This year marks the sixth anniversary of the Fastener News Desk Best Booth Awards.

The Best Booth Awards recognize International Fastener Expo exhibitors for their booth design, creativity and branding. The awards are a way to honor and reward those exhibitors whose time, energy and efforts go into creating their displays that will inspire and wow the attendees. We’re always impressed with the many ways companies in our industry attract traffic to their booths on the show floor. Many companies have casual sitting areas to encourage clients to spend more time in the booth. The creativity and social media leading up to this years expo was excellent. Several of the award winners ran well executed campaigns for their exhibit, booth theme and participation instructions. These companies utilized both email and social media campaigns to create hype before the event began…and after too!!!!

Fastener News Desk is very excited to announce the 2019 Best Booth Award Winners!

This year’s Best Booth Award Winner is AFIXX | Crossroad Distributor Source!

This team was Ready, Set, and Go all the way to Vegas!


The AFIXX | Crossroad team crossed the finish line in FIRST PLACE this year! Their team put together a fast-paced race right down to the checkered flag. Everything about their experience was ALL THAT and then some. Interactive, fun and engaged employees made this booth the 2019 Best Booth Award winner!!!

ImageAFIXX | Crossroad had a great booth location and their racing theme was a big hit. Participants had the opportunity to race cars on a replica race track. The winner of the 2019 CrossFixx Grand Prixx is Rob Reynolds from INxSQL Distribution software.

The VIP Champion was awarded a Mario Andretti Race Experience.



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AFIXX Alliance®, a division of Pacific Warehouse Sales, has established itself as an innovation leader in the fastener industry. With our easy to use E-commerce site;, our friendly and knowledgeable staff, and our eagerness to provide you with the best customer experience possible, AFIXX wants you to be a part of our family.

Crossroad Distributor Source is your source for quality thread inserts, blind rivets, the best-selling Black Book® technical reference series, and other tools and accessories. We are a master distributor, supplying industrial and fastener distributors throughout North America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. We are proud of our commitment to service our customers in a world-class fashion and our ability to provide the technical expertise to support that distribution chain. 

Best Giveaway is awarded to FCH Sourcing Network & the Fastener Training Institute!

The scholarship provided by FCH & FTI gives for a lifetime.

The award ceremonies at Sessions Corners begin with the FCH Sourcing Network and Fastener Training Institute Scholarship Award Announcement. 

The FCH Sourcing Network has joined with the Fastener Training Institute for the sixth consecutive year to announce a scholarship program that results in the selection of a candidate who will be awarded full tuition to the FTI course, “Fastener Training Week”. Once completed, the course qualifies students to sit for the Certified Fastener Specialist exam, a distinguished credential.

To qualify for selection, candidates must work within the fastener industry and must submit a brief essay, approximately 300 words in length. The essay should address the importance of training in the fastener industry, and the impact of training on the candidate’s career. Candidates can be nominated by owners or managers, who are welcome to submit an essay on behalf of a nominated candidate. There is a limit of one nominated candidate per company if the nomination is being made by a manager on behalf of a candidate, however there is no limit to the number of individual candidates from any given company who submit an essay on their own behalf.

Congratulations to the winner Richard Rengers of WürthTimberline on his award for the 6th Annual FTR/FTI Scholarship! In today’s ever changing business environment it is critical to always be improving job skills and credentials in the career path.

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If your interested in the many training program opportunities go to

FCH Sourcing Network (Eric Dudas) & FTI (Jo Morris) Present 2019 Fastener Training Award

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The Fastener Training Institute’s core purpose is to enhance fastener use, reliability and safety. By providing fastener product and technical training at all levels, FTI can achieve its goal of strengthening the industry and its personnel in all segments.

The objective of the Fastener Training Institute is to elevate the level of technical understanding and expertise of individuals in the fastener industry by providing a variety of training programs presented by recognized industry experts. FTI provides beginning and advanced training on fastener products, standards and specifications. is a sourcing network for the fastener industry and those who buy and sell industrial, commercial and mil-spec fasteners. With over 1,500,000 line items in the database from hundreds of distributors across North America, FCH is the largest network of its kind.

