2018ANNUAL REPORTto the membershipINDUSTRIALFASTENERSINSTITUTE
INDUSTRIAL FASTENERS INSTITUTE2018EXECUTIVE OFFICERSChairman, Phil JohnsonVice Chairman, Manny DeSantisImmediate Past Chair, Preston BoydAgrati, Inc.Valley Fastener Group, LLCTRAMEC Hill FastenerDIVISION OFFICERS / BOARD REPRESENTATIVESDIVISION I: INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTSChairman, Don KubkowskiVice Chairman, Ken CaratelliSems and Specials, Inc.Nelson Fastener SystemsJeff LiterMichele ClarkeKevin JohnsonWrought Washer Mfg., Inc.Valley Forge & Bolt Mfg. Co.Birmingham Fastener, Inc.201920202021DIVISION II: AEROSPACE PRODUCTSChairman, Pat WellsVice Chairman, Donnie AutryTech. Chairman, Owe CarlssonThe Young Engineers, Inc.QRP, Inc.Arconic Fastening SystemsLarry ValerianoOwe CarlssonWayne DrysolCalifornia Screw Products CorporationArconic Fastening Systems3V Fastening Systems (CAM)201920202021DIVISION III: AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTSChairman, Ryan SurberVice Chairman, Dan CurtisRifast Systems, LLCMacLean-FoggEdward L. LummDavid HebertChris RinkShannon Precision Fastener, LLCFreeway CorporationPrestige Stamping, Inc.ASSOCIATE SUPPLIERS DIVISION (ASD)Chairman, Brian BonebrakeJohnstown Wire Technologies, Inc.1201920192020
INSTITUTE STAFFDan Walker, P.E.Salim Brahimi, Ph.D., P.EngLaurence ClausManaging DirectorDirector of Engineering & TechnologyDirector of Education & TrainingBob HillPatrick MeadeJohn O’BrienManager, Division I – Industrial ProductsManager, Division II – Aerospace ProductsManager, Division III – Automotive ProductsBarbara GrachaninMichelle LightfootBeverly MalcolmOffice ManagerAdministrative AssistantMeeting Planner (The Meeting Authority, Inc.)Dan UrbanJennifer Baker ReidLegal Counsel (Wickens, Herzer, Panza)Washington Representative (Laurin Baker Group)2
TABLE OF CONTENTSExecutive Summary . 5Introduction . 5Managing Director’s Foreword . 6Modernizing IFI’s Operations .6The Economic Environment . 7The Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) . 9Automotive . 11Aerospace . 13Industrial Products . 15Continuing Education and Training . 16IFI / FTI Partnership . 17IFI Training Grant Program . 18Community College Partnerships . 18Safety Committee. 19Workforce Development . 20Government Affairs . 22A Look Back at IFI’s Involvement in Washington in 2018. 23Trade Issues . 23Workforce Development Issues – The Perkins Act . 262019 – A Preview of Coming Attractions . 26Trade Issues . 27Workforce Development – Higher Education Act Reauthorization . 28Infrastructure . 28Come One, Come All – May 15-16, 2019 IFI Washington Fly-In . 29Institute Operations . 29IFI Book of Fastener Standards. 30Industry Collaborations . 30Soaring Eagle Awards . 312018 Engineering and Technology Activities . 32IFI Book of Fastener Standards - 2018 Edition (aka 10th Edition) . 32Organization of the Book. 32IFI Online Book of Fastener Standards . 33IFI Technology Connection Update . 34The ISO Metric Fastener Collection Now Available. 34Standards Development . 35ASTM – Committee F16 on Fasteners . 35ASTM – Revision of ASTM B633 - Zinc Electroplating Standard . 363
ISO – Committee TC2 on Fasteners . 40Subsea Bolting Task Group . 41Division I: Industrial Products . 42Division II: Aerospace Products . 42Division III: Automotive Products . 42Associate Suppliers Division (ASD) . 43Membership Services . 432016-2020 Strategic Plan Update . 492018-2019 Calendar of Meetings and Events . 534
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe IFI 2018 Annual report will detail that: IFI remains healthy and continues to build reserves, which remain over 2 million, whichis sufficient for nearly two years of operations. Workforce development continues to be a major objective for the industry. With orders and production in the final months of 2018, Manufacturing projectionsindicate that solid growth will continue into 2019, with some slight softening. 2018 was a strong year for the aerospace industry, and that growth is expected tocontinue in 2019 fueled by increased passenger travel demand, aircraft production andincreased defense spending. Automotive products should expect to drop by 1.1% compared to 2018. Farm equipmentshould increase by 30%, and production in the U.S. is anticipated to grow by 3.3% in2019 with average predicted growth of 2.5% through 2021. U.S. national debt hit 22 trillion, with the current federal funds rate at 2.5%. Chinacurrently holds 1.138 trillion, which is 29% of the 3.9 trillion in Treasury bills, notes andbonds held by foreign countries. The remaining 22 trillion national debt is owned byeither the American people or by the U.S. government itself. America exported 111 billion in goods to China, which ranked third behind Canada( 276 billion) and Mexico ( 246 billion). IFI made an investment of 65,738 in member employee and industry training. Rob Harris had retired at the end of 2017, but was called back to step in for severalmonths as interim managing director until the position was filled by Dan Walker in August. Operationally, IFI ended 2018 with a negative 127,918 from operations and a negative 215,217 overall. 