Author: Fastener News Desk

Business Leaders as Catalysts for Change

Today’s CEO creates opportunity through innovation and customer awareness. Strong cultural values come from the top. by Bob Woods Innovation and leadership have always been closely linked. For example, when Milwaukee inventor Warren Johnson developed the first electric thermostat in 1885, it led to the development of Johnson Controls, a company that has gone on to have a steady track record of innovation. George Oliver, CEO of the company since the fall of 2017, has become a leading proponent of agile business innovation, and a guide to the technological and social crosscurrents facing industrial companies. Oliver is a veteran of three...

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Materials Testing in the Aerospace Industry

Aerospace is a demanding industry for new product development and quality control. AZoM talks for Dr. Mike Keeble from Buehler about how they are rising to the materials testingchallenges set by the Aerospace Industry. Please could you start by telling us about Buehler and what you provide to the aerospace industry? Buehler is a division of Illinois Tool Works (ITW) – a global, Fortune 200 company and manufacturer of value-added consumables and specialty equipment with related service businesses. Buehler is the premier manufacturer of scientific equipment and supplies for the preparation of materials for microscopic analysis. We work in...

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2018 First Quarter Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey

2018 First Quarter Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey   At the NAM’s September board meeting, President Trump declared tax reform would be “rocket fuel” for the economy. Indeed, in the first survey since enactment of the historic tax reform bill, 93.5 percent of respondents registered a positive outlook for their company, the second highest level recorded in the survey’s 20-year history. Additionally, optimism among small manufacturers registered its highest level ever recorded with a reading of 94.5 percent.   Read More Optimism is High Following Tax Reform   Tax Reform Fuels Manufacturing Growth and Investment     “Empowered by tax reform...

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Fastener News Talks With Fastener Fair USA at the Inaugural Event in Cleveland!

“More than 2,000 registrants attended the show representing professionals from the entire supply chain, exceeding the expectations of the show organizer, Mack Brook Exhibitions, Inc. There were over 250 exhibitors from 20 countries looking to connect with customers in the heart of the Midwest manufacturing region representing a variety of industries like distribution, automotive, aerospace, energy, civil engineering, and construction”.     Some of the Event Highlights and Sessions Included: Fastener Fair USA ribbon cutting ceremony The “Future of the Fastener Industry” industry expert panel sponsored by Earnest Machine Products, which attracted nearly 100 attendees looking for industry forecasts...

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Earnest Machine Adds New Drilling Capability

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         Earnest Machine Adds New Drilling Capability High-volume production drilling makes custom easy   ROCKY RIVER, OH—April 4, 2018–-Earnest Machine has added new equipment at its Rocky River, OH, facility that enables the company to do high-volume production and specialty drilling of holes from 3/64” to 13/32”.   “Earnest has always offered low-volume drilling of parts,” said Al Shannon, manufacturing manager at Earnest Machine. “This new equipment opens up additional opportunities, enabling us to bring more drilling services in-house and allows us to take on higher volume runs of up to one million pieces.”  ...

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Fastener Fair USA Review

April 13, 2018 | travelingsalesman    Fastener Fair USA was held in Cleveland, Ohio over the past three days.  I’m probably going to be a bit biased as Cleveland is my home town and the convenience factor cannot be ignored.  Still, I think the show was great, especially for an inaugural show. There were a lot of attendees from Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky.  Speaking with show management during the show, they confirmed there was a lot of activity from those areas but they also assured me they will share demographic information with me in order to see who else was...

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International Fastener Expo Secures Dates Through 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE North America’s Most Established Gathering of Fastener Industry Professionals Secures Dates for International Fastener Expo through 2020. Los Angeles, CA (April 12, 2018) – The International Fastener Expo (IFE), first established in 1981 and holding consecutive events for more than three decades, has secured the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for its annual prestigious event, through 2020. IFE 2018: October 30 – November 1 IFE 2019: September 17 – 19 IFE 2020: September 28 – 30 Event organizer Emerald Expositions has leveraged decades of relationship-building to secure the Las Vegas dates for an unprecedented multi-year contract, allowing...

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Fastener Company Acquisitions Completed During the Second Half of 2017

About the Author: RICHARD P. HAGAN Richard P. Hagan is the president of Pinnacle Capital Corporation, a boutique investment banking firm which specializes in providing merger & acquisition advisory services to the global fastener industry.  Since its founding in 1993, Pinnacle has provided expert guidance and assistance to a broad range of fastener company clients – large and small, manufacturers and distributors, publicly-traded and privately-owned – in numerous countries around the world.  The majority of the projects undertaken by Pinnacle are sale / divestiture assign-ments. The firm also provides expert advice and assistance with acquisitions, strategic investments, joint venturepartnerships, debt &...

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Inaugural Fastener Fair USA Makes Debut in Cleveland

On Wednesday, April 11th the long awaited Mack Brooks Fastener Fair USA will make its inaugural debut at Cleveland’s Huntington Convention Center. Mack Brooks Exhibitions is renowned for organizing targeted trade exhibitions in diverse industrial sectors, such as engineering, transport, infrastructure, chemicals and industrial manufacturing. The portfolio of events covers specialized technology areas including sheet metal working, airport technology, rail technology, traffic management, construction, tunneling, waste management, recycling, water technology, fastening and fixing technology, specialty chemicals, corrugated and carton manufacturing, paper, film and foil converting, printing and packaging. Mack Brooks Publishing’s print and online publications provide market intelligence and expertise...

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Smart Manufacturing: Think Big, Start Small

Christine Longroy | Automotive Industry Manager | SME       Smart manufacturing is about making the best decisions in the shortest time possible based on the most accurate real-time data—whether those decisions are made by people, machines or cyber-physical systems. This is the foundation for being flexible, effective, responsive, and competitive. A smart manufacturing initiative does not need to be a huge project. It may be better to start small, but with the right approach and priorities. According to a new survey from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG; Troy, MI), a global management consultancy and leader in smart...

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Overcoming mobile measurement challenges to drive brand lift and sales growth

            Matt Lawson Director of Marketing, Performance Ads at Google   Mobile has become an extension of consumers, and a critical tool in every marketer’s toolkit. Google’s Director of Marketing, Matt Lawson, sat down with Bain & Company‘s Global Marketing Practice Lead, Laura Beaudin, to discuss how brands can use mobile to engage consumers and drive growth.   Consulting firm Bain & Company has been helping brands discover business opportunities and rise to new challenges for more than 40 years. In recent research with marketing leaders, they found that the brands succeeding today are those...

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Tariff on Hex Nuts? Will Fastener Industry Take a Direct Hit?

April 6, 2018 / travelingsalesman / 1 Comment   I’m not an expert on tariffs but I do keep my ear to the ground to hear what is rumbling.  A note that passed my desk pointed out that President Trump’s next proposed round of tariffs would, in fact, affect HTS code 73181600 – the code for “Nuts made of Iron or Steel”.    That is correct, there could be a 25% tariff on hex nuts imported from China.  Folks, that a lot of hex nuts!  In fact, that might just be where a lot of all hex nuts you buy and sell are coming...

