From Entrepreneur

You have an opportunity to grow your business in 2017. It doesn’t have to be substantial growth, but a small incremental advancement in your business not only provides more revenue for you but more value to your customers. Work on strengthening the core of your business, while expanding your reach in the market. READ MORE

From Harvard Business Review

In a recent survey, 70% of respondents said that CEOs focus too much on short-term financial results, and nearly 60% said that they don’t focus enough on positive long-term impact. READ MORE

A Message From SPIROL International

I wanted to let you know about a new coating that we are introducing for our products that is poised to be one of the most revolutionary changes of the year for the fastener industry.  The coating, called “ArmorGalv®”, surpasses 1,000 hours of corrosion protection and unlike other platings or coatings, the vapor process coats all surfaces of the product uniformly – even recessed surfaces!  This means that hollow parts receive full coverage within the ID of the part which is a major advantage over other finish options.  Furthermore, ArmorGalv will not flake or peel as the coating is diffused into the surface of the part, and there is no risk of hydrogen embrittlement. There are many more features and benefits included in the White Paper attached below:

http://www.spirol.com/library/whitepapers/Features_and_Benefits_of_ArmorGalv_Thermal_Zinc_Diffusion_us.pdf

While we will eventually offer this coating for all of our product lines, we are initially rolling this out for our Tubular Products (roll-formed Spacers, Compression Limiters, Dowels and Bushings).

If you are interested in learning more about ArmorGalv, or if you are currently working on a project requiring joining and assembly and would like my assistance, please feel free to give me a call!

Regards,

Michael S. Lentini | National Distribution Sales Manager | SPIROL International
30 Rock Ave. | Danielson | CT | 06238
Phone: 860.774.8571 Ext. 4457 | Fax: 860.774.2048 | Email: Michael.lentini@spirol.com

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From Jade West, Senior Vice President-Government Relations
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

If your company has been impacted by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Conflict Minerals Rule – Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act – you are probably aware that the SEC has invited new comments on this rule.

Specifically, Acting SEC Chairman Michael S. Piwowar released a statement on January 31st questioning the effectiveness of the rule and directing the SEC staff to “reconsider whether the 2014 guidance on the conflict minerals rule is still appropriate and whether any additional relief is appropriate.”

To read Chairman Piwowar’s statement and directive to the SEC staff, go to: https://www.sec.gov/corpfin/statement-on-sec-commission-conflict-minerals-rule.html

And go to: https://www.sec.gov/news/statement/reconsideration-of-conflict-minerals-rule-implementation.html

The Acting Chairman has invited comments from stakeholders and interested parties on reconsideration of the rule, and that comment period is open until March 31st.

NAW has filed a comment letter based on feedback we have received from impacted NAW members, and we would encourage you to also file a comment with the commission if you believe the rule should be reconsidered or rescinded.

A Message From Jade West, Senior Vice President-Government Relations
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

After years of reporting on the aggressive anti-business regulatory agenda coming out of Washington, D.C., we are happy to be reporting on the roll-back of regulations that has been undertaken by Congress and the Trump Administration, and what remains to be done.

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A Message From Leo Coar, LINK Magazine's Editor/Publisher

Well here we are 40 years later and LINK Magazine is still going strong and growing. Just a bit different then when we started. LINK’S print and digital editions are now an equally important part of our industry, as well as our LINK App, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn social media pages, all ways to reach the industry which did not exist 40 years ago. Face to face with our readers is still the most important part of our job and Tracey Lumia will continue to cover all the meetings and Trade Shows. We do this to better inform the Fastener Distributor and Suppliers on what is going on in their industry.

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From Lawrence Heim, Elm Sustainability Partners

Yesterday, several news outlets reported on what was claimed to be a leaked draft Executive Order that would, if signed by President Trump, suspend Dodd-Frank Section 1502 for a two year period. READ MORE

From Lawrence Heim, Elm Sustainability Partners

Acting SEC Chairman Michael Piwowar is “directing the [SEC] staff to consider whether the 2014 guidance is still appropriate and whether any additional relief is appropriate in the interim.”  READ MORE

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New President, COO, and National Sales & Marketing Manager Reflect Recent Growth and Position CTE for Continued Success

Cable Tie Express, a Master Distributor of cable ties, heat shrink tubing, wire connectors, mounting bases, and associated wire management products since 1995, recently announced several organizational promotions which support the Company's growth and commitment to superior quality products, solutions, and services.

Cable Tie Express Founder Char Cooper announced these changes and promotions effective January 2017:
  • Ty Whitacre promoted to President: Ty has served with Cable Tie Express for one year as Director of Business Development. His background is customer-focused with long-term executive positions in the medical, HVAC, and industrial marketplaces.
  • Doug Andrews promoted to Chief Operations Officer (COO): Doug is a long-term employee at Cable Tie Express, leading the day-to-day operations and supporting the continued growth of sales in North America.
  • Jason Burton promoted to National Sales & Marketing Manager: Jason has been with Cable Tie Express for five years, with responsibility as Inside Sales Manager prior to his recent promotion. Jason leads the Company's National Sales force of Independent Representatives and the Inside Sales and Customer Service Representatives.
Founder Char Cooper commented, "With the continuing goal of providing our customers the highest quality products and unparalleled service levels nationwide, the recent promotions enhance our position as a leading supplier in the marketplace. Ty's broad-based and successful background, Doug's continued dedication to the growth of Cable Tie Express for nearly two decades, and Jason's proven talents from the sales perspective are the perfect combination to lead Cable Tie Express to an enduring, strong, and successful future."
 

Cable Tie Express is located in Noblesville, IN with additional warehouse locations in Crestview, FL; Dallas, TX; Brea, CA; Seattle, WA; and Danbury, CT. Be a part of the Cable Tie Express experience by contacting the new leadership team or a customer service representative at 1-888-603-1233,  sales@cabletieexpress.com, or  www.cabletieexpress.com.

Beacon Fasteners and Components is thrilled to announce Tony Van Hoozer of Applied Design & Fastening Solutions as a manufacturers’ representative for Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, and Southern Illinois.

“With 44 years of industry knowledge and expertise, Tony will be a great liaison to our Midwest customer base and a valuable asset to our team,” said Kameron Dorsey, National Sales Manager at Beacon.  “He shares our customer-driven principles and focus on servicing our customers, and we look forward to growing and strengthening these partnerships together.”

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From Ropes and Gray LLP

President Trump and the Republican-majority Congress are expected to seek to roll back at least some aspects of Dodd-Frank. The repeal of the Conflict Minerals Rule is explicitly provided for in the Financial Choice Act, which was introduced in the House during the last term. However, at present, most of the Conflict Minerals Rule remains very much in effect and is likely to remain so for at least the current reporting period, which requires filings in respect of calendar 2016 to be made by May 31, 2017. READ MORE

From World Economic Forum

Artificial intelligence and increasing automation is going to decimate middle class jobs, worsening inequality and risking significant political upheaval, Stephen Hawking has warned. READ MORE

From SmarterTravel

Passport changes are coming, and if you plan on traveling in the future—especially if you’re among the 49 million Americans whose passports will expire in the next few years—you need to know what passport changes are in store. READ MORE