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Ian Clarke appointed as President of General Fasteners Company

LIVONIA, MI, September 3, 2019 – General Fasteners Company (GFC), a full-service distributor of fasteners and assembly components for manufacturers, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Clarke as President of General Fasteners Company and General Fasteners de México.

Ian comes to GFC with over 35 years of success in the fastener distribution and manufacturing industries. His impressive credentials align with GFC’s Board of Directors’ objective of creating a culture of growth based on superior customer service and operational excellence.

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EFC International Launches Power BI, Linked to SAP and CRM

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI. September 12, 2019 - Engineered fastener and components distributor, EFC International, continues to “Redefine the World of Distribution”, exhibited in part by the company’s recent implementation of Power BI (from Microsoft). Power BI is linked to their internal SAP operating system and CRM software.

EFC has been at the leading edge of the industrial distribution industry, embracing and implementing advanced innovative technology and digital transformation. Matt Dudenhoeffer, CEO, stated “EFC’s implementation of Power BI provides our team with a powerful business analytics tool that delivers real-time interactive dashboards customized to our business strategy and performance metrics. Our SAP and CRM systems are incredibly versatile in enabling customized reports for our suppliers and customers, and now we can take that a step further with interactive visualizations through a simple interface.”

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EFC International Swing Couplings - Improve Your Production Costs

EFC International provides safe and high quality swing couplings for hydraulic, pneumatic, vacuum, gas, chemical fluid and water applications. The swing couplings are manufactured with the latest technologies to provide production methods that achieve efficiency, increase plant safety, improve productivity and save costs for industrial connections.

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Rotor Clip: Celebrating 10 Years of Wave Springs with one TINY announcement

We're celebrating 10 years of manufacturing the world's best Wave Springs this summer with one TINY announcement!
Rotor Clip's proud to announce that we are able to produce wave springs as small as 3mm O.D.!

(That's .118 inches)

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Press Ball Valves from Midland Industries

 

Midland Industries is happy to announce our new Press Ball Valves are coming soon. The Press Ball Valves will be ready to ship on August 1st.

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Gilchrist Foundation Awards Scholarships

The Gilchrist Foundation has awarded three scholarships from the 2019 applicants. Congratulations to the recipients. We wish them well and are pleased to assist them with their education.

They are as follows and their sponsoring companies:

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NFDA awards scholarship for Fastener Training Week

The National Fastener Distributors Association (NFDA) recently awarded a scholarship for Fastener Training Week, an advanced fastener technical training program produced by the Fastener Training Institute, to Jeffrey Boushell, an outside sales representative for Wurth Revcar (Roanoke, Virginia).

Jeff’s supervisor, Jamie Farrell, says, “Jeff hit the ground running just over 12 months ago, capitalizing upon his sales training and experience from previous jobs. His intuitive mechanical abilities have allowed him to become an immediate asset to his existing customers. However, in the highly competitive fastener market, we want Jeff to stand out from the crowd.

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Würth Announces Partnership with The Fastener Training Institute

Würth Industry North America is pleased to announce its exclusive partnership with The Fastener Training Institute as the 2019 "Sustaining Sponsor" of FTI. This new level of sponsorship will help FTI fund both existing programs and develop the new content needed to grow. The generous support of Würth will be acknowledged throughout the year at FTI classes, webinars and industry events.

"We are excited to partner with FTI to ensure we provide the next generation of engineers and technicians with the knowledge they need to support their companies' growth and innovation", said Dan Hill, Chief Executive Officer for Würth Industry North America. "Würth prides itself on a long history of engineering expertise and appreciates FTI providing high quality fastener training for the industry."

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New Product Available - Fir Tree Cable Ties

Advanced Cable Ties is proud to announce the release of another high-quality product manufactured in the USA at its headquarters in Gardner, Massachusetts.

The market has spoken and ACT has once again delivered an innovative approach to an existing idea.  Engineers in many industries have asked for a Fir Tree Push-Mount Cable Tie with superior holding power.

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Assembled Products, Inc earns recognition as a John Deere “Partner-level Supplier,” Hall of Fame Supplier, and Supplier of the Year

Assembled Products, Inc has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2018, and was inducted into the Supplier Hall of Fame and Enterprise Supply Management Supplier of the Year in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating. Hall of Fame status is given after a supplier attains a Partner-level rating for five consecutive years. The Urbandale-based company was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. Company employees accepted the recognition during formal ceremonies held on April 16th in Davenport, IA.

Assembled Products, Inc is a supplier of Consolidation and Assembly Services to John Deere’s operation throughout North America.

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IFE Announces Newly Redesigned Website

IFE Americas recently announced the release of their newly updated website, saying:

"After a couple of months planning, we are delighted to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website.  We wanted a new website to better collaborate with our customers and distribution partners. We hope you like the fresh new look of the IFE Americas website, and the improved navigation that will allow you to find the product information you need quickly and easily."

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Würth Revcar Fasteners Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Würth Revcar Fasteners, Inc. is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a leading distributor of fasteners, industrial components and vendor-managed inventory. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) benefit from the completely transparent, data-driven vendor-managed inventory program of their fasteners and industrial components with Revcar.

On March 10 1969, Revcar, a regional fastener supply store, was founded by Jim Revercomb, Sr. and Jack Carter in Roanoke, Va. A couple of years into the venture, Carter left and Revercomb took over the entirety of the growing business. Looking to expand throughout Virginia, Revcar cultivated a customer base north and east of Roanoke. They opened another branch in Richmond, VA in 1983 to better serve these customers. Just five years later, it was recognized as a master distributor by top proprietary lines like ESNA, Greer, Tinnerman, Huck, Heyco, and others. During this time, Revcar began its foray into vendor-managed inventory, contracting with OEMs to provide their fasteners.

