Here’s what’s happening in the fastener industry the week of June 19, 2023.

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Fastener Industry Acquisition News:

B&F Fastener Supply, a leader in the industrial and construction supply industry, has acquired respected, long-time competitor, Northern States Supply, to create a regional powerhouse distributor of both industrial and construction supplies in the Midwest region. Established in 1988, B&F Fastener Supply has been a fast-growing, strategic industrial supply distributor. Their longstanding, customer-first culture has resulted in a best-in-class customer experience. Founded in 1960, Northern States Supply has a remarkable track record as a leading distributor of quality industrial and construction supply products with competitive pricing. Built on providing quality customer experiences and rooted in offering the best overall value, Northern States Supply will continue to operate under its name for the time being.

B&F Fastener Supply Acquires Northern States Supply

New officer appointments from the National Fastener Distributors Association. Jim Degnan of S.W. Anderson has been elected as the 2023-2024 president. Scott McDaniel of TR Fastenings will serve as vice president, Mike Robinson will serve as associate chair, and Nick Ruetz of AIS will remain on the Board as immediate past president.

NFDA Elects Jim Degnan of S. W. Anderson as 2023-2024 President

In Supply Chain news from Reuters…It appears that a labor deal has been struck at the West Coast Ports. The threat of disruptions has receded as dockworkers and port employers reached a tentative agreement on a new contract last week. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) employer group said they have reached a tentative deal on a new six-year contract, ending 13 months of talks and easing supply chain worries. The deal was reached with assistance from Acting U.S. Labor Secretary Julie Su.

Tentative US West Coast Port Contract Deal Reached, Union and Employers Say

Fas­ten­Mas­ter, a divi­sion of OMG, Inc., is cel­e­brat­ing 25 years of pro­vid­ing pro­fes­sion­al build­ing con­trac­tors with inno­v­a­tive prod­ucts and fas­ten­ing solu­tions that make work faster, eas­i­er, and more efficient.  Estab­lished in 1998, Fas­ten­Mas­ter cre­at­ed the cat­e­go­ry of struc­tur­al wood-to-wood screws with the intro­duc­tion of Tim­ber­LOK, a heavy-duty wood screw designed to elim­i­nate the need to predrill when attach­ing two pieces of wood togeth­er. It was the first of what has become the very pop­u­lar ​‘LOK Line’ of struc­tur­al wood-to-wood fas­ten­ers for res­i­den­tial appli­ca­tions, and solid­i­fied FastenMaster’s focus on pro­vid­ing PRO-Dri­ven solutions. For more info go to

FastenMaster Celebrates 25 Years of Pro Driven Innovation

Save the Date: Manufacturing Day 2023 will take place on Friday, October 6th and throughout the month of October. Celebrated nationally on the first Friday in October, MFG Day is manufacturing’s biggest annual opportunity to inspire the next generation, positively shift perceptions about our industry, and build the foundation for the manufacturing workforce of the future. Join the Manufacturing Institute will on June 29th for a webinar: “Get the Word Out”. The webinar will provide valuable information to help organizations plan and prepare for MFG Day 2023. For more info go to

The International Fastener Expo is accepting nominations for the 2023 Fastener Hall of Fame and Young Fastener Professional of the Year prestigious Awards.

The Fastener Hall of Fame recognizes professionals who have made significant and enduring contributions to the industrial fastener industry on a national or global scale. Individuals selected for induction will join other honored industry members, including but not limited to inventors, business leaders, and educators.  The Young Fastener Professional of the Year award recognizes and honors a young professional who has made significant contributions to the fastener industry.

The recipients will be recognized at a special event during the International Fastener Expo and receive a commemorative plaque. The deadline for nominations has been extended to June 30th! Nominate today at

Official hotel accommodations are now open! To nominate or book your stay go to



The North Coast Fastener Association will host Cork-SCREW….Cheers to Fasteners event this Thursday, June 22nd from 5:00-9:00PM. NCFA members and attendees will enjoy a casual evening out at the Sharon James Cellars located in Newbury, OH. Join the NCFA for a fun night out with industry friends including a Cornhole tournament. For more info go to

ATTN: Women in the Fastener Industry! WIFI honors the memory of Ann Bisgyer Wolz, co-publisher of Fastener Industry News. Ann first worked in the fastener industry during high school for her stepfather, Eric Cohn, at Allied International. She later entered the trade show industry in New York City and returned to fasteners when she and spouse John Wolz acquired Fastener Industry News in 1994 where they shared co-publisher titles.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to become a Certified Fastener Specialist with the Fastener Training Institute. Apply for the WIFI Ann Bisgyer Wolz Scholarship today! Submission deadline: July 10, 2023 Visit to apply today! 

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Registration is OPEN for MWFA FSTNR Week which will take place in Chicago August 20-24, 2023!

Members and attendees will experience:

  • A Bed Build event at Abbott Interfast to support the Sleep in Heavenly Peace organization,
  • MWFA Member Plant Tours
  • Print Reading Seminar
  • the 41st MWFA Fastener Show
  • Retro 80’s Fastener Bash
  • MWFA 70TH Golf Outing & Mixer.
  • For all the details and to register go to

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The Fastener Training Institute Announced Fastener Training Week will be held in Chicago on August 21st-25th, coinciding with the Mid-West Faster Association’s FSTNR Week! The Fastener Training Institute and the Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) continue their partnership to present Fastener Training Week — five intensive 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. For more info go to:

Fastener Training Week | Chicago | August 21-25, 2023

Registration is open for the 2023 International Fastener Expo at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas from October 9-11, 2023.

The International Fastener Expo (IFE) is the ultimate business-to-business expo for all things fasteners, machinery & tooling, and industrial products in North America. IFE caters to every level of the supply chain, making it the go-to event for industry professionals like you.

In addition to the exciting networking opportunities, the conference and education program at IFE 2023 will GIVE YOUR BUSINESS A LEADING EDGE. Hear from industry leaders and keynote speakers who will share their expertise on a variety of topics, including business growth strategies, cutting-edge technology, in addition to IFE’s new “Fireside Chat” that will engage discussion between the speaker and audience. You’ll also gain insights into the latest fastener inspection equipment, fastener vending technology and other advancements in the industry.

Register today at! USE PROMO CODE: FND50 and Save $50.00 on registration.

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