Ever-popular and always growing, the ISA Annual
Convention always has plenty to offer that’s new and
improved. Here are a few examples of what’s new and
exciting for this year:
This year’s convention theme is “Go for the Innovation
Gold.” It’s symbolic for what we think makes this industry
great: Our competitive spirit, our constant desire to inno-
vate and adapt, and the pride we take in a job well done.
New this year, the ISA Convention will have both a
speakeasy-themed Opening Reception on Saturday night
(following the Opening Session), and an Olympic-themed
Closing Party on Monday night (following Supplier Day).
The ISA Convention App has been updated for 2016,
offering several great new features such as user-to-user
direct messaging and search for distributors/IMRs via
interactive floor maps. The app is even universal to all ISA
events, meaning you can use the same app at the annual
convention as you would at the WISE, Emerging Leader
or IMR Summits. Com-
patible with all major
smart phones, the
app will be available
for download in late
Formerly known as FASTMATCH, the Network Now
scheduling system has been updated with several key
upgrades for the 2016 Convention. New in 2016, Distributors and IMRs will be able to designate a Network
Now administrator during the registration process. This
administrator will be able to manage all company meeting requests.
New this year is Saturday-only Convention registration.
It’s a great and cost-effective way to have more members of your team to experience the networking and
professional development available at the ISA Annual
Go for the Innovation Gold at the 2016 ISA Convention, April 16-18
IDC-USA Adds IDI Independent Distributors
Independent Distributors Cooperative
– USA (IDC) announced Jan. 11 that it
has expanded its independent power
transmission distributor network into Canada, approving
the membership application from Mississauga, Ontario-
based IDI Independent Distributors (IDI).
IDI brings 13 new authorized locations to Indianap-olis-based IDC, a national purchasing and marketing
cooperative representing over 200 independent power
transmission distributor locations. IDI is a cooperative
of independent industrial distributors who specialize
in bearings, power transmission, fluid power, as well as
industrial and safety products.
The cooperatives have had a strong working relationship for more than 20 years, says IDC. Their combined purchasing power of their independent distributors will help
better serve their customers and provide supply channel
efficiencies for their preferred suppliers.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association
To Move Illinois Headquarters
The Fabricators & Manufacturers
Association, International (FMA) in
December announced plans to move
its headquarters office and operations from Rockford, Ill., to Elgin, Ill. The relocation will
offer greater access and convenience for FMA members,
suppliers and other industry stakeholders, particularly
those located in the greater Chicago area or approximate
to the Interstate 90 corridor, FMA executives said. FMA
expects to break ground on a new building in April, and
occupancy to occur in November.
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