IN THE NEWS with Fastener News Desk the Week of January 15, 2024


IN THE NEWS with Fastener News Desk the Week of January 15, 2024

Here’s the stories you need to be following in fastener industry trends, news, acquisitions, and upcoming events making headlines the week of January 15, 2024.

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Sherex Fastening Solutions has joined the PennEngineering® family. PennEngineering® announced the acquisition of Sherex® Fastening Solutions, a global leader in the design, manufacturing, and installation of blind rivet nuts and associated fastening solutions. Headquartered in Buffalo, New York, Sherex is a premier technical provider of blind rivet nuts, with strong application expertise, and production capabilities worldwide. 

PennEngineering® Acquires Sherex Fastening Solutions


Boeing has named an independent advisor to lead review of quality management practices. Kirkland H. Donald, a retired Navy admiral, has been named as the independent advisor to lead a comprehensive quality review of Boeing’s quality management system for commercial airplanes after missing bolts caused a mid-air blowout of a cabin panel on an Alaska Airlines flight.

Curation team members at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston have successfully removed the two fasteners from the sampler head that had prevented the remainder of asteroid sample material from being accessed. After multiple attempts at removal, the team discovered two of the 35 fasteners on the Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism that holds the material collected from the asteroid could not be removed with the current tools approved for use in the O-SI-RIS-REx glovebox. Engineers on the team developed new tools that freed the fasteners on Jan. 10. Congratulations to the engineers, their perseverance paid off!


NetPlus Alliance, a buying group serving the industrial supply marketplace, announced the launch of its Digital Content Hub. The new hub will serve as a data repository. That repository will offer access to product content and industrial supplies data from an array of manufacturers.

NetPlus expects the Digital Content Hub to serve as a one-stop database for distributors. In practice, its goal will be to help smaller distributors compete with larger ones. According to the company, the hub will do so by providing access to the latest industrial supply data for millions of products.


Solon Manufacturing Company, a premier designer and manufacturer of Belleville spring washers, is celebrating their 75-year anniversary. Since its inception in 1949, Solon Manufacturing Co. has been dedicated to excellence, innovation, and customer satisfaction, and this milestone marks a momentous journey of growth and success.

Solon Manufacturing Celebrating 75 Years in Business



Join WIFI at the Women in the Fastener Industry Virtual Annual Members Meeting – January 16th at 2PM ET, WIFI will dive into a comprehensive review of the past year’s milestones and an exciting preview of what’s to come! They will highlight key moments and celebrate wins, as well as unveil plans, initiatives, and opportunities that promise to elevate the industry and empower women fastener industry professionals even further. Join WIFI as they reflect and set their sights on an even brighter future! Save your spot and register today at


Have you ever wondered why aerospace manufacturers take so many precautions to supply a product that are free of imperfections? During this live webinar the importance of workmanship will be explored. Register now for Workmanship – The Impact of Imperfections and Surface Discontinuities webinar Co-Produced by Industrial Fasteners Institute and Fastener Training Institute which takes place Friday, January 26 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST. Go to  for details.

Registration is now open for the Pac-West 2024 Spring Conference and Tabletop Show! The conference and Tabletop Show are scheduled for March 6 – 8 th in Anaheim, CA. The Spring Conference will feature next-level education, a tabletop show with more than 70 vendors and exciting activities including golf and an Anaheim Ducks hockey game. To register go to


NFDA Seeking Nominations for the Fastener Professional of the Year Nominations.

The award was created by NFDA to honor individuals and companies that make a substantial positive impact on people’s lives. Membership in NFDA is not a requirement to be selected for the Fastener Professional of the Year award. Self-nominations are acceptable, or nominations can be submitted by others.

Go to to nominate today! The deadline to nominate someone for the 2024 award is February 12, 2024


The Gilchrist Foundation is accepting applications for their 2024 scholarship! Providing scholarships and leadership opportunities for persons engaged in or pursuing careers in the fasteners industry. The application is available at: The application is due by May 31, 2024.

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