I’m Lisa Kleinhandler, Editor-in-Chief at Fastener News Desk

It’s ’IN THE NEWS’ week of January 3rd, 2022

Welcome to the New Year!

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This year is on track to be monumental for the fastener industry as technology, marketplaces, private equity, and attrition have carved a new path for the future of B2B distribution. – FND Editor-in-Chief, Lisa Kleinhandler

 In Acquisition News…

AFC Industries has acquired AALL AMERICAN Fastener. Headquartered in Fairfield, OH AFC Industries supplies fasteners and assembly components, specializing in Vendor Managed Inventory solutions (VMI) to manufacturing and assembly plants in a broad range of industrial markets. In April 2021 AFC Industries was acquired by private equity group Bertram Capital (https://bertramcapital.com/)

AFC CEO Kevin Godin explained, “The addition of the AALL AMERICAN Fasteners team to the AFC family will expand our reach into several key growth areas and further establish us in geographies that are important to us.”

Lawson Products, Inc. Announces Strategic Combination with TestEquity & Gexpro Services. Creating a best-in-class specialty distribution holding company with estimated combined pro forma annual revenue of more than $1 billion. Michael DeCata, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lawson said “As the CEO and a fellow shareholder of Lawson, I am excited to be moving forward with the LKCM Headwater team to have an aligned vision and mission of creating a best-in-class specialty distribution holding company. This combination transforms each of our highly complementary businesses, creates a greater level of scale, enables accelerated growth, and expands our competitive advantage”

Genuine Parts Company became the talk of the distribution world in December when it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Kaman Distribution Group under GPC’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Motion Industries, Inc. The acquisition from private investment firm Littlejohn & Co. has been valued at approximately $1.3 billion in cash, and the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022. Read more at mdm.com

White Cap Supply Holdings, LLC (“White Cap”) has closed on an agreement to acquire Diamond Tool & Fastener, Inc., (“Diamond Tool”) based in Philadelphia, Pa., with another location in Edgewater Park, N.J. and a distribution center in Bristol, Pa. 


In Technology News…

Big NEWS from Bay Supply!

Bay Supply Is Changing Ecommerce for Fastener Brands. Find out why Manufacturers Should Care About B2B Vertical Marketplaces. Bay Supply has been a trusted source for fastener products and equipment for decades. Now Bay Supply is changing the way manufacturers reach customers with the launch of a new buy-now marketplace for fastening product manufacturers, called The Bay Supply Fastener Source and Supply Network. Participation in the Bay Supply Fastener Source and Supply Network is free to manufacturers. Participating companies can upload product information and bulk catalogs, with or without inventory, so they are discoverable by sourcing professionals. Learn more today at BaySupply.com


 The Voice of the FCH Sourcing Network Fully Threaded Radio Episode 171 is LIVE! The fastener industry knows how to open its heart when it counts. Jake “Valdez” Davis of BTM Manufacturing and Matt Boyd of Parker Fasteners explain their plan to make a difference. Desert Distribution managing partner Jo Morris looks back on a memorable 2021 and looks ahead with new offerings from the Fastener Training Institute for 2022.Check out the latest episode at FullyThreaded.com



In Fastener Industry Event News….

It’s Session 16 of the Fastener Basics Like Never Before Webinar Series | Fastener Quality Assurance this Friday, January 7 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT

Whether you are a fastener distributor, importer, manufacturer, or end-user, knowing a few things about fastener quality can prevent a lot of problems. This Fastener Basics webinar will explore fastener quality from the perspective of your Quality Management System (QMS).Get registered today at FastenerTraining.org



In Fastener Industry Association News:

The North Coast Fastener Association has Announced their 2022 Board Members:

PRESIDENT: Dave Audia, @GLHuyett

 VICE PRESIDENT: Mike Robinson, Vertex Distribution

TREASURER: Ken Graham, Online Fastener Group

RECORDING SECRETARY: Gary Graham, Online Fastener Group

Visit: https://ncfaonline.com to get more details and find out about upcoming events.



The stories featured in this week’s episode of IN THE NEWS can be found at FastenerNewsDesk.com & on our twitter feed @FastenerNews.

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Until next week, be well, be safe and Keep it Fastenating.


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