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How to get the most out of attending an event?

You only have so much time and energy throughout the year, so you may have to be strategic about the events you choose to attend. With so many options, what type of event is right for you? Are you looking to gain more industry insights? Then a conference might be the right fit for you. Do you care more about networking with as many like-minded peers as possible? Check out a convention. A good way to identify a suitable conference is to ask your clients about the conferences they attend. Conference: Focuses on larger industry issues and trends, and typically...

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Nucor Steel Tariffs and 3D Printing

by Charles Goulding R&D Tax Savers | Mar 12, 2018 Nucor is America’s leading steel company with steel mill and steel products facilities throughout the country. Nucor produces about 15 million tons of steel per year including hot and cold rolled steel, steel joists and metal buildings. They have a production capacity of over 26 million tons. Nucor also is North America’s largest steel recycler and saves about 19.2 million tons of steel from landfills every year. The company favors the new and controversial steel tariffs and has always been an agile competitor in the challenging steel industry. Nucor has both raw steel processing and...

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AM Continues Rapid Ascent, Targets New Markets

CO). Additive manufacturing (AM), commonly known as 3D printing, is a vibrant and dynamic field. Each year, developments in AM allow organizations to create products that were previously unthinkable. Novel design methods, advanced materials and complex geometric features are some of the reasons why AM stands out among methods of manufacturing. It is causing nearly every industrial sector to rethink the way they might design and manufacture products. New AM system manufacturers, material producers and software developers, as well as interesting business models, are entering the market. They present endless possibilities for those in product development and manufacturing around...

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MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions Receives Supplier Award from Toyota

MUNDELEIN, Ill., April 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Metform division of MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions (MFCS), a supplier of forgings, fasteners and machined parts, was recognized with an Excellent Quality award from Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA) at its Annual Supplier Business Meeting (ABM) on March 20, 2018. Held at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, ABM brings together approximately 850 supplier representatives from across North America. Dave Lomasney, MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions president, stated, “We are honored to receive this recognition from Toyota. MacLean-Fogg employees have been focusing diligently on LEAN manufacturing, innovation, and quality work. This outstanding award for the Metform team is proof...

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DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK | SPRING 2018 | VOL 41 NO.2

READ NEW ISSUE NOW:  FEATURED ARTICLES: Cover Story: AMPG – Accurate Manufactured Products Group ABOUT LINK MAGAZINE Distributor’s Link Magazine is an award winning publication for the Fastener Industry. Servicing the Fastener Distributor market since 1976, we LINK together the industry with its affiliated organizations, reaching the fastener distributor nationwide. With our print edition, digital magazine, new LINK Magazine App and social media presence, we are reaching the global market! LINK Magazine is published quarterly and is the largest, most popular magazine in the business. Our readers consider us “The Most Reliable” and the only publication that taps into...

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Connect And Collaborate With Your Peers at Fastener Fair USA

Connecting and collaborating with other professionals in your industry is one of the best parts of face-to-face events and we recognize how important networking opportunities are for the fastener and fixing industry. To that end, we have planned several networking opportunities to help you meet and build relationships with your industry peers.   Fastener Fair USA is turning out to be the industry show that you just can’t miss. Every week, new exhibitors, educational sessions, and events are being added to Fastener Fair USA, scheduled for April 11-12, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio.   We spoke with Andrew Pfeifer, Business...

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North Coast Fastener Association Hall of Fame Dinner & Award Ceremony

Fastener News Desk was an attendee at the North Coast Fastener Association’s Hall of Fame dinner last Thursday evening. It was well attended event and for those there it was a reminder of how we all started in this industry.  That this event was even possible is a story in itself. Marty Nolan, aka Traveling Salesman, being the adventurous guy that he is wondered what happened to the industry’s physical Hall of Fame bricks that had been installed in front of the original home of the Fastener Show in Columbus, OH. He took a road trip to Columbus and...

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IFI Letter to POTUS: Section 232 National Security Investigations of Imports of Steel and Aluminium

              February 22, 2018 The Honorable Donald J. Trump President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 20500   RE:  Department of Commerce’s Proposed Remedies under the Section 232 National Security Investigations of Imports of Steel and Aluminum Dear Mr. President: The Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) respectfully requests your consideration of the potential negative impacts on the U.S. fastener manufacturing industry from the proposed remedies presented to you by the Department of Commerce’s (Commerce’s) Section 232 National Security investigations on steel and aluminum.  In our view, the negative effects on downstream consumers of...

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Nucor Applauds Trump Administration Implementation of Steel Tariffs

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) is pleased that President Trump moved forward today to implement the tariffs on steel imports he announced last week. For years, foreign producers have found every way possible to circumvent our country’s trade laws and it is time for the U.S. government to aggressively use all the tools at its disposal to ensure our economic security and national defense. Taking this comprehensive action makes it clear to foreign competitors that dumping steel products into our market will no longer be tolerated. “We thank the President for taking decisive and meaningful action to...

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An Inside Look At How ARP Fasteners Are Made

By BRIAN WAGNER MARCH 11, 2018   Nuts and bolts — they’re some off the smallest parts of anything mechanical, but they are also vital to holding any mechanical device together. ARP manufactures all forms of fasteners that are used inside engines of all sizes and horsepower levels, so they have to maintain a high level of quality. In this video, ARP takes us on a unique tour of how they manufacture their products. ARP may have started out as a company in a garage, but it’s a certifiable powerhouse within the fastener segment, producing a wide range of products. With multiple facilities...

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AGREEMENT OF FASTENER FAIR MEXICO AND CAREINTRA WIDENS THE INDUSTRIAL FASTENER RANGE OF SUPPLIERS IN WESTERN MEXICO

The agreement includes benefits in innovative industrial fastener technology for CAREINTRA members Guadalajara, Jal. Mexico, March 7, 2018. –  In order to expand the range of fastening and fixing products and suppliers available to manufacturing companies in the region, CAREINTRA – the Regional Chamber of Industry Transformation of the State of Jalisco, and Fastener Fair Mexico – the leading event in Latin America for fastening and fixing technology, signed a cooperation agreement for the 2018 event to be held for the first time in the city of Guadalajara, June 20 – 21. For Juan Porras Brambila, President of CAREINTRA,...

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Fastener Fair USA Welcome Party

Make sure to get registered for the Inaugural Fastener Fair USA! Let’s show the folks from Fastener Fair a warm USA welcome and get registered today! You won’t want to miss the welcome party at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!  Connecting and collaborating with other professionals in your industry will be one of the best parts of Fastener Fair USA. The welcome reception on April 11 will take place at the iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This networking party promises to be a fantastic way for all exhibitors and attendees to connect at one of...

