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Distributor's Link Magazine Summer Issue 2011 / VOL 34 / NO.3


40 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK SWFA - 292 Sugarberry Ci., Houston, TX 77024 • Tel: 713.952.5472 • Fax: 713.952.7488 • Email: • SOUTHWESTERN FASTENER ASSOCIATION SFA REPLACES FALL CONFERENCE WITH DINNER MEETINGS IN HOUSTON & DALLAS/FORT WORTH Dinner Meetings The Southwestern Fastener Association has scheduled dinner meetings in the fall of 2011 in place of the traditional fall conference. The first dinner meeting will be held in Houston, Texas on September 8 at the I-10 and Voss Saltgrass Steak House. The Dallas/Fort Worth dinner meeting is also at a Saltgrass Steak House in Arlington, Texas on September 22. A social hour will be held prior to dinner and an industry speaker is planned for each meeting. Because of the current constantly changing environment in the fastener industry, the plan is to wait as long as possible to select a timely topic and speaker. Spring Conference & Expo SFA’s Spring Conference and Table Top Exposition will be held March 22 to 25, 2012. The Table Top EXPO will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 24, 2012. Houston Marriott Westchase Hotel, site of the 2008 Spring Conference and Exposition will again be the Houston location. SFA has secured an excellent room rate of per night for the conference. The last two EXPO’s that were held in Houston were hosted by the Marriott Westchase. The hotel features free parking and is close to many of the finest restaurants in Houston. The hotel is also conveniently located off of Beltway 8 and Westheimer and is an equal distance from Houston Marriott WestChase Hotel, Houston TX, location for the SWFA 2012 Spring Conference and Table Top Exposition John Longyear, MMSC & SFA Treasurer; Dwayne Carnes, All-Spec Sales, Inc. & Roger Parisher, Hodell-Natco Ind. Dick Slusser, Brighton-Best; Mary Chambers, Assembly Products & John Grabner, Jr., Cardinal Fastener Co. Don Haggerty, Stelfast, Inc.; Bob Porteous, Porteous Fastener Co. & Mary Jane Carr, Stelfast, Inc. George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Hobby Airport. Exhibit agreements will be mailed July 1, 2011 to prospective exhibitors. Planning for the conference is well under way. Full Conference registrants will hear from Bruce Darling, Vice President, Materials Management, Porteous Fastener Company, on the latest developments from fastener providers from China and other Asian manufacturers on Friday morning, March 23. Also, on Friday morning, an industry panel is in the process of being assembled to discuss the latest developments in domestic fastener manufacturing. Golf Tournament Friday afternoon will feature the Spring golf tournament. Golf Chairman, Bobby Salome, El Paso Bolt & Screw is working on a new and unique format for the tournament. The new format that will keep everyone in the game so a true winner can be determined at the end of the tournament. Stay tuned for details on the format and the location of the tournament. For information on SFA Conferences and/or membership in the Southwestern Fastener Association, simply contact John Elsner, Executive Director at 292 Sugarberry Circle, Houston, Texas 77024. Alternatively, Phone: 713.952.5472, Fax: 713.952.7488 and/or email at Photos on page 145


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