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Carmen Vertullo Awarded NFDA’s 2023 Fastener Professional of the Year

The National Fastener Distributors Association (NFDA) is pleased to announce that Carmen Vertullo of Carver Engineering and Manufacturing (San Diego, CA) is the 2023 recipient of its Fastener Professional of the Year award. 

The Fastener Professional of the Year award was created by NFDA to honor individuals and companies that make a substantial positive impact on people’s lives. Past recipients include: 

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Martin Inc. Welcomes Kevin Cozine, Vice President of Sales for Fastening Solutions

Martin Inc. is excited to announce the appointment of Kevin Cozine as the new Vice President of Sales for Martin Fastening Solutions. In his new role, Kevin will be responsible for expanding the market share of Martin Fastening Solutions and collaborating with the sales team across all of Martin's lines of business.

Kevin brings extensive experience in operations and sales leadership to his new role. He most recently served as the Director of Operational Excellence at Optimas Solutions, where he led the growth of new customer engagement and expanded the customer engagement team's analytical coverage. Kevin has also held leadership positions at MSC Industrial Supply Co. and H&D Distributors, where he developed and grew key accounts.

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Join us for free at Fastener Fair USA

Join us at Fastener Fair USA 2023! Register for FREE as our guest and visit us in booth #844. Click here to sign up with our discount link.

Fastener Fair USA is the only exhibition in the U.S. dedicated to the full supply chaindistributors, mechanical and design engineers, purchasers, wholesalers and OEMs. From automotive to aerospace, construction to HVAC, furniture to appliances, fastener professionals from every segment of the market find the latest products they need at Fastener Fair USA.

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Fastener Industry Veterans Celebrate Jim Ruetz's Achievement

A group of fastener industry veterans gathered recently in Naples, FL to celebrate Jim Ruetz earning his PhD. Pictured from left to right are:

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Fastener Training Institute Announces Würth Industry North America 2023 Sustaining Sponsorship

The Fastener Training Institute (FTI), the leading nonprofit provider of fastener product and technical training, is excited to announce Würth Industry North America (WINA) will continue as sustaining sponsor in 2023. This will mark the fifth year of partnership between the two organizations. 

“Würth’s continued support is instrumental to our ability to offer frequent and robust educational opportunities which enhance knowledge, safety and reliability across the fastener industry,” said John Wachman, Managing Director for FTI. Thanks to Würth’s support, FTI will continue to offer an extensive menu of in-person fastener training classes taught by leading industry expert instructors, as well as live webinars and an on-demand Online Learning Library (OLL).  

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Field Merges With Mid-State Bolt and Nut Company, Inc.

Field has announced that it has merged with Mid-State Bolt & Nut Company, a full-line fastener distributor headquartered in Columbus, OH. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mid-State Bolt & Nut Company, who was founded in 1946, brings value to the OEM marketplace through creative and efficient supply chain solutions for fasteners and other direct materials.  

This strategic partnership will enhance their combined position in North America by expanding the products, services, and geographical footprint in which they service customers. Both companies become stronger by being together, and more equipped to support current and prospective customers while providing technical services to drive short and long term cost savings.  

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2023 Taiwan International Fastener Show

Attend the 2023 Taiwan International Fastener Show onsite or online.  To register, scan the QR code below or contact [email protected]

Sourcing Taiwan 2023

You're invited to attend Sourcing Taiwan 2023 – Taichung. This will be a procurement meeting event that connects buyers and suppliers from various industries including machinery, hardware, and hand tools. It will be held in person on April 27th in Taichung, Taiwan.

Fastener Fair Global 2023 is set for a strong comeback showcasing technological developments in a fast-moving market

After four years, Fastener Fair Global 2023, the 9th international event dedicated to the fastener and fixing industry, returns from March 21-23 to Stuttgart. The exhibition represents once again an unmissable opportunity to establish new contacts and build successful business relationships between suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, engineers and other industry professionals from various production and manufacturing sectors looking for fastening technologies.