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Foreverbolt® Sets New Standard for Stainless Steel Fasteners

SIGNAL HILL, Calif., Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Over 15 years in the making, NL-19 is Foreverbolt‘s proprietary lab-tested treatment that modifies the surface of stainless steel products, producing a brighter finish, increased strength, and superior corrosion resistance all without affecting the fastener’s exterior dimensions. The Foreverbolt NL-19 treatment is an advanced corrosion protection that can dramatically reduce future maintenance and repair costs. “Stainless steel fasteners have remained unchanged since their creation nearly 80 years ago,” explains company founder Patrick Vogel. “Under normal conditions ordinary stainless fasteners will corrode and fail, resulting in unwanted replacement and maintenance costs. The NL-19 treatment modifies the surface...

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The Future of 3D Printing

The Future of 3D Printing by Scott Fawcett Now more than ever, manufacturers are having to respond to increased connectivity and digitisation in the industry. Driven by the changing demands of customers, manufacturers must be dynamic and flexible, responding quickly to find solutions that meet customers’ requirements. This industry evolution, more commonly known as Industry 4.0, will shape the future of 3D printing. Put simply, Industry 4.0 describes the current transformation of manufacturing practices towards a more automated and data driven model and 3D printing is a vital building block in that evolutionary process. As the rate of technological...

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Bossard Enters the Emerging Market of Additive Manufacturing

March 05, 2018 The Bossard Group is entering with three partners the emerging market of 3D printing. Together with its subsidiary KVT-Fastening, Bossard will present three different technologies at the Additive Manufacturing Expo in Lucerne from March 6 to 7, 2018. Cooperation partners for the Swiss market include TRUMPF (laser metal fusion), German RepRap (fused filament fabrication) and Henkel (stereolithography). These partnerships will allow Bossard to sell 3D industrial printers and related consumables (metal powder, filaments, etc.). Bossard will also act as a partner in consulting customers up to designing complex parts for 3D printing. The Bossard Group views...

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IFE Confirms Unprecedented American Access to European Markets at Upcoming 2018 Fastener Expo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Courtney Harold 323.817.2217 Courtney.Harold@emeraldexpo.com   Los Angeles, CA, February 27, 2018 – On the heels of record-breaking attendance at their October 2017 show, the International Fastener Expo partnered with Berlin-based EFDA (European Fastener Distributor Association) to bring a large delegation from 11 different European countries to IFE 2018. The EFDA represents 170 European-based innovators with collective sales of more than 4 billion Euros. EFDA’s “Securing the Future” documentation describes the global fastener industry with great concern. “Our sector is no longer a simple ‘box-shifter’ that can adapt overnight to changes in the regulatory environment.” As...

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Facts About Manufacturing

There’s a very old parable, thought to have originated in the Indian subcontinent, of six blind (or blind-folded) men asked to describe an elephant. They reach different conclusions depending upon which part of the elephant they touch: Side – it’s like a wall Leg – it’s like a tree Trunk – it’s like a snake Tusk – it’s like a spear Ear – it’s like a fan Tail – it’s like a rope The point is that people have the tendency to project their partial observations to represent the entirety of something.  Each man was “correct” in their assessment, they...

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How to Begin Your Digital Transformation Journey in Six Steps

The most discussed topic in business today is digital transformation, but it begs the question: Why? Before we embark on the journey of digital transformation, let us explore why this may be important.  Companies are in a constant cycle of creating value, monetizing value and defending value. While the cycle keeps repeating itself, the way a company goes about this cycle changes over time. Let us consider the example of value creation in the movie industry.  Twenty years ago, a movie producer may have relied on instinct, experience or basic market research to determine the type of movies that resonates with...

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How To Teach A Robot To Screw

Humans easily outperform machines when it comes to tightening and loosening screw fasteners. The future of manufacturing and recycling may depend on changing that. by Emerging Technology from the arXiv February 12, 2018 In the pantheon of technologies that make our modern society possible, one of the most underappreciated and neglected is the threaded fastener, more commonly known as the screw. This technology emerged at the dawn of the industrial era, when it became possible to make metal gadgets like these on a large scale. Today, these devices literally hold the world together. Our 21st-century lifestyles would not be...

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Global Applications for the Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator Now Open!

HARTFORD, Conn., Feb. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) and Techstars today announced that the application period for the Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator is now open. Last month, Stanley Black & Decker and Techstars, one of the world’s best startup accelerators, announced the formation of a three-year partnership and the launch of the Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator in Hartford. This mentorship-driven, entrepreneurial accelerator program will select 10 startups in the additive manufacturing space to participate in its first year. The Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator will focus on additive manufacturing, which includes technologies that build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material....

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Stanley Black & Decker Has Reached An Agreement To Purchase Nelson Fastener System

Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) has reached an agreement to purchase Nelson Fastener Systems, a manufacturer of fasteners and studs, from Doncasters Group for approximately $440 million in cash. The acquisition does not include Nelson’s automotive stud welding business, according to the seller. Founded in 2016, Nelson is a global distributor of fasteners and fastening systems. The target manufactures industrial products made from a variety of materials, including: carbon steels, stainless steel, alloys and more. The Elyria, California-based company operates as a subsidiary of Doncasters serving the aerospace, automotive, construction, energy, industrial, marine and military markets. Doncasters’ divestiture of Nelson comes as the...

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Apex Supply Chain Technologies Unveils State-of-the-Art European HQ

HARTLEBURY, WORCESTERSHIRE — Apex Supply Chain Technologies® Ltd. has expanded its presence to better serve its growing European customer base. An official opening ceremony was held at Apex House, the company’s new facility in Hartlebury, Worcestershire, on Wednesday 7th February 2018 for customers, area dignitaries, industry partners and employees. More than double the size of its previous UK footprint, Apex House is a 46,000 square-foot facility bringing together employees from assembly, sales, operations, customer support and administration across multiple locations into a single, customer-focused facility. Central to this facility is a purpose-built, 3,750 square-foot Technology Centre, featuring the latest Apex solutions for...

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Imbera Puts Big Chill on Fastener Supply Problems

Some manufacturers make cool products, figuratively speaking. But, Imbera literally makes them. Founded in 1941 as Industrias Montiel, Imbera is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial refrigeration units for liquid, food and dairy products. The company has plants in Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil, and it maintains manufacturing alliances in Argentina, Turkey, Pakistan and the Philippines. In addition, Imbera exports to 45 countries, has sales offices in eight of them and provides equipment maintenance in nine, including the U.S. and Canada. About two years ago, managers at the company’s Queretaro, Mexico, plant were forced to address a fastener supply chain...

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Distributor’s Link | WINTER 2018 | VOL 41 NO.1

  Distributor’s Link Magazine is an award winning publication for the Fastener Industry.   FEATURED ARTICLES: Cover Story: Fastener Fair USA  2017 International Fastener Expo Wrap-Up Fastener News Desks Presents the 22017 IFE Best Booth Awards Women in the Fastener Industry (WIFI) Elect New Board Members Fastener Industry Veterans Issued US Patent for eCommerce Technology And Much More! ABOUT LINK MAGAZINE Distributor’s Link Magazine is an award winning publication for the Fastener Industry. Servicing the Fastener Distributor market since 1976, we LINK together the industry with its affiliated organizations, reaching the fastener distributor nationwide. With our print edition, digital...

