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Fastener News Now July 2022
Fastener Training Institute Offers Class at the International Fastener Expo Oct. 17:
“How Fasteners Are Made and What Drives the Cost of a Fastener”
The Fastener Training Institute (FTI) will offer a full-day in-person class sponsored by Star
Stainless Screw Co., “How Fasteners Are Made and What Drives the Cost of a Fastener,” October
17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas at the International Fastener Expo.
Gilchrist Foundation Awards Scholarships
The Gilchrist Foundation has awarded four scholarships from the 2022 applicants.
Congratulations to the recipients. We wish them well and are pleased to assist them with their
Nick Ruetz Elected NFDA President
Nick Ruetz of AIS has been elected as the 2022-2023 president of the National Fastener
AFC Industries Acquires TFC Ltd.
AFC Industries has acquired Heathfield, U.K.-based TFC Ltd. (https://tfc.eu.com/). Terms of the deal
were not disclosed.
For over 60 years, TFC has been one of Europe’s leading suppliers of industrial fastening products
and services, supplying customers via a network of U.K. and European locations.
Coming in September: Pac-West Fall Conference Education Sessions
Fully Staffed: Presentation and Breakouts with Eric Chester
The biggest threat facing today’s business owners and managers is not how they can get new
customers and improve sales, but rather how they can find, develop, and keep qualified
employees to do the tough, vital work that keeps them in business.
Remembering Hank Schaffner
A message from Pacific-West Fastener Association:
We are saddened to learn that Henry T. (Hank) Schaffner, born Sept 19, 1929, passed away June
28, 2022, at the age of 92.
IFI Announces New Board Leadership
The Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) has elected new leadership for the organization’s board of
directors for the 2022-2023 term.
FCH Sourcing Network Releases Fastener Distributor Index for June 2022
Remembering Pat O’Toole
Patrick (Henry) Joseph O’Toole 85, born February 10, 1937, passed away peacefully at home on
June 25 with his beloved wife of 29 years, Nancy, by his side, after an eight-year battle with
prostate cancer and myodysplastic syndrome.
Remembering Ed McIlhon A message from NFDA:
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Ed McIlhon. We’d like to share with you the obituary
lovingly written by his family.
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News from Brighton-Best International
Congratulations to Bill Davis, from BBI Cleveland, on his promotion to the position of regional
manager for the Central Region. Bill’s 20 years in the fastener industry will assist him in his
roles as both regional manager and Weld Fastener Product manager.