I’m looking forward to the Fastener Fair USA show in Cleveland. It’s pretty much in my backyard so I’m very curious to see how it goes. I can report that almost every distributor I talk with in NE Ohio, and many from MI are attending. Doesn’t hurt that the reception at the end of day one is at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. If you’ve never been there, I think you’ll like it. Lots of cool stuff.
While traveling this week I was catching up on some Fully Threaded Radio episodes. Always great stuff on road trips. Just this morning I was listening to an interview with Charlie Kerr (Cleveland guy!) talking about tariffs. Charlie always has strong thoughts (don’t want to call them opinions) on topics, and the tariffs were do different. When he was asked how the tariffs will play out and how they will affect the fastener industry he acknowledged there is incomplete information and it is nearly impossible to predict what the affects will be. He said predicting how they will affect business would be like picking a perfect bracket in the NCAA tournament (by the way, kudos to John Butler who won the Fastenerblog Tournament Challenge).
Fastener Fair has a lot of different programs including one session talking specifically about the future of the fastener industry. Guessing maybe some of the panel participants might have a thing or two to say about tariffs and countless other unpredictable things going on today. But I got to wondering…what’ll we all be talking about in the aisles of the Fastener Fair show? What are the hot topics right now? Import prices going up? Are they stable yet? Who’s buying who? Just saw where Endries bought out my good friend Terry Delia when they acquired Branam Fastening. Any other acquisition chatter out there? How about personnel changes? Lots of recent changes lately from the very top positions at organizations as well as with purchasing, sourcing, sales people.
Each year as we are gearing up for the Vegas show you can almost anticipate what topics people will be talking about. By that time of year, you’d also have a pretty good idea of how the year had gone and might already be speculating about the next year. This April show might throw us off a bit but I’m sure the aisles will be buzzing. And then we get to hang out at the Rock Hall! No complaints with that. Heard there will be a band playing with some industry ties! Rock & Roll!