Taking place across halls 1, 3, 5 and 7 at the Messe Stuttgart exhibition center, over 850 companies have already confirmed their participation at Fastener Fair Global 2023, covering a net exhibition space of over 22,000 sqm. International firms from 44 countries exhibit at the show, representing SMEs and large multinational enterprises from Germany, Italy, China, Taiwan, India, Turkey, Netherlands, the UK, Spain and France. Exhibitors include: Albert Pasvahl (GmbH & Co.), Alexander P A A L GmbH, Ambrovit S.p.A., Böllhoff GmbH, CHAVESBAO, Eurobolt BV, F. REYHER Nchfg. GmbH & Co. KG, Fastbolt Schraubengroßhandels GmbH, INDEX Fixing Systems, INOXMARE SRL, Lederer GmbH, Norm Fasteners, Obel Civata San. ve Tic. A.S, SACMA LIMBIATE SPA, Schäfer + Peters GmbH, Tecfi Spa, WASI GmbH, Würth Industrie Service GmbH & Co. KG and many more.

Ahead of the event, Liljana Goszdziewski, Portfolio Director for the European Fastener Fairs, comments: "After four years since the last edition, it is rewarding to be able to welcome the international fastener and fixing industry at Fastener Fair Global 2023. The high turnout of exhibiting companies confirmed at the event reflects an eagerness for the sector to get together face-to-face and participate in the show to allow plenty of business networking activities and enable new sales and learning opportunities in a fast-growing market."

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Fastener Training Week in Cleveland April 3-7

The Fastener Training Institute will host its next Fastener Training Week April 3-7 at the Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) near Cleveland, OH. This advanced technical training program is offered in partnership with IFI and is for fastener distributors, manufacturers and end-users.

Fastener Training Week offers five intensive days of education and plant tours as part of the FTI Certified Fastener Specialist™ (CFS) advanced technical training program. After completing this industry training in a small group environment and passing a final exam, attendees are eligible for the Certified Fastener Specialist™ (CFS) designation.“FTI’s Fastener Training Week (FTW) offers fastener professionals a compact yet thorough opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and the eligibility for CFS designation while learning from expert industry leaders,” shared Jo Morris, Marketing Director for Fastener Training Institute.  

Fastener Training Week in Cleveland will cover timely topics such as manufacturing processes, consensus standards and quality control and be taught by leading industry experts Salim Brahimi, IFI Director of Engineering Technology, and Laurence Claus, IFI Director of Education and Training. Participants will also tour manufacturing, secondary processes and testing facilities.

Learn more at fastenertraining.org.

Attend the 2023 Taiwan International Fastener Show Onsite or Online

News from TAITRA about their upcoming conference:

We of the Taiwan Trade Center, Los Angeles (TAITRA) are a nonprofit organization supported by the Taiwan government to promote trade between the US and Taiwan. It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the hybrid 2023 Taiwan International Fastener Show. Possessing a unique industrial cluster that synergizes fastener-related supply chains, Taiwan's fastener industry is perfect for international buyers to find large scale and niche market suppliers through either the physical or online exhibition.

  • 2023 Taiwan International Fastener Show (Onsite): May 3rd - May 5th , 2023
  • 2023 Taiwan International Fastener Show (Online): May 3rd - May 9th , 2023

A FREE Hotel / Flight Reimbursement Travel Incentive is available for qualified buyers, consisting respectively of free hotel lodging (up to 4 nights) for one room / reimbursement on round-trip airfare for one person from your company.

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Martin Inc. Welcomes Marc Strandquist, Executive Vice President, Fastening Solutions

Martin Inc. Welcomes Marc Strandquist, Executive Vice President, Fastening Solutions

Martin Inc., one of the nation’s leading providers of custom-tailored solutions for maintenance, repair, operation and production supplies, welcomes Marc Strandquist to the role of executive vice president, Fastening Solutions Division. In this role, Marc will develop and execute strategic plans, drive efficiency and profitability, create synergy across all Martin business units, while building and leading the fastening team to achieve business objectives.

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Jim Ruetz Earns Ph.D.

Congratulations to Jim Ruetz, now known as Dr. James Ruetz, Ph.D. Jim recently graduated with his doctorate from Oklahoma State University. His dissertation titled “Succession Versus Harvest in the Family Business: The Role of Passion and Family Involvement in Exit Strategy” involved 118 family business owners and 33 private equity managers.

Jim thanks those NFDA members who played a big role by participating in his data collection. He will present his findings during the upcoming NFDA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL on June 14, 2023.

Dave Fretz Retires from Hanger Bolt & Stud

Member news from Hanger Bolt & Stud: 

David Fretz has announced his retirement from Hanger Bolt & Stud Co, after nearly 35 years. Initially heading up the sales and marketing effort of our fastener division, Dave quickly assumed a major role in the design and marketing of our emerging line of automatic Drill n’ Drive machines. More recently, his efforts have helped build our HBS wire drawing operation which now overshadows our fastener footprint. His sound leadership in our organization and the industries we serve will be greatly missed. We wish you well Dave!

