Here’s the stories you need to be following in fastener industry news, scholarships and upcoming events making headlines the week of April 22, 2024.


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Happy 89th Birthday, Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth

This past Saturday, April 20, 2024 Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth, Chairman of the Board of the Würth Group celebrated his 89th birthday! The Würth Group has been family owned since it was founded in 1945 by Prof. Würth’s father, and management was taken over by Prof. Würth in 1954 when he was just 19 years old. He continues to chair the Supervisory Board, and his daughter, Bettina, chairs the company’s Advisory Board. Prof. Würth’s commitment and entrepreneurial spirit have made the Würth Group what it is today. On behalf of fastener news desk we would like to congratulate Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth, and wish him all the best.

The National Fastener Distributors Association (NFDA) announced that the 2024 recipient of its Fastener Professional of the Year award is Marc Strandquist. Marc served as President of the National Fastener Distributors Association from 2016-2017. He was driven to mentor and guide people in their careers and helped many people grow and develop over the years. Marc’s family will accept the NFDA Fastener Professional of the Year award in his memory at the NFDA Annual Meeting in Irving, Texas on June 13, 2024. Read more:

Marc Strandquist Awarded NFDA’s 2024 Fastener Professional of the Year

Daniel Westberg has been appointed the new CEO for Nord-Lock Group. Nord-Lock is the global leader in bolting and engineering solutions. Daniel Westberg will assume his responsibilities as CEO on August 1, 2024. Read more:

Daniel Westberg Appointed New CEO for Nord-Lock Group

BlackHawk Industrial, a market-leading distributor of metalworking and other mission-critical industrial products, continues to accelerate its expansion efforts with the announcement of two key appointments to its national Supply Chain Solutions vending operations team. BlackHawk is focused on enhancing customer service and efficiency and is rapidly becoming a well-known force in providing comprehensive vending solutions to companies of all sizes as it further strengthens and expands its position as a premier choice for Supply Chain Solutions. Read more:

Blackhawk Expands National Vending Operations with Two Key Appointments

NEW report of the Fasteners Market by Allied Market Research, the report finds the fasteners market was valued at $97.2 billion in 2022 and is estimated to reach $151 billion by 2032, growing at a Compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.6%. Technological advancements such as surface treatments and coatings have led to the development of advanced fasteners that offer superior performance characteristics, such as higher strength, corrosion resistance, and ease of installation. These innovations drive market growth by expanding the applications of fasteners across various industries. Read more:

Fasteners Market to Reach $151 Billion, Globally, by 2032 at 4.6% CAGR: Allied Market Research



Fastener Fair USA will take place at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland on May 22-23! Get ready to strike a chord in Cleveland, as Fastener Fair USA 2024 amps up for an unforgettable evening at the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on May 22 for the Opening Night Networking Party, where industry professionals like you can make lasting impressions and valuable connections while enjoying an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. Fastener Fair USA is the premier exhibition in the U.S. dedicated to the full supply chain–distributors, mechanical and design engineers, purchasers, wholesalers and OEMs. Register today! Use promo code: FND2024 and get your FREE exhibit hall badge. Go to:








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POSTPONED: The Southwestern Fastener Association’s Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bed Build event at Advance Components scheduled for Saturday, April 20 had to be postponed due to poor weather conditions. Stay tuned for new date. To donate or get involved go to:

The Southeastern Fastener Association’s Annual Spring Conference is this week, April 22nd-24th, 2024 in Concord, NC. This year’s Spring Conference offers suppliers the opportunity to showcase their products at a Table Top Show which will be open on April 24, 2024 9:00AM – 11:00AM. For registration and hotel bookings go to

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, next classes are scheduled for 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.

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 Special Purpose Fasteners – April 26, 2024 Learn more and register here:

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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 27th 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 or

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BTM, ISSCO, Twin Lakes Insurance Agency, and Wachter are joining forces again to build beds for the Kansas City, MO SE Chapter of the Sleep in Heavenly Peace organization on May 4th Their goal is to build 120 beds for kids in the Kansas City area that do not have a bed of their own and otherwise sleep in unfavorable conditions.  To do this they need your help.  The cost of this project is $30,000. These funds will provide the necessary lumber and hardware to build and assemble the 120 beds as well as provide the mattresses, pillows and bedding to make them complete. To donate of volunteer go to



Prepare to embark on a maritime networking adventure as the NCFA proudly presents its 15th Annual Distributor Social aboard the Goodtime III, the largest quadruple-deck luxury ship on the Great Lakes on Tuesday, May 21st!  This is the last week to register. Registration deadline is this Friday, April 19th.















The Annual NEFDA Scholarship Golf Outing will take place at the Southington Country Club again this year. Taking place on June 5th.Sponsorships & golfer registration is now open – Save the Date and Reserve Your Space today! Go to:


A MARC STRANDQUIST MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR FASTENER TRAINING WEEK has been announced by the NFDA and the Strandquist family. Marc worked for 37 years in the fastener industry. He was known for his industry knowledge, strategic perspective, leadership, and business acumen. Marc started his career in the fastener industry as a salesman in 1986 and worked his way up to the CEO of two different global fastener companies during his career. Marc’s family hopes this scholarship will help continue that drive for knowledge and growth into the next generation of fastener professionals. The Marc Strandquist Memorial Scholarship Fund will offer one scholarship for Fastener Training Week each year (valued at $2,800 each). The deadline to submit your completed application to the NFDA is August 31, 2024. Applicants will be notified of the Strandquist family’s decision in late September. Apply now:

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Marc Strandquist Memorial Scholarship Fund Announced

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: The application is due by May 31, 2024.

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Fasteners Market to Reach $151 Billion, Globally, by 2032 at 4.6% CAGR: Allied Market Research


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