Time is getting short ahead of the annual International Fastener Expo, in more ways than one, as Bryce Campbell of Bryce Security Fastener explains during a thought provoking conversation touching on screws, T. rex, and the fabric of reality (1:31:26). Baird senior analyst David Manthey describes what goes into producing the monthly Fastener Distributor Index report (22:52). London Penland of Eurolink and IFE manager Morgan Wilson look ahead to Vegas (47:29), and industry anchorman Mike McNulty welcomes Blue Chip Engineered Products boss, Ken Sanker to dissect the latest FDI reading on the Fastener News Report (1:03:17). Also, Carmen Vertullo discusses passivation on the Fastener Training Minute (1:25:06). BONUS: Old Rusty Bolt is back! Brian and Eric hint at their really cool giveaway for this year’s Vegas show, and also traverse the entire known universe. Run time: 02:38:58
Sales remain hot for many in the fastener industry as summer sizzles along, yet the FDI shows a dramatic cool down and the outlook isn’t so pretty. Innovative Components chief, Mike O’Connor attests to the mixed signals, and announces a big change at the company he founded as he joins uber-patriot and fastener newsman, Mike McNulty on the Fastener News Report (41:27). Mr. Doug Ruggles explains his vision for the NFDA as he takes the helm of the industry powerhouse association (15:50). During a much anticipated feature segment, Marty Nolan of R.L. English sits down with STAFDA CEO, Ms. Georgia Foley, to recount her lifelong affiliation with that flourishing organization and to preview its upcoming annual conference (1:13:09). Plus, find out what to do when confronted with an all too common problem with material finishes, on Carmen Vertullo’s Fastener Training Minute (1:06:25). Brian and Eric expose a case of fasteners becoming a real pain in the backside. Run time: 01:55:36
Is it a national trade policy or a drinking game? The industry speaks out on tariffs during floor interviews from Fastener Fair USA (20:54) and FastenerTech ‘19 (1:27:25) featuring Wayne Wishnew, Jake Davis, GH III, Rob Reynolds, Jackie “Kind of a Big Deal” Ventura, JR Prahl, Chris McCaffrey, GQ, Bill Boak, Joanne Bialas and many more. Brighton Best VP Steve Andrasik joins industry anchorman Mike McNulty on the Fastener News Report to analyze mixed FDI numbers (57:05). Carmen Vertullo explains how long is too long for structural bolts during the Fastener Training Minute (1:21:50). Plus, Marc Strandquist announces a big change (14:02), and the MWFA golf tourney produces an unexpected new champion. Brian and Eric explain exactly what the tariffs mean for the fastener industry, sort of. Run time: 02:02:53
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