April is just a few short months away and the Fastener Fair USA will be taking place in Cleveland. That’s where I live so it is a no brainer for me. Because it is the inaugural Fastener Fair USA I probably would have gone anyways just out of curiosity to see how it goes. I have never attended Fastener Fair shows in Europe, Mexico or Asia so I am very curious to attend. The list of exhibitors is on the web site so you can check out the companies who are exhibiting. I know there are several companies who might not attend this year but want to walk to show to determine if they want to participate in it the next time it is held which I think will be in two years. So, there will be exhibitors, prospective exhibitors and…who else?
I’d like to hear some feedback from distributors to gauge their interest in the show. Many companies east of the Mississippi might hesitate to send their staff to Vegas because they have to purchase plane tickets and hotel rooms. If you are within driving distance to Cleveland will companies be sending more of their staff that they might not ordinarily send to a National Show? Then again, the Fastener Fair shows in other countries draw people from different countries, not just different states. Maybe west coast companies will be traveling to beautiful Cleveland because is is being marketed as a national show.
End users, particularly engineers and people who specify fasteners, are encouraged to attend which gives this show a different twist. Some distributors may see it as an opportunity to talk to these individuals while some might be turned off that their customer’s personnel might be walking the show. It will be interesting to hear from distributors as well as individuals who have attended Fastener Fair shows in other countries. Please share with the rest of us some of your experiences.
The North Coast Fastener Association has some events in the works for the day before the show so keep posted for that. There will be a reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after the first day of Fastener Fair, and that is a cool thing. So, hope to see you in Cleveland and please do share if your coming to town and also if you’ve been to other Fastener Fair events!