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Fastener News Desks’ Best Booth Awards Return to the 2017 International Fastener Expo

Exhibitors are you ready for the 2017 International Fastener Expo in Vegas? The Fastener News Desk Best Booth Awards want you! Best Booth Awards recognize International Fastener Expo exhibitors for their booth design, creativity and branding. The awards are a way to honor and reward those exhibitors whose time, energy and effort went into creating their displays, that inspire and wow the attendees. We are very excited about the upcoming exposition, the new venue and seeing the creativity from this year’s exhibitors. There certainly will be plenty to choose from for the awardees, with over 850 exhibitors!  Be on the lookout for Fastener...

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The Fastener Show Inducts Field Fastener CEO into Fastener Hall of Fame

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Fastener Show Inducts Field Fastener CEO into Fastener Hall of Fame                                                                                                           Los Angeles, CA (March 21, 2017) – The Fastener Show has partnered with The Fastener Industry Coalition to choose Bill Derry, Chairman and CEO of Field Fastener to be honored...

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How To Save The Life Of A Tradeshow Sales Lead

  Author:  Peter Gillett, CEO, Zuant Since the dawn of marketing, tradeshow and other in-person events have been the largest items in the B2B marketing budget, often exceeding more than 50 percent of the total budget. And yet, have you ever seen an ROI report on tradeshow activity proving this huge investment is paying off? If they exist they are as rare as Beluga caviar. Sadly, most event managers focus on creating great looking booths and coming home with a load of leads at the end of the show. There’s no regard for quality. It’s all about volume because...

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Top Tips OEMs Should Consider When Purchasing Automotive Fasteners

Automotive OEMs can eliminate or overcome production issues caused by fastening problems by using the design expertise of fastener manufacturers. However, not all fastener manufacturers are created equal. It is essential to choose a manufacturer who not only has the expertise and capacity to meet strict specifications, but also can incorporate design features that save on assembly time and cost, while improving the quality and resilience of completed assemblies. Buckeye Fasteners offers tips to help OEMs collaborate with their fastener manufacturers to optimize the design and production process associated with the installation of their fasteners.   Click Here to...

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Fastener Professionals Reflect on Mobile Training

The tale of training and upskilling has long been told. Imagine needing this training and having the solution arrive on your doorstep. Imagine the gift comes wrapped in black and turquoise with 18 wheels. The Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) mobile training unit is just that and the only imagination needed is for the future of possibilities that it offers. At the 9th annual North Coast Fastener Association (NCFA) Fastener Social on May 18, 2017, fastener professionals had the opportunity to take a look inside of the mobile unit. We spoke to a few of them on their way out.  “I found it to be...

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Student Teams Submit Prototype Product Designs for Rotor Clip Contest

Rosemary Astheimer challenges CGT 22600 (Introduction to Constraint-Based Modeling) students with a different project every semester, and Rotor Clip’s “Ring-A-Majig” contest provided the inspiration for this spring’s coursework. In the course, students focus on learning how to use Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and then applying what they’ve learned to create product designs and build prototypes of those designs which incorporate 3-D printed and laser-cut parts. “I like students to experience the challenges they will face when working in industry, including working in groups, coming up with designs that fit the requirements given to them, and then getting firsthand...

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National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo Hall of Fame Nominations are Open

Nominations for the National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo (NIFMSE) Hall of Fame are now OPEN! The NIFMSE ‘Hall of Fame’ was established in 1982 to recognize and honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the betterment of the fastener industry. Individuals are not selected based solely upon their personal achievements, tenure, or the financial success of their respective businesses but, rather, what they did to further the industry as a whole. Nominees will be considered based upon contributions to their business, to industry education, to industry associations, patents, government involvement, and community service among others.  Last year’s...

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Fastener Company Acquisitions Completed During the Second Half of 2016

  In this issue of Link Magazine, we will briefly review the fastener company acquisitions completed during the second half of the 2016 calendar year (see Link Fall 2016 Issue, page 36 for the acquisitions completed in the first half of 2016). It is impossible to track every single fastener company transaction because many deals involving private companies are not publicly disclosed. That said, we believe the following list is the most comprehensive and detailed you will find. With forty-nine deals being consummated last year, Fastener industry deal-making remained strong last year and 2016 witnessed the most deals completed...

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Important Points to Know and Remember Under NAFTA When Doing Business in Canada

Did You Know: 70% of United States exports go to Canada?  NAFTA/US Relations   The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is an agreement between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Under the treaty, these three countries have agreed to remove their trade barriers. With the goal of making these countries more competitive globally, NAFTA’s members contribute more than $20 trillion as measured by Currently NAFTA is the world’s largest free trade agreement. NAFTA has come under scrutiny and will have several revisions.  Whether you’re already exporting to Canada or not, it’s definitely a market you want to consider. If you are, there are...

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There’s No Place Like Home: 5 Ruby Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Build Your Brand on Rented Land

Digital media offers a lot of great avenues to promote business, social media being one of them. Whether it’s the road of Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or any other social media platform, they connect you to your customers and raise awareness about your company and brand. However, what makes a company run is a conversion, or transaction, between a customer and your product or service.  While these avenues are excellent tools and offer options for transactions, they should not be the only area where your attention is concentrated. These social media platforms are constantly changing their algorithms. Remember the...

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Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is the Official Hotel for This Year’s National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo

NIFMSE moves Welcome Reception party to the pool area at the Westgate, locks down lowest hotel rates, and added amenities for attendees, exhibitors and their guests during stay. National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo (NIFMSE) has announced the official hotel of this year’s expo is the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino (Westgate). Located right next door to the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Westgate invested more than a $100 million in renovations, including the newly remodeled pool deck area where the official Welcome Reception party will be held this year. In addition, NIFMSE has worked closely with the...

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The Nuts and Bolts of Acquisition Activity in the Global Industrial Fasteners Market

In the past few years, major producers of industrial fasteners have completed a number of acquisitions and divestitures that reflect the size and competitive environment of the global industrial fastener market.  According to Elliot Woo, analyst with The Freedonia Group, this trend is expected to continue, with the industry anticipated to become more concentrated as manufacturing, product development, marketing, and distribution costs continue to climb. Diversification & Expansion of Fastners Offerings Via Acquisitions Leading industrial fastener suppliers have used acquisitions to broaden their product portfolios to include new products and strengthen their position in specific market categories.  For example, the largest recent...

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