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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
NIFMSE Booth, Registration Numbers Up for 2016
• The booth count jumped over the 1,000 mark, easily topping the 2015 record of 829.  
• Emerald Expositions LLC did not announce specific attendance registration figures as previous show management did. However, by announcing distributor registration was up 18% over last year’s 1,248, that makes the 2016 figure about 1,473.
• Overall registration – including exhibitor personnel, marketing and media – was up 26% over the 2015 figure of 4,499 … making this year about 5,669. That tops the previous record of 5,629 set in 2007.


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NEWS BRIEFS
Fastener Sales Decline at Fastenal
Sales to manufacturing customers gained 1.3%, while sales to non-residential construction customers declined 1%.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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TriMas Appoints New Aerospace Group President
TriMas Aerospace operates multiple locations to design, develop and manufacture fasteners and other products.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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Smith Associates to Rep NEF
Founded in 1963, North East Fasteners manufactures in Connecticut.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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Accurate Screw Machine Receives AS9100 Certification
New Jersey manufacturer, a division of MW Industries since 1998, produces in the U.S.

Monday, December 5, 2016
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HEADLINES
Moss at STAFDA: Labor Shortage Should Scare You
"The percentage of workers ages 55 and up is double the number from 25 years ago," Moss says in STAFDA’s 2016 Associate State of the Industry speech.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
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O'Keeffe at NFDA: The 8 Stages of the Company Lifecycle
A company’s spot in a lifecycle is not based on age, sales, assets or employee headcount, and each stage has its advantages and problems.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
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PERSPECTIVE - Zehnder at NFDA: 'Looks Matter' At Fastener Companies
A difficulty in changing “looks” may be that many fasteners the industry handles are identical to ones Earnest Machine was selling when it was founded in 1948 and today, Zehnder acknowledged.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
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ACQUISITION: Lawson Products Acquires Mattic Industries
Founded in 1982 by John Matthew as an in-house distributor servicing southwestern British Columbia, Mattic has grown to 18-employees and 10 sales reps in Western Canada with branches in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
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PRODUCT NEWS
G.L. Huyett Releases Key Stock Catalog
G.L. Huyett, an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer, master distributor, and importer of non-threaded fasteners, grease fittings, and engineered fasteners, proudly announces the release of their new 188 page Key Stock catalog.
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Greenkote Adds Anti-Corrosion Coating Capacity
Company said it "more than doubled the capacity" at its headquarters production facility in Brook Park, Ohio.
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Bryce Fastener Patents Security Fastener
StykFit™ combines security and high productivity, giving the installer a faster installation.
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Alcoa Adds Joining System For Lightweight Cars
RSR resistance spot riveting technology solves long-time automotive challenge of joining dissimilar materials.
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FEATURES
FIN Publishes 17th Annual Calendar
The 2017 FIN Calendar lists 102 Fastener events. Beyond fastener meeting dates in the 13-months from December 2016 through December 2017, the GlobalFastenerNews.com Calendar lists fastener organization descriptions and contact information; technical organizations; fastener industry association websites; the U.S. FQA hotline and trademarks; and fastener trade shows worldwide.
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Italy's Agrati Completes Continental-Midland Deal
Park Forest, IL-based CMG manufactures custom-engineered metal fasteners, cold formed parts and stampings for car makers, automotive suppliers, and industrial manufacturers.
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Earle: Don't Expect Millennials to Be Baby Boomers
"When the topic is brought up about the younger generation's work ethic, many STAFDA members grumble under their breath," Earle observed in the 2016 State of Distribution presentation.
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WIFI Speakers: Authenticity Key to Communication
Shames tells Fastener Women: A red neck or dry mouth in anticipation of a presentation are normal. Ignore those and in the 10 minutes before a presentation, “Focus on your message. Remind yourself of your intentions. And breathe.”
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