Here’s what’s happening in and around the fastener industry the Week of October 3rd, 2022

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In Fastener News…

The Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) survey for September 2022 retreated once again to a sub-50 reading at 47.6 as the FDI continues its recent choppy pattern of bouncing up/below the neutral level. This was consistent with the sharp contraction registered in last month’s Forward-Looking Indicator (FLI), which further suggested it could result in a contractionary reading for September. Demand commentary remained bearish, with many expecting further normalizing demand as customers burn through inventory. Looking forward, the Forward-Looking Indicator (FLI) remained at sub-50 levels, reading 47.5, suggesting additional declines in the FDI could be likely next month. Overall, September was a relatively soft month for fastener distributors, and the FDI suspects further softening ahead.


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Shout out to all of the 2022 IFE Exhibitors: Fastener News Desk’s Best Booth Awards are BACK! IFE will be sponsoring the Best Booth Awards from Trophy Smack! We’re so excited to be BACK in-person, we plan to immortalize your hard-earned victory with a professional-grade championship belt.

This year the overall BEST BOOTH AWARD WINNER will claim the Best Booth Award’s first ever customized Championship Belt. We can’t wait to see your booth and creativity in Vegas!

Who will claim the FND’s BEST BOOTH AWARD title belt at the 2022 International Fastener Expo?


In Manufacturing News…

The nation celebrated Manufacturing Day last Friday. The MFG Day movement saw an increase in both in-person and virtual events as the nation get back to business after the pandemic. The pandemic increased the rate at which attrition is taking place in both manufacturing and distribution, as well as colleges seeing a decrease in enrollment numbers, making trade schools a natural fit for the new workforce. The President signed A Manufacturing Day Proclamation and remarked that America is the only Nation in the world that can be defined in a single word:  possibilities.  American manufacturing makes those possibilities real.  Today, on National Manufacturing Day, thousands of manufacturers across the country are opening their doors to give a new generation of students, teachers, and builders a glimpse of the opportunities that a career in modern manufacturing offers.

Read more:

A Proclamation on National Manufacturing Day, 2022

In Fastener Event News…





NFDA – CEO AND EXECUTIVE VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLES is happening on Wednesday, OCT. 12th from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Join fellow owners, executives, decision-makers, and team captains for a members-only online event. Take advantage of this space to discuss the hot topics that are important to you and other NFDA members. For more info go to

ImageOn October 24-25th The Fastener Training Institute and Industrial Fasteners Institute present an in-person, two full-day training opportunity on the fundamentals of fastener metallurgy and heat treatment. This class focuses primarily on steels. Participants will gain a better understanding of fundamental metallurgical concepts and how crystal structure, phase combinations, and alloying determine the properties exhibited by fasteners. Participants will then learn how we make transitions by heat treating to achieve more desired properties for the application. Get more info at 

Image Fastener Training Week | LA | is happening Nov. 14-18, 2022. FTW offers 5 intensive days of education & plant tours as part of the acclaimed FTI Certified Fastener SpecialistTM (CFS) advanced technical training program. Sign up:

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