IN THE NEWS with Fastener News Desk the Week of April 3, 2023


IN THE NEWS with Fastener News Desk the Week of April 3, 2023

Here’s what’s happening in fastener industry news and events the week of April 3, 2023.

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Fastener Training Week in Cleveland, OH starts today will take place through Friday the-7th. The Fastener Training Institute and the Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) continue their partnership to present Fastener Training Week — The robust program includes five days of education and plant tours as part of the acclaimed FTI Certified Fastener Specialist™ (CFS) advanced technical training program. After completing this invaluable industry training in a small group environment and passing a final exam, attendees are eligible for the CFS designation. To register for the next Fastener Training Week that takes place in Chicago in August go to

Distribution Solutions Group, Inc. the premier specialty distribution company announced that it reached a definitive agreement to acquire HIS Company, Inc., (“Hisco”), a leading distributor of specialty products serving high growth industrial technology applications. In connection with this transaction, DSG will combine the operations of TestEquity and Hisco, creating one of the largest suppliers serving the electronics design, production, and repair industries. DSG serves 110,000 customers in several diverse end markets supported by more than 3,100 dedicated employees and strong vendor partnerships. DSG is the parent company of Lawson Products, Partsmaster, Bolt Supply House, and Kent Automotive.

Distribution Solutions Group Enters Agreement to Acquire Hisco

ASTM International is celebrating 125 years. The dedication and tireless efforts of ASTM’s more than 32,000+ international members impact the quality, safety, and productivity of more than 100 industries. With more than 12,900 standards, ASTM improves the lives of millions worldwide: helping our world work better and helping us all live better. Katharine Morgan, ASTM President said “ASTM’s dedication to helping our world work better is a cornerstone of the organizations last 125 years and will follow through into the future.” Learn more about ASTM International in our featured coverage at Fastener News Desk.

ASTM International: Helping Our World Work Better

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Upcoming Webinar Salt Spray Testing Fasteners – Friend or Foe? will take place on April 21st 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET, Co-Produced by Industrial Fasteners Institute and Fastener Training Institute.   Learn about Salt Spray Testing terminology, the testing process, challenges, and limitations, and more! Register today at

The Southeastern Fastener Association will hold their Annual Spring Conference April 24 – 26th in Miramar Beach, FL. SEFA invites members and fastener friends to attend the event in a great location. Attendees will enjoy a welcome reception, golf outing, cocktail hour, dinner, awards, and silent auction and much more! For more information about the event and to register go to

Registration is open for the Pacific West Fastener Association 2023 Spring Conference!  Join the Pac-West organization for 3 days of education, networking, and fun at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. Wednesday, April 26, 2023, through Saturday, April 29, 2023. Register by Tuesday, April 4th to take advantage of the early registration discount.


North Coast Fastener Association

The North Coast Fastener Association announces the 14th Annual Distributor Social happening on Thursday, May 4th in Independence, OH from 5 – 8pm. The Distributor Social is the largest networking event for the fastener industry in Cleveland and surrounding areas.  The NCFA Distributor Social brings together many of the top distributors and supplier companies in the industry to network and socialize, while enjoying a few drinks, appetizers, and desserts. The event continues to draw hundreds of attendees each year because of the simplicity it offers.  The NCFA Distributor Social is just that, a time to be social with current/potential customers and industry friends, in a more casual setting than a traditional fastener shows. Register Now!

If you’re attending the NCFA Social you won’t want to miss the opportunity to help Kerr Lakeside celebrate their 75th anniversary at an Open House on May 4, 2023 @ 10:00 AM. Founded in 1948 by the late Charles L. Kerr, the company remains a family-run institution that is now managed by the third and fourth generations.  Registration is requested to be completed by April 20th.  A Registration form for the Kerr Lakeside for the event can be found at For any additional questions, please email Charlie Kerr at Registration form: 


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

WIFI Introduces: Maryann Marzocchi Education Scholarship

Women in the Fastener Industry honor the memory of Maryann Marzocchi, Co-Owner of Distributor’s Link Magazine with a NEW scholarship. The $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a woman to attend college or trade school. The recipient must have a female family member who is employed by a fastener company. WIFI is accepting applications now. The Application deadline is June 5, 2023. Apply Now!

Dirk Beveridge

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

Seating is limited for this event be sure to register today to reserve your seat. Learn more and Register now.

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