Solar Power International 2018 Q&A with Alt Energy Magazine
This article was originally published at AltEnergyMag.com
Tell us about your company.
Family owned and operated since 1975, Mudge Fasteners provides a large selection of fasteners, fastener tools and adhesives to customers in a broad range of industries. Mudge is a fastener source for businesses both small and large; locally, nationally and internationally.
Your company will be exhibiting at SPI 2018, what is it that makes this an important event for your company?
As the first fastener supplier to offer a dedicated solar power program, SPI has always been an exciting time to catch up with our customers who have been with us since the beginning, as well as see what new innovations are coming to market. Additionally, this year is extra special for Mudge Fasteners, because it marks our 10th consecutive year exhibiting at SPI, which is yet another testament to our commitment to servicing the solar industry.
Highlight 2 or 3 products you will be showcasing at the event?
DURA-CON® Corrosion Resistant Fasteners are the only fasteners specifically tested for use in solar racking materials. DURA-CON® Fasteners show resistance to Environmental Corrosion equal to that of stainless steel fasteners when tested in aluminum solar panel racking.
EJOT offers high quality, secure and easy-to-install fastening systems for commercial and domestic rooftop solar installations, and is the specialist for fastening mounting systems for solar installations on an array of roof types.
Solar Connections is a leader in the development of mounting solutions for solar panel installations, providing attachment options for rail or rail-free installation on various roof systems, including standing seam, corrugated metal, ribbed metal and asphalt shingles. Titebond® WeatherMaster™ ULTIMATE MP Sealant is able to expand and contract due to changes in temperature without cracking.
When you get a chance to walk the exhibit hall floor yourself, what is it you will be most interested to see? Any educational sessions you plan on attending?
For us in the fastener world, the most exciting new products are those that showcase innovation in attachment methods.
When you book a booth for a tradeshow like this what are your expectations and what does your company hope to accomplish at the event?
At SPI, we love to catch up with all of our customers at the same time, some of who have been with us for over a decade. It's also great to see what innovative new products will be brought to market, and it's even more exciting to connect with newer installers and manufacturers who can benefit from our knowledge of fasteners and industry, and our well-honed supply chain and logistical support.
A tradeshow of this magnitude is extremely busy and stressful for the staff of exhibiting companies. Any fun things or places your team can suggest in Anaheim to help unwind?
The Anaheim Packing House is a former orange packaging facility built in 1919 that has been revitalized as a 2-story food hall, is only a few miles from the convention center, and offers some of the more unique food in Orange County. There are also several places around the convention center where you can catch the Disneyland fireworks before heading to bed, whether viewing from a walk along the street or a hotel balcony.