Category Archives: Inside NFPA

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 Board of Directors
    By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO Earlier this month, the NFPA Audit and Investment Committee held a conference call to review NFPA’s annual financial audit. Good news — we passed the audit with flying colors. Special thanks go out to committee chair John Stenz of FORCE America and all the dedicated members of this committee....

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Last week, my colleague Pete Alles and I had a little roadtrip down to Louisville, Kentucky for the 2017 International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition to walk the show floor to say hi to our exhibiting members as well as get to know some membership prospects. The biennial trade show attracted nearly 18,000 attendees from...

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Education Roadmap road to horizon
This past month I had the opportunity to visit the Fluid Systems Components division of Certified Power, in DePere, Wisconsin. Fluid Systems Components (FSC) is a distributor of hydraulic and pneumatic products and a builder of systems in Wisconsin’s Fox Valley. While I was there, FSC was holding its Power and Control – Technology Day,...

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Video: 2017 NFPA Update

NFPA member news
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO   The latest CEO video is a re-recording of the presentation I gave at the 2017 Industry and Economic Outlook Conference. The presentation covers basic information and updates from the past year at the NFPA, including: Additions to the NFPA Board of Directors Growth in NFPA membership and networking...

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NFPA member news
This past week Eric Lanke and I attended the 30th anniversary function for HED, an NFPA member of more than 20 years. CEO Paul Ludwig hosted the event, which included facility tours, an outdoor display of mobile machinery, and indoor facility tours highlighting product development. The focus of HED is on the electronic control of...

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NFPA Board of Directors
The 2017-18 fiscal period officially began July 1, and with it began the terms for the new members of the Board of Directors. The election for board positions took place during the Annual Meeting at the Annual Conference this past February. The current members of the NFPA Board of Directors are:   OFFICERS Terms expiring...

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Education Roadmap road to horizon
About a month ago, I had the opportunity to attend and speak at a conference of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), held in Pittsburgh. My presentation provided an overview of the fluid power industry, it’s size, composition, and some general trends, as well as some things NFPA is doing to help keep fluid...

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State of the Fluid Power Industry Meeting
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO Many thanks to David Price and HydraForce for inviting me to speak on the state of the fluid power industry at their recent sales meeting in Itasca, Illinois. It was a great opportunity not just to connect or reconnect with a number of NFPA members, but to share more...

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NFPA membership continues to grow
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO   Many thanks to Mike Lindamood and Wandfluh for inviting me to present the state of the fluid power industry at their recent distributors meeting in Rosemont, Illinois. It was a great opportunity not only to connect or re-connect with a number of NFPA members, but also to share...

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