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American Fastener Distributor Associations

The Fastener Industry Coalition (FIC)
 
The Fastener Industry Coalition (FIC) is an unincorporated association made up of regional and national fastener associations concerned with the distribution, manufacture and importation of fasteners as well as services to the fastener industry. Originally formed in the 1980s, the FIC was instrumental in effecting change to the Fastener Quality Act. In 1999, the Act was completely revised changing an unworkable piece of legislation that literally would have cost the industry billions of dollars in unnecessary expenses into a practical Act that enhanced the integrity of our industry’s product. The FIC has evolved into an important organization within the fastener industry. With all of the regional fastener associations, three national associations and a training institute as members, the FIC is the only organization in the fastener industry where specific industry topics can be addressed and acted upon by an existing collective industry network. Political advocacy is still a high priority for the FIC.
 
 
 
New England Fastener Distributors Associacion ( NEFDA)
 
Board Members and Directors of NEFDA dedicated to professional integrity since 1979. 2018 – 2019 Association president is Michael Lentini, Spirol International Corp. 
 
NEFDA’s mission is to advance the interest of the Fastener Industry by: promoting the distribution of fasteners through those who will upgrade the image of the industry, to discuss and find solutions to the common problems of  members, to collect and disseminate useful statistics and information to members, to provide a forum for continuing education and information for the members, to promote the improvement of quality and to develop new users for fasteners in the marketplace.
 
 
Southwestern Fastener Association (SFA)
 
The Southwestern Fastener Association has supported the fastener industry since 1975 with member from across the United States. SFA membership is comprised of distributors, manufacturers, importers, processors, technology and independent sales reps. SFA’s  goal is to provide its membership with avenues to create business opportunities through annual meetings, happy hours, conferences and educational opportunities. 
 
 
Metropolitan Fastener Distributors Association ( MFDA)
 
The MFDA is dedicated to representing all segments of the fastener industry; manufacturers,  distributors, importers, manufacturer’s Representatives and suppliers to the Industry.
 
The MFDA holds general and special meetings with industry specific educational topics, sponsors an industrial trade show in conjunction with weekend activities, industry wide social events, regularly scheduled board and committee meetings, awards college scholarships to the children and employees of member companies, supports various charitable organizations and continually searches for new ideas, programs, and ways to grow, expand, and educate the membership.
 
The North Coast Fastener Association (NCFA)
 
The North Coast Fastener Association is a not-for-profit organization made up of volunteers to help inform and educate affiliates of the fastener industry.
 
Established in 1982, the North Coast Fastener Association is dedicated to helping its members and value any comments that could help improve the Association.
 
NCFA’s goal is to consistently grow as an organization and be of assistance to the members by helping them stay abreast of the events taking place in the fastener industry.
 
 
Speciality Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA)
 
STAFDA  founded in 1976 by 18 industry leaders who sought to create an organization where manufacturers and distributors of construction/industrial products could interface.
 
In the past 42 years, STAFDA has grown from the initial 18 founding members to 2,500+ member companies. Current membership is comprised of 1,052 distributors, 1,130 associates, 22 publishing affiliates, and 305 manufacturer rep/agents.
 
STAFDA holds an Annual Convention & Trade Show each fall for members to convene and take part in educational programs, seminars, and an exciting trade show that is always well attended by leading manufacturing, distribution, and rep agencies within the industry.
 
 
Mid -Atlantic Fastener Distibutors Associatiom (MAFDA)
 
A volunteer organization recognizing the equal importance of all industry segments, the MAFDA fully embraces the quadrangle of business entities that encompass and support the regional fastener distribution industry. Distributors, Manufacturers, Importers, and Sales Representatives are all encouraged to join and participate in common interest agendas.
 
The MAFDA holds meetings and gatherings that include an annual industry specific educational series event, industry wide social events, regularly scheduled board meetings, a golf and scholarship outing (with benefits awarded to qualifying college bound children of association members), and a holiday social.  In addition, the MAFDA engages various social media, fastener specific training initiatives, and industry news blogs to help keep members abreast of current events affecting the fastener industry. The association continually searches for new ideas, programs, and ways to grow, expand, and educate the membership.
 
 
Mid-West Fastener Association (MWFA)
 
A membership with connections that hold the world together, the Mid-West Fastener Association is one of the oldest fastener associations in the United States.  For over 70 years, the association has expanded and evolved from a small local group, to the largest regional fastener association in the industry with members from coast to coast.  The Midwest market has the largest concentration of fastener related firms in the USA. MWFA activities have drawn members, as well as the fastener industry at large, to our dinner meetings, Educational Seminars, annual Fastener Expo & Trade Shows, the industry’s largest Golf Outing, and many other programs, from all over the world.
 
MWFA members are afforded many opportunities for education, networking and relevant industry information, all of which have helped establish and sustain the success of the MWFA. The MWFA’s purpose is to serve and promote the fastener industry and the ever changing needs of its membership.  Specifically, the MWFA is dedicated to representing all segments of the industry: manufacturers, distributors, importers and suppliers to the industry.
 
 
Pasific-West Fastener Association (Pac-West)
 
The Pacific-West Fastener Association was created in 2009, as a unification of the Los Angeles Fastener Association and the Western Association of Fastener Distributors.
 
The Pacific-West Fastener Association’s mission is to strengthen its member companies through educational opportunities, alliances, advocacy, and highly effective relationships.
 
 
Women In The Fastener Industry (WIFI)
 
Established in 2009,  WIFI’s mission is to provide opportunities for women in the fastener industry at all levels of experience, to unite in order to educate, mentor and encourage one another, for the express purpose of advancing women in the fastener industry.   
 
 
 
National Fastener Distributors Association (NFDA)
 
NFDA is a non-profit trade association serving the North American fastener industry. Professionals throughout the fastener industry, both distributors and manufacturers. Since 1968, NFDA has worked to enhance, improve and solidify members’ profitability.
 
NFDA also provides a variety of opportunities to train and educate both the leaders of fastener companies as well as their employees. Networking and industry discussions play a crucial role in the association and opportunities to meet with industry peers and network are routinely available. 
 
 
Southestern Fastener Association (SEFA)
 
As a regional association of the Fastener Industry, SEFA is committed to bringing value to its membership. For 35 years, the SEFA has continued to bring distributors, manufacturers, importers, platers, and manufacturer's representatives together to help find common ground in the industry and work together to promote education, networking, and industry events. 
 
 
Young Fastener Professionals (YFP)
 
Young Fastener Professionals is an organization comprised of young professionals that provide empowerment and career development by providing resources and support to future leaders. While respectfully preserving the past, the next generation is hastily shaping the future of the business spectrum. This organization aims to create a platform for young professionals, and the businesses employing them to develop, educate and enhance a variety business initiatives. Founded in 2014 by Ryan Kertis, formally of Stelfast, Young Fastener Professionals has had a primary focus on integration and education boasting an impressive portfolio of various programs and events supporting those objectives.