be critical but challenging, due to the differing lifestyle and workplace expectations between the generations.

Come learn how we can tackle this issue together at this informative session.

Presented by members of the Young Fastener Professionals organization.


Cutting Edge Trends in Warehousing and Delivery
10:00 - 11:15 am

How can you stay ahead of the curve on logistics? At this fast-paced session we’ll provide tips on:

  • Same-day delivery (are Amazon drones really a part of the future?)
  • Canada and Mexico 101
  • Driver shortage
  • Fuel costs
  • Trends in LTL costs
  • Optimization (multi-stop or LTL conversion to volume)
  • Integration (PO management, rates, tracking, API, web services, EDI)
  • GPS tracking (what’s new?)
  • 12 best warehousing ideas (inbound logistics)

Presented by Hannah Cross of Logistics Planning Service


Plating: Current Issues and Products
11:30 am - 12:00 pm

What’s new in plating and coatings?  What do I need to know to make the right application choice?  With 26 years in the metal finishing business, Brian Lowry will provide the answers to these questions and more in this fact-filled program.


  • Overview of traditional coatings
  • Impact of environmental regulations
  • Automotive vs. general industrial
  • Application choices
  • The future


Presented by Brian Lowry of Curtis Metal Finishing.


12:30 - 1:30 pm

Ready for Growth?  An Economic Update

2:00 - 3:30 pm

2015 promises to provide a few scares, but 2016 should see increased levels of demand across a broad swath of industries.  We will discuss the economic realities that portend good news and the need for more capital expenditures, more planning, more labor, and an optimistic view of the future. In this thought-provoking program, Alan Beaulieu from the Institute for Trend Research will cover:

  • What is happening with oil prices?
  • What are the key leading indicators telling us?
  • What is the outlook for some of our top markets?
  • What are the megatrends we all will have to contend with?
  • Will China and Europe present overwhelming economic challenges?
  • When will interest rates start to rise?
  • Will those forecasts directly impact your company?
  • Which of ITR®’s Phase Management Objectives TM apply to your company at this time in the business cycle?

Alan Beaulieu is a principal of the Institute for Trend Research where he serves as President. Since 1990, he has been consulting with companies throughout the US, Europe, and Japan on how to forecast, plan, and increase their profits based on business cycle trend analysis. Alan is also the Senior Economic Advisor to NAW and the Chief Economist for HARDI. Alan is co-author, along with his brother Brian, of the book MAKE YOUR MOVE, and has written numerous articles on economic analysis. 

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