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Matt Boyd of Parker Fasteners Interview

Matt Boyd of Parker Fasteners recently sat down with the Traveling Salesman for a quick interview.

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Optimize Pricing and Improve Profitability

From the NAW Blog:

Marketplace pressures continue to evolve and change the competitive landscape, ranging from commoditization to eCommerce to the changing workforce. These factors are beginning to negatively impact the bottom line for many distributors. Distribution is traditionally a thin-margin business to begin with, so these new pressures are challenging many distributors. What is your company’s profitability outlook for the years to come?

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Why "What's your name again?" is so ineffective

By Nancy Friedman: founder and chairman of Telephone Doctor Customer Service Training

There certainly are times when we don’t get a person’s name at the start of the call, or of course, even in person.

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YRC Alaska - Getting Your Freight to the Last Frontier

With YRC Freight, shipping to Alaska is simple.  NFDA members receive a discounted rate with YRC.

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All Integrated Solutions (AIS) Expands into New Distribution Center in Minneapolis-Saint Paul Market

Franksville, WI, March 2, 2021 – All Integrated Solutions (AIS), a division of MSC Industrial Supply Co. (NYSE: MSM), today announced that it has moved into a new distribution center in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minn. metro area. The new facility, located at 10680 Fountains Drive in Maple Grove, covers 52,000 square feet and is 170 percent larger than the company’s previous distribution center in nearby New Brighton.

The new facility features a state-of-the-art warehouse system utilizing narrow aisles, wire-guided material handling equipment and 32-foot ceilings to improve storage efficiency.

“In response to growing customer demand, we are pleased to move into a larger distribution center that can accommodate our warehouse and kitting capacity needs to better serve assembly and manufacturing customers in the Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond,” said AIS President Nick Ruetz.

In addition to the new facility in Maple Grove, Minn., AIS operate eight facilities in Franksville, Wisconsin; Fargo, North Dakota; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Traverse City, Michigan; Connersville, Indiana; Atlanta, Georgia and Monterrey, Mexico.

Field Fastener Ranks Among Highest-Scoring Businesses on Inc. Magazine's Annual List of Best Workplaces for 2021

(May 12, 2021) – Field Fastener has been named to Inc. magazine’s annual list of the Best Workplaces for 2021. The list is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of American companies that have created exceptional workplaces and company culture whether teams are operating in person or remotely.

Collecting data from thousands of submissions, Inc. singled out 429 honorees this year. Each nominated company took part in an employee survey, conducted by Quantum Workplace, on topics including management effectiveness, perks, and fostering employee growth. The organization’s benefits were also audited to determine the company’s overall score and ranking.

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All Integrated Solutions (AIS) Receives Outstanding Quality Award from Motus Integrated Technologies for Second Consecutive Year

Franksville, WI, May 26, 2021 – All Integrated Solutions (AIS), a division of MSC Industrial Supply Co., announced that it has received an Outstanding Quality Award from Motus Integrated Technologies for a second consecutive year. The award recognizes AIS for shipping more than 10,000,000 pieces with zero defects in 2020 to Motus, a Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier of automotive interior products to the world’s automakers.

"Although the global pandemic created many challenges for companies in 2020, the entire AIS team was focused and worked hard to ensure that our customers received best-in-class products and service throughout the year. Being recognized by a leading company like Motus for our efforts is very special and rewarding for our team." stated AIS President Nick Ruetz.

Gilchrist Foundation Scholarship Applications

Applications are now open for the Gilchrist Foundation scholarship!  This scholarship is open to students who are interested in pursuing a career in the fastener industry following graduation, or children who have one or more parents employed in the fastener industry.  Applications are due May 31, 2021.  Click here to learn more and download the application.

IFE partners with Rick Rudolph Associates

We are proud to announce the assignment of Rick Rudolph Associates to promote IFE products in New England.

Rick Rudolph Associates is a Manufacturer’s Representative Agency representing the highest quality manufacturers, master distributors, and importers of the finest products and services to New England’s distributors. Rick Rudolph Associates, based in Melrose, MA, has a team of experts that can provide the resources and solutions you need to get the job done right.

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Gage Bilt Installation Tools Join the Advance Lineup

Advance Components is proud to announce a new partnership with Gage Bilt, a top manufacturer of rivet and lockbolt installation tools and components. Advance will now stock Gage Bilt’s extensive line of pneudraulic, hydraulic and pneumatic tools.

Since 1956, Gage Bilt has been manufacturing economically-priced, heavy duty riveters to install a wide variety of aerospace and commercial fasteners. Gage Bilt tools are ergonomically designed for fast installations, reduced hand fatigue, and simple maintenance. Gage Bilt tools can be used to install fasteners from POP®, Avedel®, Cherry® and Huck®.

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NAW Partners with NFL for PPE

Throughout the pandemic, distributors have proven critical to saving lives and keeping the economy moving by reliably distributing food, medicine, PPE, and other vital supplies to every corner of America. As we enter a new phase where vaccines are making their way into the arms of millions of Americans, our industry has a critical opportunity to step up once again and accelerate the American recovery.

NAW and our member companies are partnering with the National Football League to support mass vaccination sites in stadiums across the country. When fully operational, these sites will have the capacity and vaccine supply provided by FEMA to vaccinate thousands of people each day. NAW is actively building a coalition of distributors who are committed to accelerating the administration of the vaccine and are able to help the NFL secure items needed to operate these mass vaccination sites. 

