“Hello, fastener enthusiasts and industry professionals! Welcome to your weekly dose of all thing’s fasteners. This is where we tighten the screws on the latest news, trends, and innovations in our industry. Whether you’re a bolt buff, a nut nerd, or just riveted by rivets, we’ve got you covered. So, let’s thread our way through the world of fasteners together. Welcome to this week’s episode of In the News with Fastener News Desk!”

Here’s the stories you need to be following in fastener industry news, acquisitions, trends, and upcoming events making headlines the week of March 18, 2024.

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The Fastener Distributor Index survey is back in growth territory with a 50.5 reading in February, up from 49.7 in January, seasonally adjusted. The forward-looking indicator took the opposite course, dropping slightly to 47.9 implying some deceleration ahead. Listen to episode #198 of Fully Threaded Radio for further commentary on the FDI. Read full report: 

Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) | February 2024

AFC Industries has acquired Philadelphia, PA based Globe International Corporation. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 1950, Globe is a leading supplier of fasteners, door hardware, and galvanized aircraft cable that also specializes in value-added kitting and other services. The acquisition marks AFC’s first deal of 2024 after it made seven acquisitions in 2023. Read more:

AFC Industries Acquires Globe International Corporation

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Genesys Industries announced that the company has acquired 100% of Latrobe Foundry Machine & Supply Company. Latrobe, Pennsylvania-based Latrobe Foundry was founded in 1933 by Louis C. Steiner and is a leading manufacturer of high-quality threaded and flanged aluminum pipe fittings and hardware. Latrobe Foundry is a multi-location manufacturer and has an established product line that are used in a wide variety of businesses, including aerospace, agricultural, chemical, construction, and marine.

Alphi Capital announces its partnership with K2 Fasteners. Alphi Capital (“Alphi”), a lower middle market private equity firm based in Toronto, Ontario, announced its partnership with K2 Fasteners (“K2”). Founded in 1989, K2 is a national master distributor of stainless steel and other corrosion resistant fasteners. Headquartered in British Columbia, K2 has five branches in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia. K2 is known for its wide selection of stainless steel and other industrial purpose fasteners and its highly technical sales team. Read more: https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/alphi-capital-announces-its-partnership-with-k2-fasteners-853704699.html

Congratulations Craig Penland, President of Eurolink Fastener Supply Service chosen as one of  Industry-Era TOP 10 Admired Leaders of 2024.




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The Wurth Additive Group Team unveiled their Digital Inventory Services at AMUG in Chicago last week. The new product offering marks a new era for additive manufacturing. With easy implementation, global reach, and the peace of mind of ‘Always in Stock’. To learn how Wurth Additive Group aims to make supply chains a breeze! Go to https://wurthadditive.com/



NEW ENGLAND FASTENER DISTRIBUTORS ASSOCIATION | March Madness Bowling Event on Thursday March 21 at High Rollers at Foxwood Resort & Casino. Join association members and friends for an evening of networking and pins, spins & wins! Register today at https://www.nefda.com/events/



The Mid-West Fastener Association’s highly sought-after seminar, Fascination with Fasteners March 21, 2024, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM in Elk Grove Village, IL. The seminar is aimed at enriching fastener industry professionals’ knowledge. The seminar offers a semi-technical deep dive into various aspects of the industry. All attendees will receive a certification recognizing their participation in the program. Don’t miss this invaluable opportunity to deepen your understanding of the fastener industry! Register now to secure your spot: https://www.mwfa.net/member/event/fascination-with-fasteners-intro-class/

Wurth Industry has partnered with Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC to provide in-person fastener training courses taught by Technical Instructor Randy Lammers! Increase your skillset and gain more knowledge, experience, and understanding about fasteners and their critical role in the quality and integrity of items engineered and manufactured. Register now for Corrosion & Fastener Finishes – March 22, 2024 and Special Purpose Fasteners – April 26, 2024 Learn more and register here: https://www.tridenttech.edu/ce/engineering-and-manufacturing/construction-and-engineering.html

Learn over lunch with The Fastener Training Institute’s Fastener Basics Four-Part Webinar Series

Students can learn over lunch and complete the training across four Thursdays this spring, starting with March 28th, APRIL 25TH, May 30th, & June 27th.  FTI’s Fastener Basics course provides extensive fastener parts knowledge to those new to the fastener industry and to those looking to better understand fastener products. https://fastenertrainingevents.com/fastener-basics.htm

The countdown is on for Fastener Training Week! Register today and get ready to fast forward your fastener knowledge and know-how with five intensive days of education and plant tours in Cleveland at the Industrial Fasteners Institute headquarters April 8-12. Increase your knowledge and earning potential with a CFS designation. five intensive days of education and plant tours as part of the acclaimed FTI Certified Fastener Specialist™ (CFS) advanced technical training program. After completing this invaluable industry training in a small group environment and passing a final exam, attendees are eligible for the CFS designation. Register now at https://fastenertrainingevents.com/fastener-training-cleveland.htm

Sleep in Heavenly Peace - JustServe

Join Eurolink Fastener Supply Service and a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling, and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need. Eurolink will host a Sleep in Heavenly Peace bed build event at their new facility on Saturday, April 13th from 8:00am to 2:00pm. The Eurolink Team fully believes that a bed is a basic need for the proper physical, emotional, and mental support that a child needs. For more info go to EurolinkFSS.com or https://shpbeds.org/

Stop by and meet other people in the fastener industry and expand your professional network.  Pac-West will host two beverages per person along with complimentary appetizers on Thursday, April 18th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA. Register today: Pac-West After Hours

Join the Southwestern Fastener Association in Fort Worth, TX for their Annual Conference April 17-18! Network with fastener industry professionals while enjoying golf, stockyards, boots, cowboys, and enchiladas to mix with sessions. Plan to join industry friends for a fun and fabulous few days in historic western Fort Worth, Texas!  Registration forms are open now!  https://www.southwesternfastener.org/

Sleep in Heavenly Peace - JustServe

The Southwestern Fastener Association will hold a Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bed Build event at Advance Components on Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 9am-1pm. The SFA understands the importance of serving their community and loves the idea of building beds so that no child has to be without the warmth and security of a bed. To get involved or donate go to https://www.southwesternfastener.org/


The North Coast Fastener Association will hold their 15th Annual Distributor Social! Make sure to mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 21st and stay tuned for more details coming soon! https://www.ncfaonline.com/

The Gilchrist Foundation is accepting applications for their 2024 scholarship! Providing scholarships and leadership opportunities for persons engaged in or pursuing careers in the fasteners industry. The application is available at: http://www.gilchristfoundation.com. The application is due by May 31, 2024.

The stories featured in this week’s episode of IN THE NEWS can be found at Fastener News Desk or in our feed @FastenerNews at X.com the twitter rebrand, on LinkedIn in the Fastener News Group and @FastenerNews at Threads!

If you would like to share your company’s news or events contact me, lisa@fastenernewsdesk.com.  Thanks for tuning in to this week’s episode of ‘IN THE NEWS’ with Fastener News Desk.

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