Here’s what’s happening in fastener industry the week of February 27, 2023.

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National Fastener Distributors Association





The National Fastener Distributors Association is accepting nominations for their Fastener Professional of the Year award which was created by NFDA to honor individuals and companies that make a substantial positive impact on people’s lives.

The award recognizes:

  • Individuals from a fastener distributor or supplier company who make exceptional contributions to their companies and to the industry
  • Partners or consultants who demonstrate exemplary support of the fastener industry

Membership in NFDA is not a requirement to be selected for the Fastener Professional of the Year award. Self-nominations are acceptable, or nominations can be submitted by others. Nomination deadline is February 28th. Go to for more info.


The Industrial Fasteners Institute will host their Annual Meeting March 4-7th in Napa, CA. The IFI is on track to break attendance records, with 210 registered attendees and counting! Join IFI for a great networking opportunity and learn more about the IFI. For more info go to

PAC-WEST – SPRING DINNER MEETING AND VENDOR SHOWCASE Thursday, March 9, 2023 from 5:00-8:00PM. Dinner meeting includes panel discussion Adapting to the 2023 Fastener Climate. 2023 is bringing new challenges to the fastener industry. Many distributors have high-priced inventory on hand, and replacement costs are falling. Attendees will learn how to prepare and navigate their businesses and maintain a healthy bottom line?

If you’re attending the Pac-West Vendor showcase you won’t want to miss the opportunity to join fastener friends for a fun day of golf at the Pac-West Fastener Associations’ 2023 Mel Kirsner Spring Golf Outing taking place Friday March 10th in La Habra, CA. Proceeds will benefit ANGELS of Old Mission Beach Athletic Club, which promotes and sponsors youth sports as well as educational, philanthropic, and civic activities. Mel was an original member when OMBAC was founded in 1954. For more info go to

Fastener Fair Global 2023 is set for a strong comeback showcasing technological developments in a fast-moving market. After four years, Fastener Fair Global 2023, the 9th international event dedicated to the fastener and fixing industry, returns to Stuttgart from March 21st – March 23rd . The exhibition represents once again an unmissable opportunity to establish new contacts and build successful business relationships between suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, engineers and other industry professionals from various production and manufacturing sectors looking for fastening technologies. For more information and registration go to


The Fastener Training Institute has a scheduled upcoming webinar. Corrosion Resistant Fasteners & Stainless Steel Fastener Specs. The webinar will take place on Thursday, March 23, 2023, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. PT The instructor is Carmen Vertullo, Vice President of Business Development at AIM Testing Laboratory. The webinar will address FIGHTING CORROSION IN FASTENING and strategies to combat it, which cost billions of dollars every year. Industrial, transportation, construction, marine and military fastening applications all have specific solutions to the corrosion problem. This webinar will explore the various approaches to corrosion prevention in each of these areas. Brikksen is sponsoring the webinar.

Thursday, March 23, 2023  NEFDA will host their annual Bowling Party. The party will be held at High Rollers at Foxwood Resort & Casino. Attendees will enjoy Bowling, Dinner & Drinks, Prizes and Fun! For more information go to








Fastener Training Week in Cleveland, OH will take place April 3-7th. The Fastener Training Institute and the Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) continue their partnership to present Fastener Training Week — This robust program includes five 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. To register and learn more about any of the fastener training events we highlighted go to

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Women in the Fastener Industry accepting applications for Margaret Davis Scholarship. Scholarship application submission will offer WIFI Members requesting financial assistance to attend Fastener Fair USA. WIFI honors the memory of Margaret Davis of ISSCO, INC/BTM Manufacturing. Member Applications are due by April 5th, 2023.Apply Now:

UnleashWD Launches First Human Resources Summit for Distributors

Dirk Beveridge of UnleashWD has announced the first human resources event for distributors, designed to challenge traditional thinking on HR and help independent distributors win the war on talent. Registration is now open for the UnleashW Human Resources Summit for distributors, April 27-28, 2023 in Nashville, Tenn.

Seating is limited for this event be sure to register today to reserve your seat. To Learn more or register at

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