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


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

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

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The latest business being celebrated in the Fastener News Desk FASTENATING new series is Birmingham Fastener. In an era dominated by outsourcing, where cost reduction often takes precedence over other factors, the practice of reshoring manufacturing operations is gaining momentum. Recent events, in particular, the Covid-19 pandemic, have exposed the vulnerabilities within the global supply chain, compelling companies to reevaluate their sourcing strategies. Birmingham Fastener, a U.S.-based company committed to producing high-quality fasteners, has embraced reshoring and expanded its operations nationwide. In this article, we explore the advantages of reshoring, the benefits of purchasing domestically made fasteners and the positive impact it has on the U.S. economy. Read full featured article: 

Reshoring Manufacturing: Taking Control of the Supply Chain with Birmingham Fastener

For more information about Birmingham Fastener’s diverse product offerings and services go to

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

The Fastener Hall of Fame recognizes professionals who have made significant and enduring contributions to the industrial fastener industry on a national or global scale. Individuals selected for induction will join other honored industry members.  The Young Fastener Professional of the Year award recognizes and honors a young professional who has made significant contributions to the fastener industry.

The nomination deadline has been extended to 5PM EST on July 6th.

The recipients will be recognized at a special event during the International Fastener Expo and receive a commemorative plaque. Nominate today at

Threadheads and Fastenerds check out the NEW episode of Fully Threaded Radio titled ‘Crossroads’ with hosts Eric Dudas and Brian Musker.

In this episode guest Kevin Godin, AFC Industries CEO explains how new tech tools like AI, are already in use within the fastener industry. Get the lowdown on the U-Bolt Blend coffee back story. Find out when hydrogen embrittlement can be reversed. Further commentary on the tanking FDI numbers in May and lots more including the Fastener Training Minute with Carmen Vertullo. Tune in at

Industrial 3D printing specialist Würth Additive Group has announced its CEO AJ Strandquist has joined a new task force focused on the use of additive manufacturing (AM) technology within the automotive repair industry.

The 3D Printing in Auto Repair Task Force has bold ambitions to revolutionize the automotive collision repair process with 3D printed parts. The goal is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of automotive repair by allowing collision repair professionals to access replacement parts faster and on-demand, while minimizing inventory, waste and environmental impact. The task force is also said to be exploring the potential for 3D printed custom parts and components that are not currently available through traditional manufacturing methods. Read more:

Würth Additive Group CEO Joins 3D Printing in Auto Repair Task Force

The Industrial Supply Association (ISA) is announced its newly appointed board of directors for the 2023-2024 term. Comprising a diverse group of industry leaders, the board will continue to uphold ISA’s mission of anticipating and serving the needs of its member companies, including Distributors, Manufacturers, and Independent Manufacturer Representatives.

Brendan Breen, President of ISA, expressed his enthusiasm for the newly appointed board, stating, “ISA’s Board of Directors is a dynamic group of volunteer leaders who are deeply committed to the success of our member companies. With their collective expertise and dedication, we are confident in their ability to guide ISA in fulfilling its mission and leading the channel forward.” Read more:

Industrial Supply Association Announces New 2023-2024 Board of Directors

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

The International Fastener Expo (IFE) is the ultimate business-to-business expo in North America

 for all things fasteners, machinery & tooling, and industrial products. IFE caters to every level of the supply chain, making it the go-to event for industry professionals like you.

So, mark your calendars for October 9-11, 2023, and get ready to immerse yourself in the fastener industry’s premier event. This is your opportunity to network with professionals from around the world, discover the latest innovations, and take your business to new heights.

Register now to secure your spot at the 2023 International Fastener Expo.

Use promo code FND50 to save $50.00 on registration.

Southwestern Fastener Association

2023 Southwestern Fastener Conference & Expo July 25th – July 27th | Houston, TX

Attendees will experience a site visit to Houston Fastener Manufacturing, a night at the ballpark as the Houston Astros take on the Texas Rangers, association conference, keynote speaker, industry table-top expo, lots of networking and a lively Round Table discussion with the SFA board to wrap it all up. To register and get more info go to:


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The Gilchrist Foundation has awarded two scholarships from their 2023 applicants. The scholarships will assist the awardees with their education. Congratulations to Ana Jablonsky of Ramco Specialties and Megan Stover of Ken Forging.. For more information about future scholarship opportunities visit

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

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

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

Members and attendees will experience:

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

 Registration form:


The Fastener Training Institute Announced Fastener Training Week will be held in Chicago on August 21st-25th, coinciding with the Mid-West Faster Association’s FSTNR Week! The Fastener Training Institute and the Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) continue their partnership to present Fastener Training Week — five intensive days of education and plant tours as part of the acclaimed FTI Certified Fastener Specialist™ (CFS) advanced technical training program. After completing this invaluable industry training in a small group environment and passing a final exam, attendees are eligible for the CFS designation. For more info go to:

Save the Date: Manufacturing Day 2023 will take place on Friday, October 6th and throughout the month of October. Celebrated nationally on the first Friday in October, MFG Day is manufacturing’s biggest annual opportunity to inspire the next generation, positively shift perceptions about our industry, and build the foundation for the manufacturing workforce of the future.  For more info go to

Join the Fastener Training Institute for an all-day training program at the International Fastener Expo! Fastener Fundamentals, The Nuts and Bolts for Fastener Professionals, will offer the best of our Fastener Basics Training and Certified Fastener Specialist™ Training programs. This one-day class will bring the basics of fasteners and beyond to industry professionals at the International Fastener Expo. It includes the best of Fastener Training Institute’s Fastener Basic Training and Certified Specialist Training programs.  Carmen Vertullo has been teaching Fastener Training Institute programs and many others for over 20 years – and he has taught it all. This class is full of his favorite topics and must-knows for every fastener professional and is interactive with learning exercises, case studies, and valuable take-home resources. Take advantage of early bird pricing through October 7, 2023. Register now:

The stories featured in this week’s episode of IN THE NEWS can be found on Fastener News Desk or in our Twitter feed @FastenerNews and LinkedIn in the Fastener News Group!

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