Mark your calendars…
“Once you’re in it, it’s tough to leave,” shares Jo Morris, who works with the Fastener Training Institute and Desert Distribution. She’s referring to the fastener industry, which is likely somewhat humorous and mostly true for many working in the sector. Morris has spent her career in fastening, which you can read about in her profile on page 74.
She gives two reasons why the industry attracts such loyalty: “There’s always something new to learn and it’s a close-knit community.” At long last, this community is slowly reconnecting in person, after more than a year of social distancing — so get ready to fill your calendars. The next few months offer a lot of new learning opportunities outside of our homes for a change.
The Fastener Training Institute, a nonprofit training organization, has already begun hosting some of its courses live and in classrooms again. Its renowned Fastener Training Week, which successfully took place in May, will be offered again in Chicago from August 16th to 20th. Register, or check out the other programs available, at fastenertraining. org.
The International Fastener Expo (IFE) is returning to Las Vegas from September 21st to 23rd for the annual event, well-known for bringing manufacturers and distributors together to network, share, and learn. Although it changed ownership a few years ago, IFE initially launched 40 years ago and has only grown since — which is an example of the staying power the industry evokes.
“We’re continually trying to find ways to make subtle improvements to the event and keep developing it,” shares show manager, Morgan Wilson. But this year, more than anything it’s about reconnecting. “The excitement and enthusiasm to see everyone face-to-face seem to be growing every week,” he adds. Turn to page 62 to read more about the history and success of IFE.
Fastener Fair USA is also returning this year, scheduled for November 8th to 10th in Cleveland. It’s the only exhibition in the U.S. that’s dedicated to the full fastener supply chain, along with an international platform for manufacturers, distributors, and wholesalers.
“This year, show visitors can expect a comprehensive display of industry innovation with technical conference sessions, demonstrations, and opportunities to connect with peers and industry experts,” says the show organizers.
Also, did you know Fastener Fair offers a matchmaking service for attendees? It’s not a dating service (sorry, singles!) but, as an attendee, “You’re eligible to be matched with specific exhibitors who provide the exact products you are looking for,” according to the event’s website. These are customized matches based on the information provided during registration (and not based on sponsors or advertisers). Learn more and register at fastenerfairusa. com.
As Morris mentions in her profile, “The fastener industry offers enormous opportunities in so many different directions.” It’s about time we get to experience those opportunities together again.
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