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Distributor's Link Magazine Fall Issue 2015 / Vol 38 No4

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44 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK FASTENER TECH TM ’15 MWFA, PO Box 5, Lake Zurich, IL 60047 TOLL-FREE 1-800-753-8338 TEL 847-438-8338 EMAIL mwfa@ameritech.com WEB www.mwfa.net FASTENER TECH TM ’15 - “BEST OF THE FIVE” by Nancy Rich The All-Fastener-Industry Event was a success on many levels and the largest exhibition in eight years. Hundreds of fastener manufacturers, distributors, users and industry suppliers gathered in Rosemont, IL, USA, on June 8 through 10, 2015, to attend Fastener Tech ’15. This was the fifth staging of “The All-Fastener-Industry Event in the Heart of the Fastener Industry”, which is organized every other year by the Midwest Fastener Association (MWFA) and Fastener Technology International magazine. Each Fastener Tech is designed to offer a valuable, costeffective and easy-to-attend venue that delivers business, educational and networking opportunities to all types of fastener industry professionals. On this and many other levels, the 2015 show was a great success, and the exhibit floor was the largest one assembled since first Fastener Tech was organized in 2007. The Fastener Tech ’15 exhibits featured over 170 companies in about 25% more floor space than the last show as well as the new “Technology Center” featuring machines, materials and accessories for making all types of fasteners. The total number of show attendees was nearly 1400 fastener industry professionals, not including several hundred crossover attendees from the co-located NASF SUR/FIN® conference and tradeshow for surface finishing professionals, www.nasfsurfin.com. About 500 people attended the All Industry Reception, over 100 sat in on one or more of the five educational seminars, and 170 golfers played in the golf outing. Onsite feedback was very positive, and plans are underway for the 2017 staging. Comments recorded on the Fastener Tech ’15 show floor included, “Absolutely fantastic”, ‘A beautiful show in Chicagoland”, ‘Lots of customers from near and far”, “In one location, we see many of our customers’, “The show is fantastic”, “Vendors are thrilled’, “It was a wonderful SHOW EVENT ARTICLE show. Mike McNulty, Editor of Fastener Technology International, added these comments, “I rank it as the best of the five Fastener Techs. While this show does not and will not match the Las Vegas or Stuttgart fastener shows for their maximum volume of exhibitors and attendees, it clearly GARY GRAHAM (LEFT) AND ANDY GRAHAM (RIGHT) NATIONAL THREADED FASTENERS provides a valuable and focused business, social and technology venue for the entire fastener industry. Rosemont, IL, USA, is a great location for a fastener show. Fastener Technology International, based in Akron, OH, USA is a bimonthly international technical magazine for manufacturers, distributors and users of all types of fasteners—the print edition is delivered to thousands of subscribers in more than 90 countries, and the digital edition is available to industry professionals around-theclock at www.fastenertech.com. The Mid-West Fastener Association (MWFA), Lake Zurich, IL, USA, has been representing and serving all segments of the fastener industry for more than half-a century. MWFA members include fastener manufacturers, distributors, importers and industry suppliers. Details are available at www.mwfa.net. CONTINUED ON PAGE 164

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