SPIROL Launches New SPIROL.com

SPIROL recently launched their new and improved corporate website: SPIROL.com. The new corporate website is a culmination of over 74 years of engineering knowledge and experience in the fastening, joining and assembly arena. Simple to use and easy to navigate, the new SPIROL.com makes it effortless to connect with SPIROL’s global locations, request technical support, submit an RFQ, as well as purchase product through their integrated eCommerce website: Shop.SPIROL.com.

Available in 10 languages, the new SPIROL.com has a specific Fastener & Assembly Resource Center for easy access to:

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Invitation to Attend Taipei Building Show: Dec 8 - Dec 11 (Onsite)

NFDA Members are invited to attend the 2022 Taipei Building Show:

We of the Taiwan Trade Center, Los Angeles (TAITRA) are a nonprofit organization supported by the Taiwan government to promote trade between the US and Taiwan. It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 2022 Taipei Building Show. The largest building show in Taiwan and the best opportunity for meeting Taiwan suppliers and exploring new products.

2022 Taipei Building Show (Onsite): December 8th - December 11th
(Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1&2)


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Fastener Fair Global 2023: Live exhibition returns to Stuttgart in March

Four years after the last edition, Fastener Fair Global, the International Exhibition for the Fastener and Fixing Industry, returns from 21 – 23 March 2023 at Messe Stuttgart in Germany to bring the industry together face-to-face. At its 9th edition, Fastener Fair Global is the largest exhibition worldwide specifically dedicated to presenting and promoting fastener and fixing products and technologies. 

In advance of the exhibition, there are already 780 exhibitors confirmed from some 40 countries across the world, with the strongest representation from German, Italian, Chinese, Taiwanese, Turkish and Indian firms. Over 21,170 square metres of net exhibition space has already been booked, covering halls 1, 3, 5 and 7 at the Messe Stuttgart Exhibition Centre. Among those exhibiting at Fastener Fair Global are Alexander P A A L GmbH, Böllhoff GmbH, Carlo Salvi S.p.A., Eurobolt BV, F. REYHER Nchfg. GmbH & Co. KG, Fastbolt Schraubengroßhandels GmbH, INDEX Fixing Systems (Técnicas Expansivas S.L.), INOXMARE SRL, Lederer GmbH, MKT Metall-Kunststoff-Technik GmbH & Co. KG, Norm Civita San. ve Tic. A.S., Obel Civita San. ve Tic. A.S., PGB EUROPE NV, Pühl GmbH & Co. KG, SACMA LIMBIATE SPA, Schäfer + Peters GmbH, SPAX International GmbH & Co. KG, Tecfi Spa, TOBSTEEL GmbH, WASI GmbH and Würth. 

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MSC Industrial Supply Co. Acquires Tower Fasteners

MSC Industrial Supply Co. (NYSE: MSM), a premier distributor of metalworking, maintenance, repair, and operations supplies to industrial customers throughout North America, today announced that it has acquired Tower Fasteners, a Holtsville, New York-based valued-added distributor of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) fasteners and components. 

Under the equity purchase agreement, Tower will continue to operate under its current name after becoming an MSC company. Mark Shannon, President of Tower, will continue to lead the business, which has approximately 100 associates. Tower’s revenue in calendar 2021 was approximately $35 million. MSC’s acquisition of Tower, made through its All Integrated Solutions (AIS) subsidiary, expands the company’s presence in the OEM fastener market, which it entered in 2018 with the acquisition of AIS, a leading value-added distributor of industrial fasteners and components, MRO supplies and assembly tools based in Wisconsin. 

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Big Bolt Acquires Delta Secondary

Big Bolt expands its presence in the strategic secondary services growth category.

Big Bolt, LLC (“Big Bolt”), one of the largest specialty fastener manufacturers in the US, announced it has acquired Delta Secondary, LLC (“Delta”), an Illinois-based manufacturer of fasteners and provider of secondary services.

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Take the Family Business Survey

NFDA Members,

My name is Jim Ruetz. Through our family businesses -All Fasteners & All Tool Sales (now All Integrated Solutions (AIS)- div of MSC Industrial, I’ve been an active member of the NFDA since 1995.

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