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

72 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S

72 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK NFDA - 401 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 • Tel: 312-527-6671 • Fax: 312-673-6740 • Email: nfda@nfda-fastener.org • www.nfda-fasteners.org NATIONAL FASTENERS DISTRIBUTORS ASSOCIATION NFDA ANNUAL SPRING MEETING HELD PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA by Tracey Lumia, Distributor’s Link Magazine The National Fasteners Distributors Association (NFDA) completed a very successful Spring Meeting April 6-8 at the PGA National Resort & Spa in beautiful Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The beautiful warm weather was a welcome change for all members after going through one of the worst winters on record. Successful Presentations and Roundtable Discussions The NFDA presented a number of very informative sessions during the 3 day spring meeting. Opening keynote speaker Alan Beaulieu an Economist with Institute for Trend Research presented Year’s of Opportunity. Alan provided an insider’s view on what’s happening with the economy and where we are headed. Sara Cook, International Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service provided an overview of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration and how it utilizes its global network of trade professionals to connect U.S. companies with international buyers worldwide. Mark Holloway, Co-Director of Compliance Services provided technical advice related to health reform and the impact on fastener companies. Several roundtable discussions took place covering HR Tools, Lean Manufacturing, and Logistics. NFDA General Meeting and Association Activities Matt Ulrich, Assembled Products, Inc. has been elected as the new president of the National Fastener Distributors Association and Jay Queenin, Specialty Bolt & Screw Inc., vice president. The new distributor board members are: Kevin Reidl, Hodell-Natco Industries and Jeff Diller, Great Lakes Fasteners and Supply. Bob Porteous, Porteous Fastener Co. is the associate chair and Sara Mallo, Rotor Clip Company, Inc. is the new associate board member. Ed Mcllhon, Assembled Products (left) and new NFDA president Matt Ulrich, Assembled Products Tom Buddenhorn, NFDA Membership Chair presented new member plaques to six new companies: Metric Fasteners, Columbus, OH; Beacon Fasteners and Components, Wheeling, IL; Gexpro Services, Irving, TX; DDI System, Sandy Hook, CT; Component Packaging, Joplin, MO; and Dokka Fasteners, Auburn Hills, MI. NFDA annual spring meeting golf tournament took place on April 6th at the prestigious PGA National, home of the Honda Classic. First place award went to the team of Matt Ulrich, Assembled Products; Ed McIlhon, Assembled Products; Bob Porteous, Porteous Fastener Company and Jeff Hepner, Telefast Industries. Several NFDA members volunteered for a special group activity. Volunteers became part of a “painting army” and completed a 6 pieces canvas that will be donated to a hospital in Tampa, FL and hung on their pediatric floor. Established in 1968, NFDA has been a leader in the fastener industry providing a strong voice for programs that benefit its members and the industry as a whole. Contact the NFDA for more information on their Fall Forum which is scheduled in conjunction with the National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo in Las Vegas October 18-19, 2011 and the 2012 Annual Spring Meeting which will be held at Chateau Elan Inn, Braselton, GA (just outside Atlanta) on May 2-4, 2012. www.nfda-fastener.org.

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