Who We Are
IFI represents North American fastener manufacturers to their suppliers, customers, the government, and the public at large to advance the competitiveness, products, and innovative technology of the IFI Member Companies in a global marketplace.
IFI is headquartered in Independence, Ohio and is led by the Managing Director and his staff. IFI’s resources include the Director of Engineering Technology, Director of Education & Training, Aerospace Division Manager, Automotive Division Manager, and Industrial Products Division Manager who are strategically located throughout the U.S. and Canada. IFI also retains a representative in Washington, DC who monitors and advocates on issues that impact the membership.
IFI is an engineering oriented association addressing the operational concerns of its members and representing the North American fastener manufacturing industry to a variety of internal and external stakeholders. IFI is involved in setting industry standards with SAE, ASTM, ISO and others, as well as developing and publishing its own standards in response to member issues.
IFI has a robust government affairs program and retains the services of a Washington, DC based advocacy firm to represent the institute to legislators and regulatory agencies. The firm assists IFI in ensuring the membership is kept informed on legislative and regulatory actions that may impact our industry. IFI determines the issues to engage with support or opposition based on membership feedback.
The Institute’s involvement in industry issues is always in response to its members’ interests and concerns. IFI staff and government affairs consultants ensure that members are kept up to date on issues impacting the industry, including federal government regulations, customer packaging requirements, raw material specifications, quality, and trade issues. In addition to industry standards, IFI also offers technical tools and bulletins on related topics that are used worldwide.
To represent the industry to its suppliers, customers, the government, and the public at large to advance the competitiveness, products, and innovative technology of the Member Companies in a global marketplace.