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Distributor's Link Magazine Summer 2022 / Vol 45 No 4

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60 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK MID-WEST FASTENER ASSOCIATION 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 MWFA’s FSTNR WEEK ’22: A HUGE SUCCESS By Nancy Rich Fastener Show, Training, Networking, Recreation All In One Week MWFA held FSTNR Week August 21st -August 26th at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort in Oak Brook, IL. The venue offered attendees the opportunity to stay on site for both events saving on travel time and allowing for more networking! This upscale conference hotel is 15 miles from O’Hare International Airport allowing easy access to those traveling from out of town. The week kicked off with an added feature of FSTNR Week on Sunday (August 21st) with a charitable event. The MWFA is partnered with Sleep in Heavenly Peace. SHP works with groups/communities to build beds for kids who don’t have their own. Over 75 industry personnel, families, and friends, came out to enjoy the socialization while helping children in need. Everyone worked various workstations, from sanding, drilling, staining and even branding, to build 80 beds. Beds will be delivered to local children as well as flood victims. SHP prides themselves in their motto “No kids sleep on the floor in our town.” ASSOCIATION ARTICLE On August 23rd, prior to the open of the MWFA Fastener Show, a Safeguards for Buying Import or Domestic Manufactured Fasteners Seminar was held. This seminar guided fastener personnel with a checklist of potential pitfalls and a list of questions to identify and ask prior to ordering parts. This seminar focused on avoiding costly mistakes in product error. The class was taught by Richard Pease, who before owning his own company R.K. Precision Products, worked for domestic cold header manufacturers, and various Industrial Fastener Distributors. Richard has over 35 years of product experience, purchasing, and sales in the fastener industry. He has been instrumental in coordinating MWFA education programs for many years. We thank him for sharing his knowledge with the students. The afternoon of August 23rd the MWFA hosted their 40th Fastener Show. The Tabletop Show allowed suppliers from across the country to exhibit their products in the heart of the fastener industry. The show featured over 90 exhibitors coming from across the country. Attendance was up, from last year, indicating our industry is ready to be out visiting and sourcing suppliers in person. CONTINUED ON PAGE 152

Sherex Fastening Solutions, a global leader in engineered fasteners, tooling, and automation, is proud to announce its relationship with Budd Sales Company, an engineered fastening specialist to be a sales representative in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Budd Sales, owned and operated by Tom Buddenbohn, has over 40 years’ experience working with manufacturers to find the right fastening solutions for their applications. Sherex’s wide-range of quality fastening products, including rivet nuts, clinch nuts, threaded inserts, wedge-locking washers and nuts through its Disc-Lock® and TEC Series® product lines, and the tooling to install these fastening products, makes the match an ideal fit for Budd Sales. “Sherex’s product profile is exactly what Budd Sales is looking for and what manufactures in the Southwest are looking for,” said Buddenbohn. “Sherex has outstanding products and customer service so this will be a win with manufacturers in this region.” Sherex has provided quality fasteners to producers in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana for almost 20 years and Budd Sales will provide even more visibility for Sherex products across this region. “Tom is well regarded in the industry as a leading fastening expert so we’re very excited with Budd Sales representing Sherex,” said Sherex President Adam Pratt. “Manufacturers and assembly facilities will benefit the most from this relationship.” Sherex Fastening Solutions is a leading manufacturer of fasteners for thin sheet material applications in steel, aluminum, and composite materials. Sherex manufactures rivet nuts, clinch nuts, inserts for composite, stud and nut plates, and through the acquisition of Disc-Lock, wedgelocking washers and nuts. Sherex services a wide-range of industries, including automotive, general manufacturing, renewable energy, agricultural, and aerospace. For additional information on any of the Sherex brand fasteners, tools, and automation please contact Sherex at 1-866-474-3739 or visit our website at www.sherex.com. THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK 61

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