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1994 FIN – Metropolitan Marks Anniversary With History Lessons

May 11
00:00 2010

1994 FIN ? Metropolitan Marks Anniversary With History Lesson

October 8, 1994 FIN – At its 31st birthday party on September 19, a panel of fastener veterans gave a history lesson to current members of the Metropolitan Fastener Distributors Association.
Herb Liebman of A.L. Liebman & Son, said that the first industry associations “were an opportunity to grow in the feeling of belonging to an industry and not just, ‘He’s the SOB who cut my price.'”

Ray Zaslav of Brighton-Best termed the changes in the industry as “mind boggling” during his 37 years in the business.
“The conditions of warehouses have gone from cold damp environments to modern facilities with computers tracking inventory and stocking warehouses in various regions throughout the country,” Zaslav said.
“Women are becoming integral members of the industry and the overall educational level has increased,” Zaslav observed.

Eric Cohn, founder of Allied International, recalled that in 1955 the fastener industry had “‘junkies’ – the guys who bought at 2 cents a pound and sold for 50 cents a pound. You can’t get away with that today.”
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Metropolitan Fastener Distributor’s Association

Past Presidents

Sidney Cohen 1965-1966
Al Hecht 1966-67
Jack Shor 1967-68
Herb Leibman 1968-1970
Larry Basner 1970
Ray Nacht 1970-1972
Jack Shor 1972-1976
Dave Schuster 1976
Irwin Kaplan 1976-1978
Sid Cohen 1978-1979
Michael Mezzacappa 1979-1981
Steve Matthews 1981-1982
Lloyd Hersch 1983-1984
Ray Zazlav 1983-1987
Dave Blaszczak 1987-1990
Ed Werner 1990-1991
Fred Moehring 1991-1992
Barry Cohen 1992-1994
Marty Schneider 1995-1999
Leslie Sieper 1999-2002
Michael T. Smith 2002-2003
Chuck Halpin 2004-2006
Dennis Shanahan 2006-2008
Bill Lang 2008-2010
Jay Minichoino 2010 –

Related Links:

• Metropolitan Fastener Distributors Association

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