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Earnest Machine Earns Smart Culture Award

Earnest Machine has been awarded a 2017 Business Longevity Award from Smart Business News. The award recognized 44 Northeast Ohio companies with at least 50 years in business that have demonstrated their ability to adapt and evolve with the changing times.

Earnest Machine was founded in 1948 when Paul Earnest Zehnder began selling bolts and fasteners to service the heavy equipment industry that was building the infrastructure of post-WWII America. Today, Earnest remains a family owned business that has grown into a leading master distributor of fasteners in the United States and Europe.

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Advance Components – Master Stocking Distributor of Vogelsang Fastener Solutions Tension Pins

Advance Components is now the master stocking distributor of Vogelsang Fastener Solutions (VFS). Vogelsang is a worldwide leading manufacturer of formed metal parts and is one of the world’s largest producers of Coiled Spring Pins and Rollpins® both slotted and coiled.

Advance Components is proud to add VFS Rollpins® and Coiled Spring Pins to its list of quality products that are available for same-day shipping, low minimums, drop shipping, EDI planning and other value-added solutions that make Advance a trusted supply chain partner. Advance will carry a large stock of VFS Tension Pins for distributors across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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Sherex Large Size Rivet Nuts

Sherex Large Size rivet nuts are the largest blind rivet nuts in the industry, available in sizes up to 3/4"-10 (M20). Large Size rivet nuts provide an extremely strong attachment point that can be installed from one side of the base material, eliminating the need for expensive and complex assemblies.
Sherex customers in the Heavy Rail, Automotive, Agriculture and Construction, and Utility Pole industries have reduced costs, increased throughput and promoted better safety by replacing existing fasteners with our Large Size rivet nuts. One example: a utility pole manufacturer replaced several costly and hard to install components from their step bolt installation with a Sherex Large Size rivet nut, resulting in a $40,000 per year savings! Additionally, since fewer, less complicated fasteners are now being installed, line workers can perform their job more quickly and safely.
Contact us for performance testing data or to discuss a specific application.

Sherex Large Size rivet nuts can be installed with our FLEX-18 Installation Tool. The FLEX-18 is the most powerful rivet nut installation tool on the market, with a pull force of 18,000 lbs (80 kN) & 15mm (.591 inches) of available stroke, and can install rivet nuts from 5/16-18 to 3/4-16 and M8 to M20. Other features include: both pull to pressure and pull to stroke installation capabilities, single stage trigger, automatic reverse, and quick change mandrel design.

Fast Track Companies of Western New York

A Message From Sherex

Sherex was recently selected as a Fast Track Company by Buffalo Business First! This award recognizes Western New York businesses that have achieved significant revenue growth over a three year period of time.This is the 10th time we've received this award – and we attribute it to our mission of providing our customers with high quality lowest-total-installed cost solutions with world-class customer service. A sincere thanks to our customers for their continued support; we look forward to growing our businesses together!   

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Advance Components: Building Strong Connections

Building Strong Connections


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Advance Debuts New Logo/Branding

The Advance Team is proud to announce the launch of our new company logo as part of the ongoing evolution of our brand. Our business has grown and developed during the last 45 years, and while times have changed, our commitment to our customers has not. Our team is fresh-faced, but experienced. Our distribution strategy is new and improved. And our supplier/customer base is continuing to grow and demand new things from us.

We believe the new look matches what we’ve become since 1972: a valued supplier of quality fastening solutions for customers who want superior service and products to help them succeed. It also points to where we’re going with a future-forward plan to provide our clients with custom products, analytics and solutions to maximize their profitability.

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DIN Parts now available in US Stainless Steel Grade

Rotor Clip is expanding the availability of DIN standard parts for the European market using US PH 15-7 stainless steel. Whereas previously, wire-formed DIN parts were only available in the DIN grade of stainless steel, DIN 1.4122, Rotor Clip now offers both stamped and wire-formed parts for DIN sizes in PH 15-7. The DIN equivalent to PH 15-7 is DIN 1.4532.

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Material, Compliance, and RoHS/REACH Certifications Available for Instant Download at No Charge...

