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Distributor's Link Magazine Summer 2021 / Vol 44 No 3


62 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK Jo Morris Marketing Director, Fastener Training Institute ® FASTENER TRAINING INSTITUTE ® 5318 East 2nd Street #325, Long Beach, CA 90803 TEL 562-473-5373 FAX 661-449-3232 EMAIL WEB FTI BRINGS NEW ADVANCED IN-PERSON TECHNICAL TRAINING TO CHICAGO AUGUST 16-20 In today’s competitive business world, having knowledge and skills above and beyond the basics of your field can give you a professional advantage. For the fastener industry, the most noteworthy measurement of technical aptitude is the Certified Fastener Specialist (CFS) designation. With more than 1,600 alumni, the CFS advanced technical training program was developed in 1998 and is now attainable through Fastener Training Week, offered by the Fastener Training Institute (FTI) in partnership with the Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI). August In-Person Fastener Training Week Hosted by the Mid-West Fastener Association The next opportunity for this accelerated training is August 16-20 in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, located 20 miles northwest of Chicago. Rather than seven separate one-day courses spread out over several months, Fastener Training Week offers five intensive days of education covering manufacturing processes, consensus standards and quality control, as well as plant tours. The week features a brand-new refreshed curriculum with even more learning labs and more hands-on interactive class exercises and quizzes to reinforce learning. Courses are taught by industry experts including Salim TECHNICAL ARTICLE Brahimi, Industrial Fasteners Institute; Laurence Claus, NNi Training and Consulting; and John Medcalf, Peak Innovations Engineering. Attendees are encouraged to have at least two years of experience in fastener sales, purchasing, manufacturing or quality assurance or have completed FTI’s Product Training Program. Fastener Training Week enrollment is open to fastener distributors, manufacturers, endusers and original equipment manufacturers. After completing this invaluable industry training in a small group environment and passing a final exam, attendees are eligible for the CFS designation. Registration and course information is available at with early bird pricing through July 29. Can’t make it to Chicago? An additional Fastener Training Week program will take place in Los Angeles November 29-December 3. CONTINUED ON PAGE 128

SOLUTION INDUSTRIES LLC THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK 63 21555 Drake Road, Strongsville, OH 44149 TEL 1-866-297-8656 FAX 440-816-9501 EMAIL WEB SHOUT OUT TO THE SOLUTION ‘OGs’ FOR REACHING 10+ YEARS TENURES! Laura Vath, Controller - 18 years - AKA Ms. Sunshine, though challenged in 2020, she always maintains her positive vibe as she flies around the office like a butterfly. And look for her creative finesse when she is marketing Solution Man & the rest of Team Solution. You never know what crazy idea she has up her sleeve. Steve Parham, Operations/IT - 15 years - Steve has a very unique role. One minute he’s on the roof over-seeing the A/C project and the next, he’s in the server room fighting off cyber-crime. In-between he is coordinating import purchases or solving computer problems as he rolls his eyes and says, “did you restart?” He is the Swiss army knife of Solution. Dustin Windsor, Sourcing - 12 years - Dee, Big Brown, D-Wind is our quiet one who ACES special projects and packages where he can stay in the BACKCOURT only to come out when nature calls him out for a SPIKE. Watch BUSINESS FOCUS ARTICLE him BLOCK when he gets ambushed with hugs, but the suggestion box is filled with his GAME-WINNING ideas. Keith McGuire, Quality - 10 years - Keith is Solution’s one and only ginger, but “red” isn’t limited to his hair… his face can be an angry shade of red as he tackles the departmental challenges – always patient yet still manages to remain positive. He might know our processes (and craft beverages) better than anyone. Tim Vath, Assistant General Manager/CPA - 10 years - Tim keeps Solution grounded. It always seems like the “quiet” sign is on his office door, so not sure if he’s deep in thought or practicing his golf swing. He’s our thinker/problem solver, has a big heart and a great listener and always finds a way to communicate with Team Solution. To our OGs - We applaud your continuous drive to make Solution a better place – Solution Strong! SOLUTION INDUSTRIES

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