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Fastener Fair USA to Offer Unique Educational Sessions and Industry Insights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Alexander Barton 847-720-4495 alexander@bartonchicago.com    Chicago, IL, January 31, 2018 – Fastener professionals will have a unique opportunity to get the latest industry information, forecasts, and technical education with keynote sessions and breakouts at the inaugural Fastener Fair USA, which will take place April 11-12, 2018 at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, OH.  Fastener Fair USA is the premier event bringing together manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and end users in this focused fastener and joining technology exhibition. The show offers a first-hand look at the latest solutions and technology available in the marketplace, networking, and...

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Fastener Fair USA to Bring Exhibitors from the Entire Supply Chain Together in One Place

  Fastener Fair USA is ramping up to be the “can’t miss” event in the fastener and fixing industry. Every week, new exhibitors, educational sessions, and events are being added to Fastener Fair USA, scheduled for April 11-12, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio. There are three key reasons why you must attend Fastener Fair USA next year – Exhibitors Representing the Entire Supply Chain, Unique Industry Education and Insights, and Networking Opportunities. One of the most important reasons you should attend Fastener Fair USA is that we are bringing exhibitors from the entire supply chain together in one place, which...

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HD Supply Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire A.H. Harris

HD Supply Construction & Industrial – White Cap expands its market leading branch footprint, value-added products and solution services for existing and new customers.   ATLANTA, Jan. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HD Supply Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:HDS), one of the largest industrial distributors in North America, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase A.H. Harris Construction Supplies, a leading specialty construction distributor serving the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. The purchase price is approximately $380 million. The transaction is expected to close in HD Supply’s first fiscal quarter of 2018 subject to obtaining customary regulatory...

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Brown Gibbons Lang & Company: M&A Accelerates in B2B Distribution

Cleveland, OH– December 14, 2017 – Liquidity is fueling deal making, with B2B Distribution seeing a rising level of merger and acquisition activity that is broad-based, according to the Industrials Insider, an industry report released by Brown Gibbons Lang & Company (BGL). Corporate and private equity buyers are highly active across all distribution sectors, with participants seeking opportunities to build scale and geographic footprint and expand into complementary products and markets.   Corporates have made recent headlines with notable targets in play, including Allied Building Products (Beacon Roofing Supply), the Waterworks Business of HD Supply (Clayton Dubilier & Rice), and Praxair...

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Here’s Why Aerospace Supply Chain Provider KLX Is Probably Going Private

  Aerospace supply chain provider KLX (NASDAQ: KLXI) jumped more than 9% just before Christmas after the company said it had retained bankers to explore strategic alternatives, including a potential sale. One particular alternative seems to make the most sense in this case. And that outcome would be a disappointment for investors seeking to make this under-the-radar company part of their long-term portfolio.   Airlines and aerospace companies rely on distributors like KLX to deliver spare parts quickly.   The nuts and bolts    KLX was spun out of airplane-seat maker B/E Aerospace in December 2014 following a push by activist Relational...

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Five Steps to Being a “Smarter” Manufacturer

Five Steps to Being a “Smarter” Manufacturer Smart Manufacturing By Tab Wilkins of NIST MEP There’s no question the digital manufacturing revolution is racing at us. As a small or medium-sized manufacturer, how close are you to already being “smart”? Here are five steps in the journey to becoming a smarter digital enterprise. First and foremost, be cybersecure. Cybersecurity is an underlying tenant of being a smart and trusted business partner. The more you rely on a digital platform for manufacturing, the more secure you’ll want to be for customers, suppliers and investors. The NIST MEP website has several cybersecurity resources...

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Registration Is Now Open for Inaugural Fastener Fair USA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Alexander Barton 847-720-4495 alexander@bartonchicago.com    Chicago, IL, December 21, 2017 – Registration is now open for Fastener Fair USA, the only industrial fastener and fixing show for the entire supply chain, which will take place April 11-12, 2018 at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, OH.    Fastener Fair USA is the premier event bringing together manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and end users in this focused fastener and joining technology exhibition. The show offers a first-hand look at the latest solutions and technology available in the marketplace, networking, and top-notch educational programs developed and delivered by...

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Diane Popovich Named President of Solon Manufacturing Company

December 2017 – Chardon, OH – Solon Manufacturing Company announces that current president, J. Timothy Dunn will assume the role of Chairman of the Board and appoints Diane Popovich as its new company president, effective January 1, 2018. Popovich holds the first female executive position in company history.   With his transition to Chairman of the Board, Dunn will take an active role in providing leadership to the organization’s officers and executives. Dunn joined Solon in 1979 after graduating from Ohio University. His career began in manufacturing as a lathe operator where he quickly developed his skills in operations...

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3 Reasons You Can’t Miss Fastener Fair USA

Fastener News Desk Spoke with Fastener Fair USA…we’ve got the scoop on the upcoming industry event! We are getting excited! Every week, new exhibitors, educational sessions and events are being added to Fastener Fair USA, scheduled for April 11-12, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. It is really shaping up to be a show you can’t miss for a variety of reasons. Fastener Fair USA’s goal is to bring together manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and end users for the region’s only dedicated fastener, fixing and joining technology exhibition. The show offers a firsthand look at the latest solutions and technology available in...

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Rock Valley College Cold Forming Training Center Receives $20,000 Donation

Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017 On Friday, December 8, 2017, Preston Boyd, Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) Chairman and Fastener Education Foundation (FEF) Board Member along with Robert Hill, IFI Manager of Industrial Products Division visited Rock Valley College’s Cold Forming Training Center (424 Buckbee Street, Rockford) to present a $20,000 check to the training center. Dave Booker, Rock Valley College’s Cold Forming Training Instructor and Bernie Luecke, Rock Valley College’s Director of the Business and Professional Institute were presented the check from Boyd and Hill. “On behalf of Rock Valley College and the Cold Forming Training Center, it is with sincere...

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Afixx & Crossroad Take Best Customer Experience with “Your Way is Our Way” Booth Design

INTERVIEW SERIES: AFIXX Alliance®  and Crossroad Distributor Source®   Please give us your name, title, job function and how many years you have worked in the fastener industry. Larry Kanne, VP/General Manager  with AFIXX since 2013 when it became a division of Pacific Warehouse Sales Scott Campbell, President, Executive Management, Crossroad Distributor Source 14 years   What inspired the design of your booths?  Each year we try to incorporate some of our companies underlying core messages. This year, we wanted to highlight the value of partnership and customer service by joining forces  with Crossroad Distributor Source to emphasize to our customers...

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UPS | Smarter Operations Chapter 2: The Value Chain’s Role in Your Digital Evolution

Chapter Two in this series looks at where manufacturers are investing in digital transformation and suggests ways they can advance their capabilities today. Digital Transformation Over 80% of manufacturers reported that some portion of their new technology initiatives are being driven by digital transformation. Digital Twin Understand how “digital twin” strategies can help you reduce risk, increase operations speed and responsiveness, and increase ROI. Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) Learn about the benefits of investing in IIOT that are often unobtainable without its deployment.             Download Full Report Now       Smarter Operations:...