G.L. Huyett has taken much of the cost and hassle out of obtaining and managing Material and Compliance Certifications by making them available for download directly in their customers’ account order history at This makes it easy to locate the exact order, item, and lot for which the certificate is required and then quickly download it for easy printing, faxing, or e-mailing.

Finally, Material, Compliance, and RoHS/REACH Certifications are now available for easy download 24/7 from your Account Order History at

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Find Your When: Selecting the Best Time to Implement ERP Software

Are you stuck on the “When” of ERP implementation? If you’ve figured out the Who, What, Why, and How but are having difficulty selecting the timing, here’s a secret: you’re not alone

Many distributors postpone ERP hoping that some sign will reveal the perfect time to implement. Yet, without a glowing bat signal or the piercing eye of Sauron, companies pursue a wait-and-see method of decision-making. Why? The justifications are fairly common:

  • We’ll wait until the new fiscal year
  • We’ll schedule it for our slow period
  • We’ll do it after we finish hiring
  • Maybe after the holidays

Rationalizations like these drive delays, yet time is not on your side. Without the essential improvements of interconnected ERP software, days, weeks, and months equate to lost opportunities for compounding savings, productivity, and growth.

So, when is the right time to implement ERP software? In short, the answer is “Now.” Remember that the longer implementation is put off, the longer your company will be mired in redundant, inefficient processes. Honestly ask yourself these questions:

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New! Polypropolene cable ties for uses where chemical effects on nylon are a concern

FAQ: Business Software By The Numbers

Researching business software options can seem like a daunting process, and you may have a thousand questions relating to ERP. I thought it would be helpful to share some of the answers for common questions. For instance, have you ever wondered:

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EFC Expands Global Presence

EFC International, a leading supplier of engineered fasteners, with corporate office in St. Louis, Missouri, has announced the implementation of their worldwide globalization strategy with the opening of offices and warehouses in China, South Korea, and Germany

Expanding its global footprint and investing in key strategic global markets, EFC ensures both supplier and customer needs are met.   “EFC’s physical presence in these countries enhances our relations, providing local support and value by offering a simpler, more cost-efficient way to manage the supply chain, “ said Guenter Retkowski, Vice President of International Sales.

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Megliola brings decades of fastener experience honed across sales, marketing, and operations.

Vertex Distribution, a division of HWC (NASDAQ: HWCC), is pleased to announce that Richard "Rich" Megliola has joined the team as President of Vertex Distribution. Rich began his career in the fastener industry after acquiring a degree in Marketing from Kean University when he took an Inside Sales Representative role at Reynolds Fasteners, Inc. During Rich’s long career at Reynolds, he helped grow sales from $29 to $200 million while rising to the role of Vice President of Sales & Operations. He was named president of Reynolds Fasteners’ sister company Atlas Screw & Specialty Corporation after they were acquired by Heads and Threads International, LLC. Following leadership roles with Stelfast COO and Titan Fastener Products Inc. as EVP, Rich was named Director of Sales North America for Acument Global Technology, a division of the world’s largest fastener manufacturer with over $1.2 billion in annual sales, Fontana Gruppo Special Fasteners. Rich is married with 2 children and resides just outside of Chicago. Rich is currently serving as a Board Member

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4 Main Benefits of Enhanced Cloud ERP Deployment


Cloud ERP is growing. In fact, based on a 2016 Report on ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Systems and Enterprise Software by Panorama Consulting Solutions, Cloud ERP deployments have risen from 11% to 27% since 2015 (based on 215 study respondents). Why? Distributors are doing the research and are understanding the verifiable benefits that come with Cloud ERP.

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Retaining Rings Make Shaft Sense

What Makes Retaining Rings the Right Solution?

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Ryan Waychoff has joined the Advance Components sales team as a Regional Sales Manager


Ryan Waychoff has joined the Advance sales team as a Regional Sales Manager. Ryan previously worked in field sales at Fastenal and in the construction industry where he excelled in helping clients find the best solutions. A graduate from Oklahoma State University, Ryan is a newlywed, roots for the Atlanta Braves, enjoys hunting, fishing, photography and playing the guitar. Contact Ryan at [email protected] or 972-446-5505.


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Express Fasteners Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Open House