This week, NAW member companies have begun donating supplies to the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers to support the launch of their vaccination sites; we expect to speak with many of the remaining 30 NFL clubs shortly to understand their needs and connect them with distributors best positioned to meet those needs. 

If you would like to join us and have the ability to donate or serve as a source for purchase for any of the following items, please respond directly to me and NAW’s Chief Business Development Officer Dan Schuberth ([email protected], 732-585-3010):



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SPIROL Launches New Series of Molded-In Aluminum Threaded Inserts for Plastics



SPIROL is pleased to introduce a new, high-performance series of Molded-In Inserts for plastics assemblies. The rugged design of the Series 63 Through Hole Inserts and Series 65 Blind End Inserts consists of multiple bands of helical knurls to maximize torque resistance, balanced with radial undercuts to achieve high pull-out (tensile) force. These Molded-In Inserts are designed to be placed in the mold cavity prior to plastic injection, and offer exceptional performance due to unrestricted plastic flow into the retention features on the outside diameter of the Inserts.

These lightweight, lead-free Threaded Inserts for Plastics are manufactured from 2024 grade aluminum which provides the best combination of strength, corrosion resistance, machinability and cost. The Series 63 and Series 65 Molded-In Inserts are lead free, 40% stronger than brass, and 1/3 the weight of the same Insert manufactured from brass. Standard metric thread sizes include M4, M5, M6, and M8, and standard inch threaded sizes include 8-32, 10-24, 1/4-20, and 5/16-18.


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EFC International Partners with Research Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc. (REMINC)

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – February 18, 2021.

EFC International is pleased to announce its expanded focus on the world-wide distribution of genuine parts made by Research Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc. (REMINC) Authorized Licensees. EFC’s team of application engineers support customers with advanced engineering assistance, direct factory relationships and rapid prototype solutions, as well as extensive value analysis and value engineering services. Matt Dudenhoeffer, President and CEO of EFC, states, “EFC, REMINC and REMINC’s Licensees look forward to this partnership knowing that end-users will benefit from our combined strengths.”

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Buckeye Fasteners Company New Product Alert

DIN Rail is the solution widely used in electrical installations for industrial control applications. Products such as terminal blocks, contactors, and timers are easily and efficiently mounted using DIN Rail.

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Beacon Fasteners & Components Announces Tom Buddenbohn of Budd Sales as Rep

Beacon Fasteners and Components is excited to announce Tom Buddenbohn of Budd Sales as a manufacturers’ representative for the states of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

“With more than 40 years of industry sales experience and technical expertise, Tom will be a great connection to our south-central customer base and a valuable resource to our team,” said Kameron Dorsey, national sales manager at Beacon. “He shares our drive for excellence and is focused on creating outstanding experiences for every customer. We look forward to growing and strengthening these valuable partnerships together.”

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INxSQL Featured in Link Magazine Cover Article

From Link Magazine:

For decades there has been the argument that much of the work taking place in large office spaces could be accomplished from home. Businesses were loath to test the theory for fear that there would be a reduction in employee productivity, but now, out of necessity, more and more businesses are realizing that the opposite is true. Employees are embracing the challenge; with Covid here for the foreseeable future, working from home effectively is one way to help your business survive.

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IFE Americas Partners with R. L. English

IFE Americas is proud to announce that we are now working in cooperation with R.L. English to offer a high quality range of fluid system components with a first class service level.

Marty Nolan runs the R.L. English Co., a manufacturers rep group located in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Marty is a 35 year veteran of the fastener industry and has been involved with several fasteners associations locally and nationally over the years. In 2019, Marty was inducted into the Fastener Hall of Fame. His company covers Ohio and the surrounding states as well as some national accounts. 

S.W. Anderson Company Acquires OEM Fastening Systems

S.W. Anderson Company, a specialty and class C component distributor, has acquired OEM Fastening Systems, a specialty fastener distributor in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

"We're excited to welcome the OEM Fastening Systems employees to the S.W. Anderson family" stated Jim Degnan, president of S.W. Anderson. "OEM's reputation in the southeast U.S. as a customer-focused product expert aligns closely with S.W. Anderson's value proposition. We look forward to working with our new team members to extend our products and services to OEM’s customer base. "

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Buckeye Fasteners Launches Mobile App

Buckeye Fasteners and its affiliated companies have a new mobile app that will give users direct access to five manufacturing plants in North East Ohio:

  • Brainard Rivet
  • Buckeye Fasteners
  • Joseph Industries
  • Ohio Nut & Bolt
  • Plan-E-Tech Tool and Die

You can use it to request a quote and can include your agent if you have one. The app will be useful in the field or in your office.

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Epicor Prophet 21 Offers New Feature Enhancements

Epicor has just released its newest version of Prophet 21. Some of the new enhancements include:

  • Access to Prophet 21 remotely using any device in the P21 Web App
  • Epicor Commerce Connect (ECC) brings you a full line of eCommerce offerings
  • Epicor Rentals Management makes the rentals process more efficient
  • Automate work, increase customer satisfaction, and grow service revenue with Service Pro
  • Process shipping transactions quickly and efficiently with Epicor QuickShip
  • Create budgeting, forecasting, and planning reports/dashboards with Epicor Data Analytics (EDA)
  • Allow each user to create more intuitive reports with Prophet 21 Report Studio

Click here to view the full list