87,299 of that loss was from a decrease in investments value in thelate fourth quarter due to stock market volatility. The operational loss was primarily dueto the Spring and Fall meetings being over budget, and unanticipated severance pay andconsulting costs due to a second managing director transition. Income was less thananticipated due to the late release of the 2018 IFI Book of Fastener Standards.INTRODUCTIONWelcome to the nineteenth IFI Annual Report to the Membership. The report summarizes IFI’soperations, special projects, financial position and the value proposition presented to themembers. As in past reports, we will attempt to summarize the economic, political, geo-political5
and regulatory environment in which the industry operated in 2018 and project what may cometo our industry in 2019 and beyond.MANAGING DIRECTOR’S FOREWORDDan Walker, Managing DirectorI have spent my first six months learning the day-to-day operations,getting to know the staff, visiting and speaking with members,learning about fastener markets and production, participating in theFall, Division II and III meetings, and getting acquainted with thecustoms and daily routine of the IFI. Over the next several monthsyou may begin to notice subtle changes to the way IFI operates.We are working behind the scenes to modernize the institute’scommunications to bring it into the 21st century. Although we will bemodernizing things, we will not be making any changes to what mypredecessors and our members have worked hard to buildthroughout the years. IFI’s values and service to the membershipwill not change – it will simply be modernized and improved.I absolutely need to thank Salim Brahimi, Laurence Claus, Bob Hill, Pat Meade and John O’Brienfor their professionalism and continued leadership in their respective roles, and for helping meto get comfortable in my new role. It is an honor to get to work with these fine gentlemen. I alsowant to express my sincere thanks to Chairman Phil Johnson, Immediate Past Chair PrestonBoyd and incoming Chairman and Treasurer Manny DeSantis. All three have clearly displayedtheir leadership within the IFI and have been an immense help to me in navigating the new jobover these first six months. In particular, Phil Johnson bore a heavy load, doing a yeoman’s jobby spending untold hours in keeping things upright and moving forward until I could get onboard. I would be remiss if I didn’t also thank Rob Harris for leaving the IFI in excellent shapefor me to take over, for the time spent with me discussing the industry’s past, present and ideasfor the future, and for his friendship.Modernizing IFI’s OperationsIn December 2018, I made the recommendation to move away from IFI’s aging membershipdatabase and communications system to a new one called MemberClicks. This new cloudbased solution has built-in efficiencies that will reduce the number of manual tasks, lists, andwork-arounds the IFI staff has to manage in the day-to-day operations of the institute. Virtuallyevery aspect of IFI’s membership activities will be run through and be tracked usingMemberClicks, including: Content for the Public website Membership dues & renewals Meeting registrationCommittee pages & documents Email lists and distributionOnline membership directory Members only content And a lot more 6
By the end of 2nd quarter 2019, MemberClicks will effectively be the hub through which IFIoperates, and it will also replace significant portions of the public and the members only
ASTM – Revision of ASTM B633 - Zinc Electroplating Standard . The IFI 2018 Annual report will detail that: IFI remains healthy and continues to build reserves, which remain over 2 million, which is sufficient for nearly two years of operations. Workforce development continues to be a major objective for the industry. With orders and production in the final months of 2018 .
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