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Distributor's Link Magazine Spring 2021 / Vol 44 No 2


124 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK MWFA PRESENTING FSTNR WEEK from page 48 Some probably wondered if this would be a shortlived men’s club. Fast forward, time has come to prove this was a group with a purpose and the energy, ambition, and dedication to continue for many years. This dedication has created many years of history and many great contributors to the CBNSA, now known as the Mid-West Fastener Association. This year, we are celebrating our 75th anniversary. We will be inducting our CBNSA presidents into the CBNSA Hall of Fame (founded many years ago). We hope to have many past Board Members attend as well as members who have been part of the CBNSA and MWFA. Please reach out to your fastener friends, as well as those who you may know who have left the industry and enjoyed years of CBNSA/MWFA. We’ll have past presidents to speak of the CBNSA years sharing interesting and fun stories. We are pleased to announce our Keynote Speaker will be Matt McMillan. The culinary fire of Matt McMillin has been burning since he was 4 years old. Today, McMillin, 50, has fostered that fire into a career as a chef, educator, cookbook author, and most recently Vice President of Culinary & Beverage Innovation for Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants. Chef McMillin is a graduate of Kendall College, where he received the Escoffier Award for Culinary and Academic Excellence. He continues his work at Kendall as a frequent teacher, guest speaker, and Culinary Advisory Board Member. It will be an awesome evening of special memories while creating new memories. Come enjoy this special social event whether you’ve been part of the CBNSA, MWFA or both. August 18th 68th MWFA Golf Outing - Noon Shotgun Start Chevy Chase Country Club, Wheeling, IL Our industry has been known to enjoy a good Golf Outing and MWFA has a reputation for holding a great outing. Over the years, the MWFA has attracted from 144-160 golfers at their outing allowing plenty of networking, fun, and great prizes. Chevy Chase Golf Course in Wheeling, IL will host the outing. Enjoy 18 holes of golf with all the amenities of a championship golf course. The well-maintained greens offer challenging holes, GPS on every golf cart, and a full-service golf shop. Gather your own foursome or we can pair you with one. August 16th-20th Fastener Training Week The Fastener Training Institute and the Industrial Fasteners Institute partner to present the weeklong intensive version of FTI’s Certified Fastener Specialist advanced technical training program. This class will be offered at the Belvedere, Elk Grove, IL the week of August 16th. Fastener Training Week includes everything that a student would experience in the regular seven-course CFS training, but all on consecutive days. MWFA Members receive substantial discounts on registration. For more information, go to For more information and registration for FSTNR Week events please visit us online at MID-WEST FASTENER ASSOCIATION

THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK 125 The Fastener Training Institute ® the leading nonprofit provider of fastener training opportunities, announced the appointment of Greg Rawlings as its newest Board of Directors member. Rawlings is the current president of Nylok LLC, a Marmon Holdings company that is part of the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. group. Nylok is a value-added solutions provider of resin, adhesive and lubricant coatings for threaded fastener applications with five facilities in North America and business partners in 31 different countries across the globe. He has served in various roles at the company over the past 12 years including sales, engineering and management positions. “We are grateful for the expertise Greg brings to our Board,” said John Wachman, Managing Director for Fastener Training Institute. “His knowledge of fastener coatings and wide range of experience in the industry will be invaluable to our organization.” Rawlings brings 23 years of experience in the fastener industry to FTI’s Board of Directors and previously held positions in tooling engineering, applications engineering, sales, sales management and facility management for fastener manufacturer and distributor companies. He previously held a Board of Directors position for Fastener Education Foundation from 2016-2019. Currently, he also serves as the Vice Chair for the Industrial Fastener Institute Division 3 Automotive group. Rawlings holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lake Superior State University. “I’m happy to join the Board for Fastener Training Institute and share the organization’s desire to improve the fastener industry through training and continued learning opportunities,” said Rawlings. FTI is committed to bringing fastener training opportunities to companies and students who do not have the ability to travel for live instruction and has adapted its training material virtually in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about FTI and to view the complete training schedule, please visit their website at


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