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Rotor Clip Product Spotlight: Flat Wire Single-Turn Wave Springs

Infographic: Single-Turn Wave Springs vs. Stamped Wave Washers

One of the most common questions our Engineering team gets is customers wanting to know the difference between Rotor Clip's Single-Turn Wave Springs and traditional Stamped Wave Washers.

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Mid-America Fittings - An Addition to Midland Metal's Growing Distribution Platform

Midland Metal Mfg. is excited to announce the acquisition of Mid-America Fittings, Inc. (“MAF”). MAF will be part of a growing distribution platform that includes Anderson Metals, LLC (“Anderson”), Midland Metal Mfg. (“Midland”), and Buchanan Rubber Ltd. (“Buchanan”). The platform is a leading North American manufacturer and distributor of valves, fittings, hoses, couplings, and related products to a variety of end-markets.

"The acquisition of MAF bolsters our capabilities as a leading platform within the specialty distribution and manufacturing arena,” said Vince Hodes, CEO of the platform. “We welcome Scott Shane to the team and look forward to leveraging MAF’s industry expertise and unique manufacturing capabilities, which will allow us to become a one-stop-shop solution for our customers’ stock and custom needs.”

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Nautic Partners Announces Acquisition of LindFast Solutions Group in Partnership with Management

Nautic Partners, LLC (“Nautic”) is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of LindFast Solutions Group (“LindFast”), in partnership with LindFast management.

Headquartered in Blaine, MN, LindFast is a master distributor of specialty fasteners in the North American market serving a broad base of national, regional, and local distribution customers through its metric (Lindstrom) and imperial (Stelfast) product brands. As a master distributor, LindFast provides an important link in the fastener supply chain by offering a deep inventory as a “virtual warehouse” of approximately 130,000 low volume, slow moving SKUs that distribution customers need quickly but are non-economical to inventory and source themselves. These SKUs represent high‐touch, specialty products that can be difficult to source due to their unique length, diameter, thread pitch, metal choice, or finish. In addition to sourcing unique product and providing virtual warehouse services, LindFast provides its distribution customers a range of value‐added services such as break bulk, packaging, kitting, plating, coating, and guaranteed stock programs, among others.

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Introducing the New and Improved Sherex Website!

We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new Sherex website! It has been completely overhauled from top to bottom with additional product listings and a completely new navigation system, designed to help you find the optimal fastener. For more information, go to our website via the link below, or call us at:  (866) 474-3739. 

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Fastener Fair France: The Fastener and Fixing Sector Has its Own Appointment in France

The first edition of Fastener Fair France has recently ended. For two days, on 28 and 29 November, close to 1,500 visitors came to the show. They were mainly Managers (33%), Heads of Department (21%), Buyers (16%) or Engineers (11%), largely from the automotive, distribution, aerospace, mechanical engineering, hardware / DIY, agricultural machinery, maintenance / repair sectors.

A large proportion of them worked for Distributors / Suppliers to users (31%) or Wholesalers / Suppliers to resellers (17%). Many manufacturers also attended the show (33%), as well as users (19%).

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Semblex Senior Management Changes

ELMHURST, IL - Semblex Corporation has announced the upcoming retirement of Don
Cunningham, the company’s President since 2010. Mr. Cunningham’s retirement will be
effective at the end of the first quarter, 2019. Mr. Cunningham will then continue as a member
of the Semblex Board of Directors and as a part time advisor to the company.

Jinsoo Kim will succeed Mr. Cunningham as president of Semblex. Mr. Kim has served as Chief
Operating Officer at Semblex since the company’s acquisition by Jinhap Company, Ltd in early
2014. Previously, Mr. Kim was a Senior Vice President at Jinhap in South Korea.




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All Integrated Solutions Announces Leadership Transition

Franksville, Wisc. – February 12, 2019 - All Integrated Solutions (AIS), a division of MSC Industrial Supply Co. (NYSE: MSM), today announced that Jim Ruetz will be stepping down as chief executive officer of AIS, effective April 5, 2019. As part of a planned transition, Nick Ruetz, currently chief operating officer for AIS, will assume leadership of the business as president of AIS.

Nick Ruetz brings 20 years of distribution industry experience to his new role. He has held positions in sales, operations, purchasing and IT, and has served in executive management roles at AIS for six years, including the past four years as chief operating officer.

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Scott Bardreau Joins the Midland Metal Mfg. Management Team

Midland Metal Mfg. announced that Scott Bardreau has joined the company as Chief Sales Officer for their growing platform of companies, which includes Anderson Metals Corp. and Buchanan Rubber Ltd. Scott Bardreau possesses extensive industry experience across Plumbing and Heating, Industrial, Waterworks, and Irrigation verticals. Bardreau spent the last 12 years with Matco-Norca in the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Prior to Matco-Norca, he served in various management roles at Watts Water Technologies, in both wholesale and retail channels. Bardreau has over 35 years of industry experience. When asked about joining Midland Metal Mfg. Bardreau stated, “ Coming together with Wynnchurch Capital and Midland Metals Mfg. positions us for tremendous growth. There is a belief system here of working together as one across the platform, to build relationships, trust and a history of success with our business partners. It’s extremely exciting.”

Wynnchurch Capital recently merged Midland Metal Mfg, Anderson Metals, and Buchanan Rubber Ltd. into the platform company that serves the industrial distribution markets. CEO Vince Hodes said, “We are excited to welcome Scott onto our team and look forward to leveraging his leadership and expertise into many years of success”.