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Unmasking Digital Transformation: 6 B2B Drivers for 2018

A look at the evolving trends of digital transformation as they relate to B2B companies in 2018. Nick Candito | Dec 05, 2017   By the end of this year, two-thirds of the Global 2000 CEOs will have digital transformation at the center of their corporate strategy. Many companies understand that moving operations off of paper is a natural first step, but many fear selecting something too narrow or burdening the organization at large with some Stone Age product. With those two ends of the spectrum, what does it really mean for companies to embrace digital transformation? Back in the ‘80s, the big...

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Forces of change: The future of mobility

Forces of change: The future of mobility A number of forces are converging to change the way people and goods travel from point A to point B. The resulting new mobility ecosystem could have wide-reaching impacts that span a host of industries and players.   Executive summary The entire way people and goods travel from point A to point B is changing, driven by a series of converging technological and social trends: the rapid growth of carsharing and ridesharing; the increasing viability of electric and alternative powertrains; new, lightweight materials; and the growth of connected and, ultimately, autonomous vehicles. The...

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How “Smart Bins” are Improving Industrial Supply Chains

Walk into any of the most high-tech manufacturing facilities, distribution centers or warehouses, and you’re likely to find a bin arrangement that feels out of place and dated. Bins, arranged in rows that are stacked on top of each other, hold all the vital parts and supplies that keep business moving – fasteners, tools, tape, wiring, personal protectiveequipment and anything else that can be imagined. But even as the supply chains for other parts of these operations have become more modern and advanced, bins are often stuck in the past. Many bin arrangements offer no visibility into the flow...

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Photo Gallery: 2017 International Fastener Expo | Fastener News Desk

International Fastener Expo | 2017 Show Wrap-Up https://www.fastenernewsdesk.com/20254/international-fastener-expo-2017-show-wrap/           Fastener News Desk Announces The 2017 Best Booth Awards Winners! https://www.fastenernewsdesk.com/20060/fastener-news-desk-announces-2017-best-booth-awards-winners/           Best Booth Award Winner AMPG Gives the Nuts and Bolts of Their Booth Design https://www.fastenernewsdesk.com/20227/best-booth-award-winner-ampg-gives-nuts-bolts-booth-design/         Rotor Clip Hits It Out of the Ballpark with Diamond Anniversary Theme Booth...

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The Future Looks Bright for Additive Manufacturing

As more companies embark on their digital transformation, they are increasingly reevaluating their manufacturing processes. They’re exploring how 3D printing can enhance and augment traditional manufacturing methods. Additive manufacturing is a powerful force within digital manufacturing, bringing new applications and markets into focus. In the future, the additive manufacturing market is predicted to reach $55.8 billion by 2027, according to a recent report by Smithers Pira. Here is how we think the future of 3D printing will enable this journey: Traditional versus Additive Manufacturing: A Seismic Shift Traditional manufacturing processes such as machining and injection molding have emerged as industry standards for high-volume mass production over...

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Fastener Fair USA to Bring Exhibitors from the Entire Supply Chain

  Fastener Fair USA is ramping up to be the “can’t-miss” event in the fastener and fixing industry, scheduled for April 11-12, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio. Every week new exhibitors, educational sessions and events are being added.   An important reason to attend the show is seeing exhibitors from the entire supply chain together in one place. Whether you are a manufacturer, distributor, supplier, OEM, or end user, the show will offer a firsthand look at the latest solutions and technology available in the marketplace.   “Fastener Fair has been very successful in Europe especially, and we look forward...

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Fastenal Museum to Showcase Humble Beginnings: Public Invited to the Private Museum

Kyle Farris | Winona Daily Newes | Nov 24, 2017 On Nov. 28, 1967, a small hardware store opened for business at 69 Lafayette St.in downtown Winona, drawing little fanfare and even fewer customers.   Now, 50 years later, Fastenal is a Fortune 500 company and the largest fastener distributor in North America, supplying nuts, bolts, screws and more to residents of Winona and citizens of Taiwan. And next week, Winonans are invited to see the old brick store where it all started, now a museum filled with stories and artifacts from the earliest days of Fastenal.   “The museum is...

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6 Trends Transforming Manufacturing in the US

  Sterling, VA, Nov. 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — What are the major trends transforming manufacturing in the U.S? Conventional wisdom, as reflected in much of the U.S. news media, seems to view manufacturing as an unchanging or change-averse business sector notable for its grease-stained, blue collar workforce and outdated heavy equipment. This stigmatizing (and utterly mistaken) perception often positions U.S. manufacturing as stuck in some bygone era, akin to an old machine left out in the rain. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, U.S. manufacturing is being transformed and disrupted by precisely the same forces transforming...

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Workforce professionals suggest changes to bring more women into manufacturing

Women make up nearly 47% of the American workforce. But the percentage of women working in manufacturing is about 29%, according to a report from international consulting firm Deloitte. Manufacturing needs more women in leadership positions a panel of human resources professionals said during a panel discussion at the South-Tec Manufacturing Conference in Greenville. Bringing more women into companies such as BMW in Greer requires focusing students on math, engineering and science, human resources professionals say. (Photo/BMW Manufacturing Co.) When companies have more women in leadership positions, there is more inclusiveness in those companies,” said Cheryl Thompson, founder of...

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Brighton Best Acquires Ironclad Performance Wear

“Acquisition set to propel IRONCLAD into new markets and expand product offerings” FARMERS BRANCH, Texas, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — IRONCLAD Performance Wear Corporation, the recognized leader in performance hand safety solutions announced today that it has been acquired by Brighton Best International, Inc. through an asset purchase. Eric Jaeger, one of the original Ironclad employees commented, “The entire Ironclad team is excited to work with our new owners. BBI will help us accelerate our growth in the marketplace by bringing fresh capital and broader access to the market.” Jun Xu, President of BBI stated, “Bringing together BBI’s distribution and logistics capabilities...

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Taeyang Metal Industrial Plans Manufacturing Plant In Franklin, Kentucky

South Korea-based Taeyang Metal Industrial Co. Ltd., which makes fasteners and cold-rolled steel products for the automotive industry, will invest nearly $15.6 million and create 76 full-time jobs to establish a manufacturing plant in Franklin, Kentucky. The facility will be the company’s first in the United States. Taeyang will build a 101,000-square-foot facility on a 30-acre site near I-65 in Simpson County. Construction is expected to begin in December and the facility is scheduled to open by September 2018. The Franklin location will allow the company to better serve its customers in the United States and expand its global market with production...

