FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAS VEGAS, NV – October 15, 2019 – The International Fastener Expo (IFE) 2019 has announced more than 5,000 professionals in the fastener, machinery and tooling, and industrial-related industries attended the show on Sept. 17-19 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Bayside D & E, in Las Vegas, Nevada, resulting in an increase in qualified buyers per exhibitor. An increase in the number of attending master distributors was also announced. A greater portion of all attendees were sourcing and procurement professionals. Show organizers noted an increase in exhibiting companies, particularly in the North American segment, with over 59 new exhibitors, bringing the total number of exhibitors to over 650. Noteworthy companies included Mag Instrument, Inc., Midsun Specialty Products, Attica Automation, Inc., and others. This year’s agenda debuted the Golf Tournament, featured a packed education conference, and touted higher attendance at the annual Welcome Reception.
IFE 2019 was kicked off by Tuesday morning’s inaugural Golf Tournament, where more than 100 players and 26 teams teed up at the award-winning Bali Hai Golf Club for networking, good times, and friendly competition. IFE announced the winners of the tournament with a score of 55 (-16) – Bob Baer, Jason Bertone, John Gaudette, Rich Cavoto. Second and Third Place, Longest Drive, and Closest to the Pin were also awarded.
For photos of the golf tournament, visit https://fastenershows.com/awards-events-page/ife-golf/
A two-and-a-half-day conference agenda of 12 sessions and two full-day workshops also began on Tuesday morning with insights on new fastener innovations and solutions to finding skilled workers. Richard Wortman of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt (GDLSK), closed the day with a session on the current administration’s trade policy, including how to strategize around the tariffs impacting importers.
With more than 900 arriving at the Daylight Beach Club on Tuesday night, IFE 2019 announced that this year’s annual Welcome Reception had at-capacity attendance. Golf Tournament winners were honored at the event, with an open bar, light appetizers and a live DJ rounding out the entertainment.
“As the largest gathering in the fastener industry, we are proud to create an event that more and more of the industry’s finest can’t wait to attend,” said Morgan Wilson, business development manager, International Fastener Expo. “We are motivated by creating a space for our customers to learn, network, and have fun. What better place to do that than at the International Fastener Expo?”
As the perfect ending to both nights, more than open-bar capacity showed up for more after-hour networking at the ‘Nightcap’ at the Eyecandy Sound Lounge.
On Wednesday, favorites included a highly-attended overview on aerospace fasteners, and how they differ from industrial fasteners, as well as, the annual Fastener Professional Award Ceremony. At the standing-room-only event, attendees were treated to speeches by the award winners – Edward McIlhon, Assembled Products, Inc. (API), and Martin “Marty” Nolan, R.L. English Co., who were inducted into the 2019 Hall of Fame, and Baron Wayne Yarborough, Spring Bolt and Nut Manufacturing, who was recognized as the Young Fastener Professional of the Year.
The 2020 International Fastener Expo will take place on Sept. 28-30, 2020, at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. For show and registration email updates, visit https://fastenershows.com/attendees/register-to-attend.
For more information on IFE, visit fastenershows.com.
About International Fastener Expo
The International Fastener Expo (IFE) is the largest and most diverse gathering of fastener and industrial professionals in North America. Founded in 1981 it serves all reaches of the supply chain, from manufacturer to distributor to end user, and features nearly 70 product categories. With over 650 exhibitors and more than 5,000 attendees from 30+ nations, the International Fastener Expo delivers industry‐leading content and facilitates vital industry connections at their annual three‐day show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the entertainment and trade show capital of North America.
About Emerald Expositions
International Fastener Expo is owned and operated by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of business‐to‐business trade shows in the United States. The company currently operates more than 55 trade shows, as well as numerous other face‐to‐face events. In 2017, Emerald’s events connected over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupied more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition space. We have been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect our industry leadership as well as the importance of our shows to the exhibitors and attendees we serve.
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