Best Group Award Winner is Women in the Fastener Industry! Celebrating 10 Years!



The Women in the Fastener Industry 10 year anniversary celebration was buzzing the entire show. The ladies brought out the bubbly this year and shared with everyone. Their booth is always well staffed with members, volunteers and some really cool merchandise. WIFI hosted a glow party at the Welcome Reception and had plenty of pink inspired WIFI goodies to go around. They partnered with many companies that helped the WIFI sisters to make the event even sweeter this year. They undeniably deserve the best group award. Thank you to all the members for all they contribute to mentoring, networking and educating women in our industry. 

WIFI (Women in the Fastener Industry) Announces Scholarship & Annual Award Winners



Women in the Fastener Industry (WIFI), began on the social media site LinkedIn, as a way to connect women in the fastener business through the web, social media, and trade shows. The group was started by Pam Berry, Executive Vice President and co-owner of Advance Components, and Mary Lou Aderman, President of The Aderman Group, who worked together to create a space for women to empower each other and advance in the industry.

WIFI’s mission is to provide opportunities for women in the fastener industry at all levels of experience, to unite in order to educate, mentor and encourage one another, for the express purpose of advancing women in the fastener industry.   

Established in 2009, we’re an organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support.

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Best Customer Experience goes to Kanebridge Corporation!

Kanebridge has Klass!

The team at Kanebridge takes care of you for the entire show. On the show floor their employees are top notch. Kanebridge hosts a delish luncheon for distributors that is always a treat after the morning rush. It always feels like you’re with one big family. Many thanks to Bob and all the employees that make it so memorable each and every year. It’s not over yet, though, then comes the cocktail hour at EyeCandy Lounge. We really appreciate their hospitality and generosity. Their new booth displays their commitment to the customer. It’s a reflection of their entire business Kulture! We love their new booth! Ready for today’s buyer with a focus on products, technology and customer experience.

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  • Kanebridge is a distributor of Commercial and Military-Grade fasteners in inch and metric sizes.
  • We carry over 3.83 billion pieces in inventory throughout 3 locations from coast to coast.
  • We are committed to offering the highest level of service in the industry.
  • Kanebridge sells strictly to distributors only.
  • 98% of our inventory is available from our New Jersey, Illinois, and California warehouses each and every day.


Best Creativity Award Goes To…Solution Industries!

Solution Man wants to see the world through your eyes!

Solution Industries is always so creative with their Solution Man theme and comic series. Their booth is sharp and stands out on the show floor. Attendees of the International Fastener Expo were encouraged to pick up their own flat Solution Man and enter a best photo contest for prizes. Another great example of interacting before, during and after the event. 

Where in the world is Solution Man?



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Solution Industries, over 100 years of fastener experience with an eagerness to help solve the difficult challenges your business faces every day. It’s our attention to detail and commitment to excellence that sets us apart from our competition. We pride ourselves in being a leader in fastener distribution, getting you the parts, you need faster and more affordably than the competition.

Best New Product belongs to the Puco Puller!

You need this clever device in your toolbox.




The PuCo Puller removes concrete wedge anchors with no mess. Saves time and money. Little to no damage to your concrete, holes are easily patched up. No more extracting or grinding down the bolt. The PuCo Puller removes concrete wedge anchors leaving you with a smooth surface to work with.





Best International Booth is GOFAST! Standout display and show etiquette from the ladies at GoFast.




This year’s Best International Booth goes to GoFast from Taiwan. Their friendly staff and very colorful booth caught our eye. You were greeted with ALOHA written in golden colored balloons and flower leis. The staff wore theme inspired glasses. All highlighting the rainbow of nuts and bolts. They made sure to connect with people  and certainly stood out among the international booths, so bravo GoFast!


Gofast is the top supplier of industrial fasteners and engineering components for the worldwide OEM market since 1986. We are a professional organization constantly challenging market boundaries and searching for new solutions to deliver to you the top quality products and impeccable services.  This market-oriented approach has provided great added value and an improvement in efficiency for our customers. Our organization is certified not without reason for ISO9001-2015.

Best Booth Awards, International Fastener Expo, The Fastener Museum