IN THE NEWS with Fastener News Desk the Week of August 28, 2023     


IN THE NEWS with Fastener News Desk the Week of August 28, 2023     

Here’s what’s happening in fastener industry news, digital distribution, association events and golf outings in the news the week of August 28, 2023.

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Feel the energy building as the 2023 International Fastener Expo (IFE) prepares to set the stage for the largest convergence of the fastener industry in North America in years.

With IFE’s commitment to excellence and innovation, the event promises to be a catalyst for industry growth and collaboration.

Mark your calendar for October 9-11th at Mandalay Bay, as Las Vegas becomes the epicenter of fastener innovation and expertise. IFE 2023 will offer attendees an array of sessions designed to captivate, educate, and inspire. From a world-class exhibition of fasteners, and industrial products, to a magnetic keynote speaker, enriching conference sessions, and panel discussions led by esteemed industry experts—this is your ticket to igniting success.

Register now Use promo code FND50 to save $50.00 on registration. Go to 

Ignite Your Industry Impact: IFE 2023 Unleashes A New Era of Fastener Excellence

McMaster-Carr | LinkedIn

Fort Worth Approves $18M in Incentives for a New McMaster-Carr E-Commerce Regional HQ and Distribution Center

Quite literally a nuts-and-bolts company, McMaster-Carr is a private American supplier of hardware, tools, raw materials, industrial materials, and maintenance equipment—selling over 700,000 products to plants across the U.S. McMaster-Carr plans to invest at least $360 million in a newly constructed regional HQ in North Fort Worth, creating 250 new jobs with an average salary of $85,000. Read more:

28 year anniversary

Congratulations to Hafren Security Fasteners, a leader in the supply of security fasteners, celebrating 28 years of success, they remain dedicated to innovation, research, and development. They strive to continue leading the way in providing cutting-edge security fasteners that meet the ever-growing demands of their customers and help secure our world. For more info go to

Mid-West Fastener Association 

Time is running out to apply for the MWFA Education Scholarships. The application deadline is THIS FRIDAY, September 1st.

Scholarships will be awarded at the November MWFA meeting. For details and application go to



Golfers grab your clubs and get ready for the North Coast Fastener Association’s SCREW OPEN GOLF OUTING taking place Thursday, September 7th at the Valleaire Golf Club in Hinckley, OH. Join fastener industry friends for a fun filled day of golf, contests, and prizes. All the fun is for a great cause – to raise $$ for the NCFA annual scholarships. Register now!

Southwestern Fastener Association

Golfers get ready for the Southwestern Fastener Association will hold their Annual Golf Outing and Networking event on September 7th at the Hermann Park Golf Course in Houston, Texas. BBQ dinner and awards presentation after the tournament. Register Now!

LIVE WEBINAR: Fundamentals of Fastener Plating and Coating September 8, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET Co-Produced by Industrial Fasteners Institute and Fastener Training Institute. With instructor, Laurence Claus, IFI Director of Education and Training. Participants will explore why platings and coatings are applied to fasteners, the basics of electroplating and other coating processes. Register now!

Connect – Learn – Grow at the 2023 Pac-West Fall Conference happening Thursday, September 14, 2023 – Saturday, September 16, 2023. Three days of networking, education, and fun. Register Now!  

Join the New England Fastener Distributors Association for Understanding Blueprints, a virtual class September 18th at 10:00am. ET. The class is for anyone in the fastener industry, whether you’re just starting your fastener career or are a seasoned veteran. Instructor Jim Speck will be demonstrating how to effectively read a blueprint.

He will cover the basics such as:

  • How to read a print
  • The different types of prints
  • Understanding what needs to be on a print
  • Understanding tolerances and specifications

Register now!

Fastener Basics

Grow from novice to knowledgeable with Fastener Training Institutes Fastener Basics training coming to a city near you! Learn the basics of fastener parts and increase your fastener knowledge advantage! Expert trainer Laurence Claus, Industrial Fasteners Institute, Director of Education and Training, will teach this all-day training session geared for individuals new to the fastener industry and those who need to know more about the products they sell. Fastener Basics Training is scheduled for:

DENVER, CO: Sept. 22



It’s time for the Pacific West Fastener Associations Annual What’s New? What’s Next? Fall dinner program! Tuesday, September 26th includes Vendor Showcase, Cocktail Hour, Dinner and Program. Register Now!

Würth Additive Group wants to bring together industry, higher education, and other interested individuals to discuss the latest developments in Additive Manufacturing, both technical and commercial at their 3D Printers in the WILD Demo Days event in Chicago

Happening Mon, Oct 2, 2023, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Flo & Santos, in Chicago, Illinois.

Event link:

Join the Fastener Training Institute for an all-day training program on Monday, October 9th, at the International Fastener Expo! Fastener Fundamentals, The Nuts and Bolts for Fastener Professionals, will offer the best of the Fastener Basics Training and Certified Fastener Specialist™ Training programs. The one-day class will bring the basics of fasteners and beyond to industry professionals. Take advantage of early bird pricing through October 7, 2023. Register now:

Stay tuned for the BIG announcement about this year’s inductees to the prestigious IFE Fastener Hall of Fame and Young Fastener Professionals of the 2023.

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The stories featured in this week’s episode of IN THE NEWS can be found in our (X) feed @FastenerNew and on LinkedIn in the Fastener News Group!

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We have 4 million manufacturing jobs to fill by 2030! Let’s work together and inspire the next generation of manufacturers by hosting a #MFGDay23 event! So Save the Date: Friday, October 6th for Manufacturing Day 2023. Celebrated nationally on the first Friday in October and throughout the month. 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. Resources and toolkits available:

Less than 2 months away! Until the 2023 International Fastener Expo at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas October 9-11, 2023. Step into the future of fasteners, machinery, and industrial products at the most anticipated event of the year! The International Fastener Expo (IFE) is the ultimate business-to-business expo for all things fasteners…As the largest fastener event in North America for more than 40 years, IFE caters to every level of the supply chain, making it the go-to event for fastener industry professionals. Attendees can participate in special events like the IFE Annual Golf Tournament, the Welcome Reception Party, Keynote Speaker, informative sessions on the show floor. And the prestigious Fastener’s Hall of Fame & Young Fastener Professional Award Ceremony, where industry excellence is celebrated. Register now Use promo code FND50 to save $50.00 on registration. Go to


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