Dale Anne Tarantino passed away November 16, 2019, near family in Wilmington, North Carolina. She is survived by two older brothers and extended families.

Dale was born August 29, 1947 in Washington DC to parents Arthur and Jean Bonney. She spent most of her childhood in Silver Spring, Maryland. In 1968, after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, she went into teaching fifth grade math, until accepting an inside sales rep job selling nuts, bolts, and screws in Cleveland, Ohio. 

In 1978 and after moving to California, Dale started working as a sales representative for Holo-Krome. One of her colleagues said, “Dale was always very easy to talk to and was one of the first technically trained sales people I’d met in the fastener industry. She taught me a lot about the engineering end of socket products, things that I remember and still utilize to this day. Our paths crossed many times through the years as I was her customer, competitor, and colleague.” 

In 1985 Dale held the position of the western regional sales manager for Bossard International, until going into the rep business in the early 1990s. She was on the Los Angeles Fastener Association Board of Directors from 1997-2001, serving as president from 1998-2000. 

Dale was instrumental in the creation of LAFA’s technical training programs for the fastener industry, which led to the creation of the Fastener Training Institute of today. 

In 2011, she started her own agency as an independent factory representative and as an internal auditor to enable companies to prepare for ISO registration and performed internal auditing prior to ISO surveillance.  

In December 2017 Dale moved to Wilmington, North Carolina to be closer to family. She retired from the fastener industry and spent a lot of time at the beach and enjoying her new home. In November 2019 she lost her long battle with cancer. 

Watson Woodrow Stanley, 96, Purple Heart Recipient and a resident of Howell, MI passed from this life Monday, May 18 of natural causes.

Watson was preceded in death by his wife Bette Ann Eckert (deceased in 1997) and will be sorely missed by his wife Elizabeth (daughter Alicia).  He was the loving father of 3 children, William (Barb) Stanley, Robert (Lana Kenny) Stanley and Judy (Jim) Cash. Watson cherished his 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He was the brother of Mae (Max) Stevens and Patricia (David) O’Donnell.

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Aaron Dollenmeyer and John Shields (Long-Lok Fasteners), Brett Brown (WireTech), and Mike Weishaar (Parker Fasteners) partnered to win first-place honors at the Mel Kirsner Memorial Golf Outing, held Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Westridge Golf Club in La Habra, California.

Second place honors went to Skip English (All-Spec Fasteners), Dave Kujanek and Mark Jojola (Vertex Distribution), and Jim Moir (Pencom).

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Jeff Gusdorf will be speaking at our 2019 MWFA/NFDA/Pac-West Joint Conference about artificial intelligence.  To get a preview of this topic, you can check out Jeff's article here .

 

Recently, Rotor Clip engineers showcased their abilities to create custom parts and tools by introducing an interlocking spiral retaining ring. Utilizing a standard DCR non-interlocking spiral ring, Rotor Clip was able to engineer a custom tooling process to produce a new DCR-LS interlocking spiral retaining ring. 

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Kevin Chavis of Star Stainless Screw (Commerce, California) was elected to serve a second term as president of the Pacific-West Fastener Association at a recent meeting of the Pac-West Board of Directors.

Chris McCaffrey of R&D Fasteners (Rancho Cucamonga, California) was elected as the association’s vice president, and Ron Stanley of Empire Bolt & Screw (Spokane, Washington) was elected secretary/treasurer. Rick Peterson of All-West Components & Fasteners (Seattle, Washington) stays on the Board as immediate past president.

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Pac-West launched a new series of regional events on January 14 in Seattle, Washington, called Pac-West After Hours. Similar programs took place in the San Francisco Bay Area and Denver this year. 

You can network just about anywhere: a trade show, a sales call, even where you work. The catch is that while all of these locations may be chock full of people who would make a great addition to your professional network, these are not times and places that are optimized for networking.  

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His economic updates were important parts of many Pac-West meetings. A great man, who truly will be missed. Click here to read more