By Doug Mensendiek, Director of Sales, Fastenal
Since its founding in 1967, Fastenal has grown from a single small-town fastener store to one of the world’s most innovative industrial suppliers. This progression can be described as a journey bringing the company ever-closer to its customers, in terms of proximity and partnership. Every new store, product, service and solution has resulted from listening to customers like you, and adapting its business to serve yours.
About the Authors
Darrell Conner is a Government Affairs Counselor, Dennis Potter is a Government Affairs Advisor, and Sean McGlynn is a Government Affairs Analyst at the law and lobbying firm of K&L Gates, where they represent NATM and other clients on legislative, regulatory, policy and political matters. Conner can be reached at Darrell.Conner@klgates.com, Potter can be reached at Dennis.Potter@klgates.com, and McGlynn can be reached at Sean.McGlynn@klgates.com.
The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S. 3084), enacted in 2016, reauthorized the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, a federal public-private partnership of MEP Centers in each of the 50 states that work with small- and medium-sized manufacturers throughout the U.S. to grow their businesses. This program helps develop the nation’s manufacturing base.
By Lane McNeil, Events Coordinator
NATM is excited to be using Map Your Show’s online booth sales software for its 30th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 21-23, 2018. There is no more waiting around until your contract arrives to see what booth you have been assigned. This user-friendly software will allow you to select your desired booth in real time!
The opportunity to select exhibitor space at the 2018 trade show has been made available to members in the following phases:
Phase 1: 2017 sponsors choose their booths first in the order of their sponsorship levels during the following dates:
a. Featured Sponsor: April 17 – 18
b. Gold Sponsors: April 19 – 23
c. Silver Sponsors: April 24 – 25
d. Bronze Sponsors: April 26 – 30
e. Copper Sponsors: May 1 – 3
f. Contributor Sponsors: May 4 – 8
Phase 2: 2017 non-sponsor exhibitors select their booths May 9 – June 18.
Phase 3: The general membership and non- members will be allowed to choose booth space beginning June 19.
The sponsors and 2017 exhibitors that sign up before June 19 will receive the discounted rate of $1080 per 10’ x 10’ booth. The rate for any member that signs up for booth space after June 18 will be $1280 per 10’ x 10’ booth.
On the day your booth-selection window opens, you will receive an email from events coordinator Lane McNeil, notifying you that the booth sales application is now available online for your company.
Within this email, a unique code is provided that, when entered, pre-populates the online booth sales application. Within the application, exhibitors can view the 2018 show floorplan and select the desired booth(s).
During the completion of the online application, exhibitors pay for their booth(s) online via credit card. Once NATM show management approves the application, an email containing login credentials to the exhibitor dashboard is automatically sent.
The dashboard allows exhibitors to update company profile and contact information and view other important information relevant to the upcoming show.
As always, the sign up for booth space is first come, first served. You can sign up at any time after your group’s window begins. If you miss the window for your group the privilege of choosing during your group’s time is lost. Be sure to mark your calendar to remember to sign up as soon as you receive your email from events coordinator Lane McNeil.
If you have any questions regarding how to book your exhibit space or would like to be a sponsor at the 2018 Convention & Trade Show please contact NATM Events Coordinator Lane McNeil at Lane.McNeil@natm.com or (785) 272-4433.
By Meghan Ryan, NATM Communications Director
Universal Trailer Corp. held a ribbon cutting for its new, $25 million-plus, state-of-the-art cargo trailer facility on March 24. Speakers for the event included Universal Trailer CEO Terry Carlson, UTC Plant Operations Manager Keith Shockey, UTC Vice President of Marketing Jeff Howes and local and state dignitaries, such as Elaine Bedel, President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and U.S. Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski, who sent her video congratulations from Washington D.C. Carlson explained how the facility, which is located on 43 acres in Bristol, Ind., was two years in the making, as it incorporates automation adapted from the automotive industry to produce lighter and more durable Wells Cargo and Haulmark cargo trailers.
Engineered Components Company (ECC) announces the launch of the new, redesigned version of its website www.engcomponents.com. We proudly take this opportunity to introduce ECC and acquaint you with our capabilities. Diversification of our product line, manufacturing, thousands of off the shelf items, with complete specifications and technical data, VMI programs and more.
All information is available with “one click” research.
ECC expects this dynamic search function will enhance customer confidence and exhibit our twenty first century approach to our business.
Elkhart, Ind. - Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®) announced today that, effective January 1, 2017, they will be extending their spring axle warranty to 6 years, and their torsion axle warranty to 11 years.
"We're proud to offer the industry leading warranties on spring and torsion axles," said Scott Mereness, President of LCI. "At LCI, we're always looking for ways to be the best supplier in the industry. We stand by our axle and running gear product, and through this new warranty, we're illustrating our commitment to providing the highest quality products and our continued dedication to new product innovations. We want all retail customers to feel safe and confident knowing they are riding on LCI's axles."
About Lippert Components®
From 45 manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout the United States and in Canada and Italy, Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®), a subsidiary of Drew Industries Incorporated (NYSE:DW), supplies a broad array of components for the leading original equipment manufacturers of recreational vehicles and adjacent industries including buses; trailers used to haul boats, livestock, equipment and other cargo; pontoon boats; manufactured homes; modular housing; and factory-built mobile office units. LCI's products include steel chassis and related components; axles and suspension solutions; slide-out mechanisms and solutions; thermoformed bath, kitchen and other products; vinyl, aluminum and frameless windows; manual, electric and hydraulic stabilizer and leveling systems; furniture and mattresses; entry, luggage, patio and ramp doors; electric and manual entry steps; awnings and awning accessories; electronic components; appliances; LED televisions and sound systems; navigation systems; wireless backup cameras; and other accessories. Additional information about Lippert Components and its products can be found at LippertComponents.com.
Rigidized® Metals Corp. Offers Greater Rigidity, Strength, and Impact Resistance with Textured Metal
By Beth Neel, Rigidized® Metals Corporation, Senior Marketing Specialist
By Joe Orman, EnChem
Thirty years in the trailer industry has proven two constants: the constant of change in industry areas such as metals, markets, manufacturing techniques, environments, and regulations; and, the constant dependability of EnChem.
EnChem is a chemical solutions provider that is up to the task that change continuously brings to the trailer industry. Based out of Kingston, Okla., EnChem focuses on hazardous waste site remediation and uses its patented technologies to solve problems arising for their clients, their own company and for the environment.
By Mark Assenmacher, Peterson Manufacturing, Marketing Director
Bill Graves, former two-term Kansas Governor (1995-2003) and current President and CEO of American Trucking Associations (ATA), was a special guest at Peterson Manufacturing Company’s corporate campus May 13.