Registration Open for the
International Fastener Expo 2020 

LAS VEGAS, NV - June 24, 2020 - Registration is open at www.fastenershows.com for the International Fastener Expo (IFE) 2020. IFE 2020 will continue to take place as scheduled on Sept. 28-30 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Halls C & D, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The expo is North America’s most extensive business-to-business tradeshow of its kind for all types of fasteners, machinery & tooling, and other industrial products. 

This September, IFE will host a robust conference schedule with highlights on technology, leadership and business management, and current market challenges and best practices - all in environment that places the health & safety of IFE’s customers and staff as its top priority. IFE, which is owned by Emerald, will be implementing the Company’s Preparedness, Prevention and Response Plan, which outlines the specific protocols being implemented both during the event-planning phase and onsite at IFE. For further information, please click here or visit the show website. 

“This year, more than ever, an event such as IFE is crucial in connecting professionals in the industry. Attendance at IFE allows buyers to connect with their existing suppliers and develop new relationships too. Our team is working hard to ensure an environment that is safe for all those in attendance and has put together a plan detailing on-site protocols,” said Morgan Wilson, show manager, International Fastener Expo. 

Leading industry experts will speak on product standards and materials, quality issues and more. In addition, attendees at IFE can expect to see the latest that is on offer in the industry and stay informed on everything happening in import and export law, trade regulations, and so on through conference sessions at the show. 

Each year, IFE brings together thousands of attendees, buyers, and sellers from across the entire supply chain. These include manufacturers, distributors & master distributors, and OEMs. VIP attendees at IFE are consistently included in Industrial Distribution’s Big 50 List and exhibitors are among the top international and domestic manufacturers, material suppliers, tooling and machinery providers and ancillary services. 

Attendees to the show are encouraged to register early in order to take advantage of early-bird pricing at only $50. Pricing will increase to $75 after June 30, and the on-site fee will be $85. 

To register, visit https://www.fastenershows.com/attendees/register-to-attend/. For more information on IFE, visit www.fastenershows.com.  

About International Fastener Expo
The International Fastener Expo (IFE) is the largest and most diverse gathering of fastener and industrial professionals in North America. Founded in 1981 it serves all reaches of the supply chain, from manufacturer to distributor to OEMs, and features nearly 70 product categories. With over 850 vendors and more than 5,000 attendees from 30+ nations, the International Fastener Expo delivers industry‐leading content and facilitates vital industry connections at their annual three‐day show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the entertainment and trade show capital of North America. International Fastener Expo is owned and produced by Emerald. . 

About Emerald Expositions 
Emerald is a leader in building dynamic, market-driven business-to-business platforms that integrate live events with a broad array of industry insights, digital tools, and data-focused solutions to create uniquely rich experiences. As true partners, we at Emerald strive to build our customers’ businesses by creating opportunities that inspire, amaze, and deliver breakthrough results. With over 140 events each year, our teams are creators and connectors who are thoroughly immersed in the industries we serve and committed to supporting the communities in which we operate. For more information, please visit http://www.emeraldx.com 

IFE Media Contact: 
Karishma Lulla
[email protected]

NAW is pleased to introduce the new NAW Podcast Series: INNOVATE TO DOMINATE, sponsored by PROS.

In our first episode, “An Introduction to the Innovate to Dominate Podcast Series,” you’ll learn about INNOVATE TO DOMINATE and what it means for you in the context of COVID-19. Watch or listen to this podcast – Check it out!

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All Expo attendees are encouraged to sit in on this event and come with questions for some or all of the panelists. We are offering pre-registration for fifty (50) individuals for guaranteed seating. Those who do not pre-register will be seated on a first come, first serve basis. Please click link below for pre-registration and sponsorship opportunities.

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The Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kenneth J. McCreight as the association’s new Managing Director. The IFI Board of Directors announced the selection following a considered and comprehensive search for a leader who understands the invaluable contributions the fastener industry makes to North American economy, and who can provide direction, motivation and new energy to the mission of the fastener industry association.

Ken McCreight, is coming to IFI from the Cleveland-based Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET), and previously served as an industry advocate for manufacturing organizations as Vice President of the National Tooling and Machining Association. Before entering the association world, he was involved in developing Workforce & Economic Development initiatives at both Cuyahoga Community College and North Central State College in Ohio. He has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Technology Education and a master’s degree in Technology from Bowling Green State University.

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In response to market demand, the 11th Edition of the Manufacturing Software Guide has been developed to meet the unique needs of the manufacturing supply chain community. This guide includes detailed vendor pages, company demographics, product information, and a feature matrix. Request Print Copies at http://www.software4distributors.com/vendor/resources_manufacturing_software_guide_login.aspx

 

Mack Brooks Exhibitions Group, organizers of the Fastener Fair exhibitions taking place globally, announce the launch of Fastener Fair USA. The first edition of this unique industrial fastener and fixing show will take place April 11-12, 2018 at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, OH. 

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Quantity discounts apply when ordering two or more copies. Pricing and order information are available at http://www.naw.org/ftf16.

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