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Martin Supply Celebrates 90 Years of Excellence in Industrial Distribution

Martin Supply, a leading provider of custom-tailored solutions for maintenance, repair, operation, and production supplies (MROP) in the industrial and construction markets, proudly announces its 90th anniversary. Established in 1934 by Louis Martin in Sheffield, AL, the company has achieved unparalleled growth and transformation, now led by the third and fourth generations of the Martin family.

From its modest origins, Martin Supply has undergone a remarkable evolution, expanding its footprint to encompass 48 distribution centers and integrated sites across the United States, while also conducting business internationally. Over the course of its 90-year journey, the company has continually evolved to meet the dynamic needs of its customers, transcending its role as a mere product supplier to offer a comprehensive suite of services. The company's dedication to “helping companies operate better" has earned it a well-deserved reputation for quality and reliability.

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Sherex Fastening Solutions® Announces Southeast Sales & Engineering as New Sales Rep

Sherex Fastening Solutions, a PennEngineering® Company and global leader in engineered fasteners, tooling, and automation, is proud to announce its relationship with Southeast Sales & Engineering as its new sales representative.

Southeast Sales & Engineering is a professional manufacturer’s representative specializing in the transportation and industrial markets in the southeastern United States, including Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, the Carolinas, Mississippi, and Virginia. Led by president Bo Oliver, Southeast Sales & Engineering brings over 20 years of experience working with manufacturers to find the right fastening solutions for their applications.

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Würth Industry North America and Fastener Training Institute continue partnership in 2024

The Fastener Training Institute (FTI) is pleased to announce Würth Industry North America (WINA) will continue as sustaining sponsor in 2024. 

FTI is the leading nonprofit provider of fastener product and technical training with content-rich and expertly instructed courses. WINA is a division of Würth Group, the world’s largest industrial distributor. The partnership between FTI and WINA is now in its sixth consecutive year. 

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Optisert Receives 2023 Fastener Innovation Award

Sherex Fastening Solutions’ Optisert, the best performing round body rivet nut on the market, was recently awarded as a winner of the 2023 Fastener Innovation Awards by WorldwideFastenerSources.com.

The innovative Optisert was chosen as a winner because of its incredible performance against spin-out. Its proprietary combination of an engineered knurled body and underhead wedge design helps it grip into the base material to prevent it from spinning. In softer materials, like aluminum, plastics, and composites, the spin-out performance matches that of a full hex body rivet nut.

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Learn over lunch with Fastener Basics Four-Part Webinar Series

Fastener Training Institute (FTI) is excited to announce a four-part webinar series for its Fastener Basics course. 

Students can learn over lunch and complete the training across four Thursdays this spring - March 28, April 25, May 30 and June 27. Each webinar will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time and will include time for audience Q & A.  

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Craig Beaty Elected YFP President for 2024

Craig Beaty of Beawest Fasteners has been elected as the 2024 president of the Young Fastener Professionals. Christian Georgievski of IFE Americas will serve as vice president, and Mallory Nichols of Advance Components will remain on the Board as immediate past president.

Nihar Sinha of AmeriSteel Fasteners has recently been elected to the YFP Board of Directors. Continuing on the YFP Board are Jake Glaser of Sherex Fastening Solutions and Zech Williams of Wurth Revcar Fasteners.

The YFP Board is laying the groundwork to provide YFP involvement and support to all areas of the industry. If you are interested in volunteering, mentoring, or being added to the YFP email list, please email Amy Nijjar at [email protected].

Click here for more information on YFP.

Fastener Training Week returns to Cleveland April 8-12

Fastener Training Institute (FTI), the leading source for ongoing fastener education, is planning its next Fastener Training Week in Cleveland, OH, April 8-12. The training will be held at Brighton-Best International

“We are excited to welcome our next class of Fastener Training Week students,” shared Jo Morris, Marketing Director for Fastener Training Institute. “Knowledge builds confidence and leads to a safer industry. FTI is committed to providing continuous opportunities for all levels of fastener education,” she added. 

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Applications Open for the Gilchrist Foundation Scholarship

The Gilchrist Foundation scholarship application is available at: http://www.gilchristfoundation.com

Robbie and Gina Gilchrist established the Gilchrist Foundation Fastener Scholarship in 2000. Their goal was to return something to an industry that was very good and supportive to them.

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PennEngineering® Acquires Sherex Fastening Solutions

PennEngineering® announced today the acquisition of Sherex® Fastening Solutions, a global leader in the design, manufacturing, and installation of blind rivet nut and associated fastening solutions.

Headquartered in Buffalo, New York, Sherex is the premier technical provider of blind rivet nuts, with strong application expertise, and production capabilities worldwide.  Sherex has achieved an impressive growth trajectory and continues to grow through technical solutions selling, providing best total installed cost solutions along with industry leading rivet nut capabilities.

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Jeffrey F. Koehl Appointed Chairman of SPIROL International Holding Corporation

SPIROL International Holding Corporation Board of Directors announces the unanimous decision to appoint Jeffrey F. Koehl as Chairman of SPIROL International Holding Corporation.  Jeff joined the company in 1997, and has been serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SPIROL International Corporation since his appointment in 2010. 

Jeff succeeds his father, Hans H. Koehl, who passed away on November 30, 2023.  Serving as Chairman of SPIROL International Holding Corporation since his appointment in 1969, Hans retired from active management of the company in 2004 after 45 of dedicated service.  Hans’ vision, dedication, and passion led to the transformation of SPIROL from being a small, family-owned business in Northeast Connecticut into a world-renowned manufacturing company with locations on 4 continents and in 13 countries.  It is impossible to put into words the unparralled contributions that Hans made to SPIROL over the last 64 years – most importantly the education, coaching and mentoring of his son, Jeff, in preparation for him to be his successor.