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After Decades of Pushing Bachelor’s Degrees, U.S. Needs More Tradespeople

FONTANA, Calif. — At a steel factory dwarfed by the adjacent Auto Club Speedway, Fernando Esparza is working toward his next promotion. Esparza is a 46-year-old mechanic for Evolution Fresh, a subsidiary of Starbucks that makes juices and smoothies. He’s taking a class in industrial computing taught by a community college at a local manufacturing plant in the hope it will bump up his wages. It’s a pretty safe bet. The skills being taught here are in high demand. That’s in part because so much effort has been put into encouraging high school graduates to go to college for...

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Rotor Clip Hits It Out of the Ballpark with Diamond Anniversary Theme Booth

INTERVIEW SERIES: ROTOR-CLIP The 2017 International Fastener Expo Best Booth award winners were recently revealed! The awards winners all deserve a virtual round of applause! Marketing a company, its products, team players and booth presentation at a trade show is an important task that takes creativity, thoughtfulness, marketing skills, and choosing the right team players to execute. This years Most Creative Booth winner was Rotor Clip. We caught up with Jürgen Wenzel to learn more about his incredible creativity year after year! Please give us your name, title, job function and how many years you are with Rotor Clip....

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THE HILLMAN GROUP ACQUIRES SPECIALTY FASTENER COMPANY

CINCINNATI, OHIO November 8th, 2017 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The Hillman Companies,Inc. (NYSE-AMEX: HLM.PR) and The Hillman Group, Inc. (collectively, “Hillman” or the “Company”) announced today that it has entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement by which it acquired substantially all of the assets, and assumed certain liabilities, of Hargis Industries, LP (“Hargis”), doing business as ST Fastening Systems (“STFS”), a specialty fastener manufacturer and distributor based out of Tyler, Texas. Hillman believes that STFS’s core product line of specialty fasteners fits well with Hillman’s fastener portfolio. STFS’s products are sold to metal building fabricators, hardware wholesalers, and building products distributors...

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Meeting Mass Customization Demands with 3D Printing

Today’s buyers are different than previous generations. They are living in a world of customization, where they can instantly download apps and customize their phones, their thermostat knows their preferences and they have uninterrupted access to music, movies and books. The empowerment gained by digital experiences delights us as individuals. Instant gratification has become a critical element in the consumption of information and goods. The expectations developed through interactions in the digital world fuel those same expectations for the physical world. This is why consumers won’t settle for what everyone else already has. They demand something unique to match...

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Manufacturing Skills Gap: The Problem and a Solution

  Manufacturing has been a stronghold in our society for generations, and the industry continues to play a significant role in today’s economy, contributing to financial growth, prosperity, national security and technological innovation. Not since the industrial revolution of the 1800s have we seen so much groundbreaking technology sweep the industry as we are today. Companies leading today’s rapid growth are investing heavily in mechanization and reaping generous rewards from their efforts. Smart manufacturing – including automation, robotics and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – is transforming the competitive landscape, allowing for increased flexibility in our factories and plants,...

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How Buyers Want to Talk to Your Business in 2018: The 3 Channels You Need

When we talk about conversion, we’re essentially talking about an exchange. Let’s say, for example, you’re offering a piece of downloadable content to your site visitors. It’s “free,” in terms of the lack of money paid for it, but some other information is traded. So, for example, in exchange for this ebook, the visitor fills out a form with a certain amount of contact information. At the end of the day, it’s still a transaction. But now — 11 years after HubSpot first came into existence — these transactions are starting to become diversified, and so are the reasons why we...

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R&D Tax Aspects of 3D Printed Fasteners

Fasteners are literally what hold the world together. A fastener is essentially any hardware that holds two objects together, such as bolts, nuts, screws, and anchors. Fasteners are found in everything from toys to highways. Advances in both plastic and metal 3D printing are making it possible to print hardware for a multitude of industries. Fasteners are usually manufactured using either machining techniques or forming (without cutting) techniques. Forming can be subdivided into hot forming and cold forming. Each of these manufacturing processes requires expensive machinery, multiple steps, significant labor costs, and is associated with challenging design limitations. 3D...

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Lessons from FABTECH

Posted By: Jeannine Kunz on November 10, 2017 FABTECH 2017 has come to an end, closing out a year of great manufacturing industry events for SME. Tens of thousands of people converged on McCormick Place in Chicago for the annual event, which showcased the latest products, developments, and solutions in metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing. Over the years, we’ve all witnessed manufacturing’s ups and downs and certainly the challenges being faced by the industry. But today, we see renewed faith in the sector’s renaissance, and the biggest reason for so much optimism lies with advanced manufacturing technology. Stakeholders...

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International Fastener Expo | 2017 Show Wrap-Up

From October 17th through the 19th, North America’s largest and most well-known gathering of fastener industry professionals returned to Las Vegas for the 37th consecutive International Fastener Expo. We want to thank all of our amazing media partners, corporate sponsors, exhibitors and attendees for making 2017 the expo’s greatest year yet. Record-breaking Attendance and Increase in Executive Presence  It was a packed floor with a record-breaking 5,000+ in attendance, 2,500+ qualified decision makers and over 750 exhibitors. A 26% increase in attendance over the past two years. Since 53% of attendees were executive management, it made for invaluable introductions...

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What Corporations Can Do To Reframe The Image Of STEM

Anna Powers ,  WOMEN@FORBES                 It is no secret that STEM holds a tremendous potential to generate multibillion dollar companies that shape our world. Its sheer force to transform the world we live in makes a career in STEM exhilarating and exciting. But more than that, STEM careers offer both intellectual and financial rewards. However, a big problem currently facing the STEM industry is the lack of talent in STEM. By 2018,  there will be 2.4 million unfilled jobs in STEM in the US. If this trend continues, companies that rely on STEM talent will have...

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Best Booth Award Winner AMPG Gives the Nuts and Bolts of Their Booth Design

Interview Series: AMPG The 2017 International Fastener Expo Best Booth award winners were recently revealed! The awards winners all deserve a virtual round of applause! Marketing a company, its products, team players and booth presentation at a trade show is an important task that takes creativity, thoughtfulness, marketing skills, and choosing the right team players to execute. This years Best Booth Award winner was chosen because of the unique usage and display of their products in their booth design. We were very curious to find out what had inspired this very creative booth.  We spoke with Matt Goldberg, CEO...

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BE AFRAID. BE VERY AFRAID.

By Susan Bloom Industry expert Justin King believes that distributors should be “terrified” following the recent launch of Amazon Business Prime.  Here’s why and how he suggests they compete with the online giant. On October 24, small businesses were rocked by an announcement they’d long dreaded—Amazon’s launch of ‘Business Prime Shipping,’ a service which offers business customers unlimited free two-day shipping based on a tiered pricing schedule (e.g., $499 for up to 10 users, $1,299 for up to 100 users, and $10,099 for over 100 users).  With the announcement—which represents the extension of Amazon’s profitable consumer-focused Prime service to...

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How Can E-commerce Fight Back (and Win) Against Amazon?

