FDI January 2024

Written by R.W. Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 2/7/24 Key Takeaway: The seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) saw solid m/m improvement in February with a 49.7 reading, as most underlying components of the index rose back into expansionary territory. Comments were again somewhat mixed but overall tone leaned net […]

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FTM 196 – How to certify your fasteners to your clients

This edition of the Fastener Training Minute with Carmen Vertullo was originally published January, 18th 2024 as “How do you certify your fasteners to your clients?” during episode 196 of Fully Threaded Radio. Well hello everyone, and welcome to the Fastener Training Minute. This is Carmen Vertullo coming to you from Carver Labs in beautiful […]

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FDI December 2023

Written by R.W. Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 1/8/24 Key Takeaway: The seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) softened m/m with a reading of 47.5 but participants largely attributed this to seasonal softness around the holidays. Comments were varied as some participants see significant uncertainty (economy, election) heading into 2024, […]

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FTM 195- Is a tamper-resistant fastener tamper-resistant?

This edition of the Fastener Training Minute with Carmen Vertullo was originally published December, 19th 2023 as “Is there such a thing a tamper-proof fastener?” during episode 195 of Fully Threaded Radio. Well hi everybody, this is Carmen Vertullo with your Fastener Training Minute coming to you from Carver Labs in beautiful El Cajon California, […]

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FDI November 2023

Written by R.W. Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 12/7/23 Key Takeaway: The seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) improved m/m and remained above a neutral 50 reading for the second consecutive month, reading 53.4. Comments skewed noticeably more positive this month with many expressing that they are seeing good bookings […]

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FTM 194 – Part Numbers and standards of Blind Rivets

This edition of the Fastener Training Minute with Carmen Vertullo was originally published November, 16th 2023 as “Everything you ever wanted to know about blind rivets” during episode 194 of Fully Threaded Radio. Well hello everyone, and welcome to the Fastener Training Minute. This is Carmen Vertullo coming to you from Carver Labs in beautiful […]

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FTM 193 – the risks of plating socket screws

This edition of the Fastener Training Minute with Carmen Vertullo was originally published October, 19th 2023 as “Everything you ever wanted to know about blind rivets” during episode 193 of Fully Threaded Radio. Well hello everyone, and welcome to the Fastener Training Minute. This is Carmen Vertullo coming to you from Carver Labs in beautiful […]

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FDI September 2023

Written by R.W. Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 10/5/23 Key Takeaway: The seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) modestly retreated in September to a sub-50 reading at 48.5 after briefly reaching a neutral 50.0 in August. While August may have temporarily benefited from some pent-up demand following summer vacations, September […]

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FTM 192 – Thread-Cutting Taps, Part III

This edition of the Fastener Training Minute with Carmen Vertullo was originally published September, 21st 2023 as “How to choose the correct thread-cutting tap for cutting a thread into a hole. Part 3” during episode 192 of Fully Threaded Radio. Well hello everyone, this is Carmen Vertullo with your Fastener Training Minute,┬ácoming to you from […]

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FDI August 2023

Written by R.W. Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 9/8/23 Key Takeaway: The seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) surged to a neutral reading of 50.0 compared to 40.7 in July. Respondents pointed to a rebound in demand as customers returned from summer vacations (which had pressured the July FDI). The […]

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