Annual Conference Education Session
2018 Annual Conference February 20-22, 2018 Four Seasons Orlando Resort Orlando, FL Joe Ellers, Director at Palmetto Associates, will provide extra educational value to both manufacturer and distributor attendees during a special lunch session on Wednesday, February 21. His presentation, "Get Sales Under Control," will give the audience ideas they can easily implement when they...

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Last year, middle school student Samantha Stack was among the 388 participants in the 2016-17 Fluid Power Action Challenge organized by Deltrol Fluid Products and hosted at Harper College in Illinois. Her experience within the challenge was pretty typical. On Workshop Day of the six-week competition, teams were first given their initial kit of materials....

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MAPI Economic Roundtable
A round-up of the MAPI resources available to NFPA members through NFPA's membership in MAPI.  Issues in the Brief A New Normal for U.S. Manufacturing Growth? No one should be concerned that the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) pulled back from an unrealistic 60.8% in September to a still strong 58.7% in October. The September reading...

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NFPA member news
Eighteen months ago we reported the somewhat disordered state of NFPA websites and our plan to clean up the mess.  It’s been a long and occasionally painful process, but with the December 19 launch of a new NFPA.com site, we’re almost there. What's different is that content is now organized more intuitively across our sites,...

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NFPA membership connections
The Elwood Corporation Fluid Power Division, based in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, designs and manufactures high pressure hydraulic valves and systems for water, water soluble oil, and other low viscosity fluid applications. The company has over 50 years of experience in designing custom valves for our primary markets in steel, aluminum, petrochemical, and forging industries. Elwood...

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NFPA member news
NFPA member news is designed to inform members of key industry updates in quick, bite-sized posts that provide only the most important information. This week's updates come from Fluid Air Controls, IMI Precision Engineering, and Bimba Manufacturing. Fluid Air Controls, LLC, a manufacturer of cylinders, valves, and pumps in Farmington Hills, Michigan, was recently acquired by...

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2018 Annual Conference
2018 Annual Conference February 20-22, 2018 Four Seasons Orlando Resort Orlando, FL If you haven’t registered for the 2018 Annual Conference yet, here are 10 reasons you should not miss this event! Meet more fluid power industry leaders all in one place. [See who you could meet.] Develop a new global energy perspective from Peter...

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industry trends, industry update
As many of you may know, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) is the leading source of hydraulic and pneumatic industry data. Members get and use our data in a variety of ways to run their businesses. Part of our market information services is providing overall industry trends. Here is the latest update: Hydraulic and...

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Profit Report, Financial Benchmark Survey
Also known as the PROFIT Report, and conducted with the help of the Profit Planning Group, this annual survey helps distributors benchmark financial performance on indicators that relate directly to profitability. Each participating company will receive a confidential Performance Analysis Report that directly compares performance and profitability with groups of peer companies. Participants also receive...

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NFPA Member Company News
NFPA member news is designed to inform members of key industry updates in quick, bite-sized posts that provide only the most important information. This week's updates come from Kaman Corporation and Gates Corporation. Kaman Corporation recently announced that Alphonse J. Lariviere Jr. has been appointed to President of the company's distribution segment. The position had previously...

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