Ecommerce companies need to get innovative if they’re going to prevent Amazon from taking over. Amazon beat its quarterly earnings estimate last week and its stock surged by over 7% as a result, making Jeff Bezos the richest man in the world. It’s estimated that Amazon will account for about 43% of US ecommerce sales in 2017 from 38% in 2016. As compared to Walmart growing from 2.8% to 3.6% in 2017. Fortunately, Walmart’s acquisition of Jet.com and promotion of Mark Lore to lead all of Walmart’s ecommerce efforts has been paying off because Walmart never had a successful platform business model....

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WÜRTH INDUSTRY NORTH AMERICA STRENGTHENS ITS CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS

Immediate Release November 1, 2017 WÜRTH INDUSTRY NORTH AMERICA STRENGTHENS ITS CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS Indianapolis, USA – Würth Industry North America (WINA) is strengthening its structural fastening portfolio and has acquired Weinstock Bros., Inc. in Valley Stream, New York. Weinstock Bros., Inc. serves the needs of some of the world’s leading steel fabricators and erectors. The New York based company, with more than a century of experience, has earned the reputation of a go-to supplier and specializes in supplying high strength structural bolts, tools and equipment for some of the most demanding structural steel building and bridge construction projects. Over...

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Fastener News Desk Announces The 2017 Best Booth Awards Winners!

FASTENER NEWS DESK PRESENTS THE WINNERS OF THE 2017 BEST BOOTH AWARDS   The International Fastener Expo (formerly the National Industrial Fastener and Mill Supply Expo) is the largest B2B of industrial fasteners and tooling & machinery in North America. Since 1981, the event continues to bring together the manufacturers and master distributors of fasteners, precision formed parts, fastener machinery & tooling and other related products and services with distributors and sales agents in the distribution chain. Held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, the event consists of an all-day conference program presented by endorsing fastener associations and a...

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Technical Drivers for High Performance Fastener Coatings

Fastener coatings specialists must keep up with ever evolving requirements of today’s automotive industry to achieve success in their operations. Here MacDermid Enthone looks at the key criteria that fastener design and corrosion engineers evaluate when choosing coatings for powertrain, exterior, interior and safety critical fasteners. Failure of coatings to meet these criteria could present major challenges to applicators worldwide. So, what is the key criteria? Environmental compliance New coatings must conform to the latest legislative requirements. The primary directives that a coated fastener must comply with are ELV (End of Life Vehicle) Directive, REACH (EU Regulation for the...

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Natural Disasters Boosting Demand for Metal Roofs

By Todd Prince Las Vegas Review-Journal: Hurricanes and fires are on the minds of metal construction workers as they gather this week in Las Vegas for MetalCon, the industry’s largest U.S. expo. Industry professionals say demand for metal roofing has been growing in recent years, driven in large part by retrofitting of existing homes and commercial buildings.  Now, with hundreds of thousands of homes damaged or destroyed by natural disasters in Texas, Florida and California, metal workers expand demand to pick up as those affected repair or rebuild, some choosing more protective materials. “Between the fires and hurricanes, these...

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Amazon Is Conquering More Than Just Kale!

Amazon Business hit the one-million customer mark only a few years into its existence, which should send shivers down the spine of industrial suppliers like Grainger. Bloomberg Gadfly explains the uphill climb facing business-to-business suppliers not named Amazon. (video by Henry Baker)     Related Content: Grainger (GWW) Missed Earnings – Good for Amazon Business, Bad for B2B Distributors Amazon Business: Understanding the Threat to B2B...

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Speakers at STAFDA, International Fastener Expo

I was looking over information on the upcoming STAFDA show and saw their list of “Session Speakers”.  These speakers will be speaking on Sunday, November 12 which I think is the first day of the show. David Avrin – “Blink and they’re gone” – author of It’s Not Who You Know, It’s Who Knows You! Eric Chester – author of On Fire At Work: How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People without Burning Them Out Jill Geisler – author of Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know and also has a podcast Q&A:  Leadership and Integrity in the Digital Age Jason Young –...

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Steel City Bolt Receives Penn DOT Approval on A325 Heavy Hex Bolts

Steel City Bolt has been PennDot approved for many years on such products as F1554 gr 55 anchor bolts and anchor rods and headed items.We are pleased to announce we are now PennDot approved on A325 Heavy Hex Bolts. (A325 bolts are now a grade of bolt covered under ASTM F3125.) Call us 800-522-2658 or email at sales@steelcitybolt.com for your A325 bolt needs and the requirements under ASTM F3125. The ASTM A3125 specification covers high strength heavy hex structural bolts from 1/2″ – 1-1/2″ in diameter. These bolts are intended for use in structural connections and therefore have shorter thread lengths than standard...

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Source Global Interviews: Jennifer Jung of ShinJin Fastener of South Korea

Can you please give us your Name, Company Name and where you are located? My name is Jennifer Jung, and now working for SHINJIN FASTENERS CO., LTD. in Republic of Korea. Can you tell us about the products you manufacture? We produce bolts, screws and studs with both stainless steel and carbon alloy steel, and we are specialized in the cold forming production for big diameter screws such as 1-1/2” and small diameter with long length screws such as 1/2”x 14” long. We also have a special division for the power generation industry to serve customer’s crucial and critical requirements, and...

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Source Global Interviews: KH Jeong Sales Manager | Korea Parts & Fasteners

  Can you please give us your Name, Company Name and where you are located? KH Jeong – Sales Manager KPF – Korea Parts & Fasteners Corporate is located in South Korea. Our 54 yrs old Factory is in Korea and 6yrs old factory in Vietnam   Can you tell us about the products you manufacture? Structural, special OEM fasteners, heavy hex nuts, Hex cap screws, Socket cap screws, Flange screws   How important is the US market to your overall business strategy? About 30% of our fastener sales for US. So, it is very important region. We have...

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Several NE Ohio Fastener Companies Receive 2017 Business Longevity Awards

Congratulations to all the winners, we have highlighted the fastener companies! This year’s Business Longevity Award honorees are proof that hard work and a commitment to excellence can pay off. These 44 companies were built on timeless values and principles that set the stage for generations of economic achievement. Some of these businesses have recognizable brand names that are imbedded in the communities they call home. Others have maintained a low profile while consistently offering a great product to their customers. When things didn’t go their way, these organizations regrouped and bounced back stronger than ever. They are part...

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THREADED FASTENERS, INC. EXPANDS ITS REACH WITH ACQUISITION OF STATELINE FASTENERS

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Pam Denham 251.656.3843 pdenham6400@att.net MOBILE, ALA.-BASED THREADED FASTENERS, INC. EXPANDS ITS REACH WITH ACQUISITION OF STATELINE FASTENERS IN ROSSVILLE, GA Mobile, Ala. (October 13, 2017) — Threaded Fasteners, Inc. (TFI), an employee owned business specializing in the manufacturing, custom packaging and distribution of steel fasteners recently welcomed Stateline Fasteners of Rossville, Ga., to its growing family of businesses. “Stateline’s entire team will be joining forces with the TFI team already established in Chattanooga, Tenn., to serve our expanding market in Tennessee and north Georgia,” said Billy Duren, president of Threaded Fasteners, Inc. “Stateline’s staff brings a wealth of knowledge...