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Remembering Hans H. Koehl - Chairman of SPIROL

DECEMBER 19, 1934 – NOVEMBER 30, 2023

Hans passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife Christina, son Jeff, and close friend Russ on November 30, 2023.  Born in Stolberg, Germany to the late Herman Koehl and Maria Altdorf Koehl, Hans immigrated with his mother, father and two sisters, Gerda and Emmy, to the United States in 1948 and settled in Woodstock, CT.

Shortly after starting school in the US, Hans quickly mastered the English language and skipped ahead two grades within his first year at The Woodstock Academy.  After graduating from Killingly High School in Dayville, CT, Hans went on to earn his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering with distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 1956, and his Juris Doctorate from Stanford University in 1958.  While at WPI, Hans was a member of the men’s soccer team, and he participated in Masque (student led dramatic theater organization), the Peddler (yearbook for the graduating class) and the Debating Club.  He was also a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity where he served as President his senior year. 

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Eurolink FSS announces Addition of Two New Sales Representative Firms

Eurolink FSS is pleased to announce the addition of two new manufacturer sales representative firms to our already amazing nationwide sales force. Beginning January 1, 2024, these strategic partnerships will significantly enhance our presence in the West, Southwest, and Rocky Mountain states, and help us to improve service for our valued clients in these regions.

With a commitment to excellence and a proven track record in driving sales growth, Budd Sales (Tom Buddenbaum) and Desert Distribution (John Wachman, Jo Morris, & David Palmquist) bring a wealth of experience and industry knowledge to our expanding network. Their dedication to customer satisfaction aligns seamlessly with our core values, and we are confident that these partnerships will contribute to mutually beneficial relationships. We look forward to the increased opportunities and collaboration that these partnerships will bring, ultimately delivering unparalleled service and support to our customers in their represented states.

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Martin Welcomes Scott McDaniel as Executive Vice President, Fastening

Martin, one of the nation’s leading providers of custom-tailored solutions for maintenance, repair, operation, and production supplies, is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott McDaniel as Executive Vice President. In this pivotal role, Scott will spearhead the development and implementation of strategic initiatives for Martin’s Fastening business unit to optimize operational efficiency and profitability, and foster synergy across all Martin business units.  Scott will also provide leadership as a key member of Martin executive leadership group, all aimed at achieving the Martin's overarching business objectives.

Scott has a wealth of experience and expertise in the distribution industry, with a remarkable 25-year career dedicated to the Fastener OEM/C Class Component Sector. His extensive background includes executive roles at prominent companies such as Anixter International, Wurth, and Optimus. Scott's leadership acumen, combined with his profound industry knowledge and a well-established professional network, uniquely positions him to make a significant impact on the vision and future success at Martin.

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Martin Supply Appoints Steve McClanahan as Chief Financial Officer

Martin Supply is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve McClanahan as its new chief financial officer (CFO).

Steve brings with him a wealth of experience, having spent the past 25 years at ANConnect, formerly Anderson Merchandisers, an $800 million wholesale distribution company. While at ANConnect, Steve held several executive management positions, including CFO and COO. Notably, he played a pivotal role in overseeing 13 merger and acquisition projects, with a combined estimated value of $350 million, contributing significantly to the company's growth and success.

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Sherex President Adam Pratt Presenting Tuesday at IFE!

Sherex is very excited to see our president, Adam Pratt, present "Embracing Rivet Nut Technologies" at 2pm on Tuesday at the International Fastener Expo!

Listen to how rivet nut technology has improved, and discover how embracing these new rivet nuts can help improve assembly times, decrease waste, and enhance application functionality, especially when compared to weld nuts. Join us at the Sessions Stage!

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Fastener Training Week heads to Los Angeles December 4-8

The Fastener Training Institute (FTI) announces it will offer Fastener Training Week in Southern California, December 4-8. It comes on the heels of a sold-out session, so advance registration is encouraged.

“We had an incredible full class in Chicago last month and are eager to be on the west coast for an equally successful training week,” shared Jo Morris, FTI marketing director. “It’s wonderful to support students on the path to acquiring advanced knowledge, skills and confidence,” she added.

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Fastener Basics Training Classes Announced

Fastener Training Institute (FTI) announces upcoming Fastener Basics classes in three separate locations in Colorado and California.

September 22: Denver, CO
September 27: Los Angeles, CA
November 16: Union City, CA

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Obituary: Marc Strandquist

 Marc O. Strandquist, 61, of Jackson, TN, passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2023. Born June 5, 1962, in Wurzburg, Germany, the son of Jack D. Strandquist and Johana Rhineline.

Marc is survived by his wife, Vonda; three wonderful children, Erica Strandquist, A.J. Strandquist, and Thomas (Alyssa) Strandquist; grandchildren, Walter and Oliver; mother, Johana; siblings, Kyle (Kris Curtiss) Strandquist and Mike (Mary Ellen) Strandquist; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his father, Jack. 

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No Matter What Type of Clientele You Service, Customer Service Is Critical

By Nancy Friedman, Founder, Chairman, Telephone Doctor Customer Service Training

All clients are important. No matter what industry they are. You’re serving them – they’re important. Whether they’re with large companies or small business folks, they deserve, need, and want GREAT customer service.

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Gilchrist Foundation Awards Scholarships

The Gilchrist Foundation has awarded two scholarships from the 2023 applicants.  Congratulations to the recipients, we wish them well and are pleased to assist them with their education.  

They are as follows and their sponsoring companies:

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