What began nearly 50 years ago as a collaboration between fastener distributors to train new employees has since developed into an international organization for novice and advanced individuals working in the industry. The aim, according to FTI’s objective is “to enhance fastener use, reliability, and safety.”
Today, the Fastener Training Institute (FTI) provides a host of in-person and online training programs by recognized industry experts on fastener products, standards, and specifications.
Fastener Training Institute will bring a full-day program, Fasteners 101, on May 18 to the 2020 Fastener Fair USA conference and expo in Charlotte, NC. FTI will also be exhibiting at the Expo on May 19-20, in Booth 528 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
“The root of the faster training Institute began in the early 70s with an industry group called the Los Angeles Fastener Association, or LAFA,” explains John Wachman, the current managing director of FTI. “Those who were a part of LAFA decided that, individually, no one had the bandwidth to train new employees but that collectively they could probably do a pretty good job. And so, began the first basic industry training classes.” Read more at Fastener Engineering.