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Thinking outside the mold, with 3D printers that make objects of steel

A Metal X 3-D printer at Markforged in Watertown. Metal X isn’t built for speed, but it’s cheap enough to allow companies to buy them by the dozen and run them nonstop.   By Hiawatha Bray Globe Staff October 22, 2017   At first glance, there’s nothing high-tech about a stainless steel door hinge. Unless it’s made by Desktop Metal. But the company isn’t a Rust Belt relic — a metal-casting company left over from the glory days of America’s Iron Age. It’s a modern startup operating out of an office park in Burlington. Most everyone has seen or heard about 3-D printers...

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Source Global Interviews: Anthony Wijaya of PT. Garuda Metalindo Tbk

Company: Garuda Metalindo | International Fastener Expo 2017 | Booth#1616 Contact: Anthony Wijaya PT Garuda Metalindo Tbk manufactures and sells industrial components and sub components in Indonesia. It primarily offers nuts and bolts for use in motorcycle parts, auto parts, and other industries. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in North Jakarta, Indonesia. PT Garuda Metalindo Tbk is a subsidiary of PT Garuda Multi Investama. Address: Jl. Kapuk Kamal Raya No. 23 North Jakarta,  14470 Indonesia Founded in 1982 1,598 Employees www.garudametalindo.com   Can you please give us your Name, Company Name and where you are...

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World’s Largest Titanium Additive Manufacturing Facility Opens in New York

Sometimes additive manufacturing is simply outclassed by traditional techniques like molding, casting or machining. In other cases, the technology’s strengths make it a no-brainer. For example, the long lead times, low batch sizes and high cost of aerospace parts make additive a perfect fit in this industry. GE’s famous fuel nozzle is just one example. Another area in which additive manufacturing shines is working with titanium. Notoriously difficult and expensive to cut, 3D printing titanium parts is proving to be a better solution than conventional machining. Naturally, these two advantages combine to create metal additive’s wheelhouse: titanium aerospace parts. Norsk Titanium, an FAA-approved supplier...

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SME Chief Warns of ‘Silver Tsunami’ Facing Manufacturing

NOVI, MI — Manufacturing faces an even larger shortage of skilled workers as older employees retire over the next few years, the head of SME said in a speech today. “Call it the ‘Silver Tsunami,’” Jeff Krause, executive director and CEO of SME (Dearborn, MI), said during an address at the HxGN LOCAL Automotive Summit in Novi, MI. “Manufacturing companies need a succession plan,” Krause said. “How do you attract and retain millennials?” Many factory jobs are held by Baby Boom generation workers who are retiring from the workforce. For example, the Center for Automotive Research (Ann Arbor, MI)...

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Source Global Interviews: Lenny Damberg of Hardlock Industry Company from Japan

Fastener News Desk spoke with HARDLOCK Industry at the 2017 International Fastener Expo in Las Vegas! Can you please give us your Name, Company Name and where your company is located? My name is Lenny Damberg and I work for HARDLOCK Industry Co., Ltd. in Japan. Can you tell us about the products you manufacture? We manufacture unique self-locking fasteners with one of the strongest locking effects in the industry. Our HARDLOCK products are maintenance-free due to the strong locking effect and they are re-usable with hardly any change in performance. This means increase in productivity wherever adopted and immense reduction...

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Fastener News Desk Speaks with Joe Stephens | CEO of Motor City Industrial | IFE 2017 Series

Fastener News Desk Speaks with Joe Stephens | CEO  Motor City Industrial    Where is Motor City Industrial located? Hazel Park, MI Can you tell us about the products and services your company offers? At MCI we offer a variety of products and services to our customers throughout the Midwest and Southeast. We have a comprehensive suite of supply chain technologies, from an online portal to weight based scales, industrial vending machines and lockers to ensure that our customers get what they need when they need it. We also provide our customers with smart inventory management systems, a wide range...

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Michigan reclaims Guinness World Record for largest gathering of Rosie the Riveters

                                            Michigan reclaims Guinness World Record for largest gathering of Rosie the Riveters   AMBER AINSWORTH OCTOBER 15, 2017, 3:44 AM Saturday, Michigan reclaimed the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Rosie the Riveters since World War II. About 3,755 women and girls gathered at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center to beat the record of 2,229 Rosies set last year in California. The gathering included 58 original Rosies. “Today a diverse group of women, from 6 weeks to 110 years old, traveled...

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Current Technologies transforming the Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturing was the leading job trend during the Industrial Revolution. Nearly 2/3 of the labor force was employed in factories, with workers described as strictly “blue collar.” This was the common perception; manufacturing being a strictly blue collar industry, with workers grinding with their bare hands to get a job done. Now, times are changing and recent developments in technologies promise innovation and excitement. The implementation of advanced technologies has brought change to an industry that defined us a hundred years ago. The new trends in the industry bring increased speed, customization, precision and efficiency to ensure goods are...

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American Fastener Journal, September/October 2017

American Fastener Journal, September/October 2017 Featured Articles: Prestige Stamping Celebrates 50 years How to Hand Down the Family Business From One Generation to Another Volt 25th Anniversary International Fastener Expo & More! About American Fastener Journal The American Fastener Journal is a respected and recognized provider of fastener and business information. Advertising in the AFJ will increase awareness of your company within the fastener industry. For more than 30 years, the American Fastener Journal has provided the reach, frequency and depth of readership that is vitally important to companies as they decide how to invest their advertising...

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FASTENER TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

Fastener Technology International, October/November 2017 Featured Articles: International Fastener Expo Spotlight on packaging Testing Labs & Regulations Fastener Focus & More! About Fastener Technology International Fastener Technology International is a bimonthly international technical magazine for manufacturers, distributors and users of all types of fasteners. Fastener Technology International puts you in touch with the key decision makers…worldwide. Every issue includes a magazine-in-a-magazine section called Fastener Focus for fastener distributors, OEMs and users....

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Fastener Industry Veterans Issued US Patent for eCommerce Technology

PRESS RELEASE:  October 16th, 2017   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                    CONTACT: Cris A. Young | EVP | PH: 1-800-FASTENERS | EM: cris@HudsonFasteners.com Fastener Industry Veterans Issued US Patent for eCommerce Technology Youngstown, OH.—Product Genius Technology Founders and Fastener Industry veterans, Lisa J. Kleinhandler, CEO  and...

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10 Must Do’s At The International Fastener Expo 2017 In Las Vegas

Are you ready to participate in the largest fastener industry event in No. America! The International Fastener Expos brings together… 850 + Distributors, Manufacturers, and Suppliers of Fasteners, Specialty Tooling and Machinery — All in One Place. All within three days. 2,500+ attendees from 30+ countries visit the International Fastener Expo each year in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA to network and find new products and suppliers. 77% of attendees agree that the International Fastener Expo is a “must attend” event. Why? Because the International Fastener Expo is the most comprehensive B2B trade show that draws together large and small...

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