IN THE NEWS with Fastener News Desk the Week of November 13, 2023


IN THE NEWS with Fastener News Desk the Week of November 13, 2023

Here’s what’s happening in fastener industry news, upcoming events & holiday get togethers the week of November 13, 2023.

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Fastener Distributor Index | October 2023

The Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) survey for October 2023 rebounded last month to 52.6 after its disappointing 48.5 in September. The seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) improved m/m and returned to an above-50 reading at 52.6. This marked the first reading above 50 since February (August was 50.0). The Forward-Looking Indicator (FLI) improved m/m and continues to climb closer to a neutral 50 reading rising to 47.1 Read full report:

Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) | October 2023

Martin Supply Announced the Appointment of Steve McClanahan as the Chief Financial Officer. Martin Supply, one of the nation’s leading providers of custom-tailored solutions for maintenance, repair, operation, and production supplies. Steve brings with him a wealth of experience, having spent the past 25 years at ANConnect, formerly Anderson Merchandisers, an $800 million wholesale distribution company. Read full release: 

Martin Supply Appoints Steve McClanahan as Chief Financial Officer

Fastenal, the Official Supply Chain Solutions Partner of the National Hockey League Announced that they will be Title Sponsor of the NHL Global Series in Sweden! More info ????

Congratulations Ryan Blaney & Wurth Team Penske Winning NASCAR’s 2023 Cup Series Champion! ???? This is Blaney’s first Cup Series championship. ????✨Team Penske has now secured its 44th national championship in its 57-year history. It is the first time they have won back-to-back NASCAR Cup Series championships and is the 12th time Team Penske has won back-to-back titles in various racing series. #WürthRacing #TeamPenske

Grow from novice to knowledgeable with Fastener Training Institutes Fastener Basics training. Learn the basics of fastener parts and increase your fastener knowledge advantage! The all-day training session is 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:

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2023

Time: 8:30am to 4:00pm

Location: Union City, CA

Instructors: Kevin Chavis, Regional Manager, Star Stainless David Palmquist, Sales, Desert Distribution


Join Pac-West for their After Hours get together in Newark, CA November 16, 2023, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. Stop by and meet other people in the fastener industry and expand your professional network. Register:


Join the Fastener Training Institute and the Industrial Fasteners Institute for a LIVE WEBINAR: Metric Threads – Understanding the Basics, Friday, November 17, 2023, from 12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. ET Instructor: Laurence Claus, IFI Director of Education and Training. Register now:

NFDA Virtual Panel Program | Using the Power of AI and Automation to Make Your Business More Efficient, Thursday, November 30, 2023, 11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern Registration is required.

Fastener Training Week will be held in Los Angeles, CA. December 4 – December 8, 2023, 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. Fastener Training Week in Los Angeles, CA is hosted by the Pacific-West Fastener Association. Register now:

The Southeast Fastener Association (SEFA) will host their Holiday Party and evening of networking November 30, 2023, from 6-8PM Michael Waltrip Taproom! Register:

Metropolitan Fastener Distributors Association

Metropolitan Fastener Distributors Association

The Metropolitan Fastener Distributors Association will host the MFDA’s 25th Toys for Tots Dinner! Tuesday, December 5th, 2023, at the Sky Room – Hilton Hasbrouck Heights/Meadowlands – Hasbrouck Heights, NJ Register:


 NCFA Holiday Bash at PINS MECHANICAL COMPANY December 7, 2023 @ 6:00 PM Tis the season to celebrate and the NCFA HOLIDAY BASH is the perfect way to start.  Join us at Pins Mechanical Co. for some nostalgic old school entertainment with duckpin bowling and classic arcade games, all while enjoying handcrafted libations including cocktails, slush puppies, punches, mocktails and a variety of beer and wine.  Your registration includes unlimited duckpin bowling, arcade games, drink tickets (4), bar food, reserved bowling lanes and seating area. Space is limited!  Register today!

2023 Pac-West Holiday Party and Toys for Tots Collection Thursday, December 7, 2023. Holiday Inn, La Mirada, CA Back by popular demand, we’re having another casino night! The Pac-West 2023 Annual Holiday Party will again be a casino night featuring blackjack, craps, and roulette. Everyone will start the evening with a $500 chip and five complimentary raffle tickets. Also, everyone’s name will automatically go into several prize drawings without ever playing a casino game!

Mid-West Fastener AssociationMWFA Holiday Party – December 14, 2023. Come celebrate the holiday season and socialize with your fastener friends. Once again, the MWFA will be supporting Toys for Tots. Please be sure to bring an unwrapped toy or cash gift so that no child is left out this Holiday season.

MAFDA’s Annual Toys for Tots Holiday Party will be held Thursday, December 14, 2023, at the Mendenhall Inn in Mendenhall, PA.

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