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ACME Manufacturing Announces the Appointment of John Barrett as President and Chief Operating Officer

ACME Manufacturing is announcing that John Barrett will lead the company as President and Chief Operating Officer effective on June 1st, 2023. Barrett will succeed Tim Broderick as he retires in June 2023.

Barrett’s most recent post was at Oribi Composites, where he was Chief Operating Officer for three years. John brings 28 years of experience in manufacturing to ACME. He earned a master’s degree in operations and manufacturing management from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. Barrett’s experience extends into the United States military where he served as an Officer in the Army while deployed in Operation Desert Storm.

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Ford Aerospace Acquired by SPIROL

SPIROL is pleased to announce that Ford Aerospace Ltd based in South Shields, UK will be joining the SPIROL group of companies. 

Ford Aerospace was founded at Tyne Dock in 1910 by Robert Ford, and the family business has most recently been led by the founder’s great-grandson, Chris Ford. The company specializes in manufacturing high precision metal components and sub-assemblies for the aerospace, industrial, and high-technology sectors.  It’s been a leading supplier over its 113 year history dating back almost as far as the first recorded flight in 1903 by the Wright Brothers.

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Empire Bolt & Screw Adds Distribution Warehouse in Summerville SC

After 51 years of success operating as a single location in Spokane, Washington, Empire Bolt & Screw announces the opening of a second warehouse distribution facility in Summerville, SC.

President and CEO Ron Stanley stated, "After receiving requests from various customers needing more localized inventory, we listened and started the process of setting up a distribution warehouse in South Carolina. We are already seeing the advantages of having inventory closer to our customers due to the logistical challenges of shipping freight across the country. Under the direction of chief operations officer, Jennifer Sturm, our new service facility was established within four short months at a location 2,600 miles away from our Spokane headquarters."

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EFC International Acquires Inventory Sales Company

Frontenac-backed EFC International announced March 2 that it has acquired St. Louis-based Inventory Sales Company (ISC), a distributor of fastener products, components, and struts/accessories to diversified industrial and infrastructure markets. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

EFC, based in St. Louis, MO, operates globally and provides solutions such as engineering support, sales and marketing, distribution, and high-touch service to customers in the automotive, industrial, and other technical end markets. The Company has served as a critical link between suppliers and customers for over 35 years. EFC has a history of growth driven by longstanding supplier relationships and a tenured customer base.  

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Desert Distribution Sales and Incentive Sales Merge

Jo Morris, Managing Partner at Desert Distribution Sales, LLC, and Karen Ardizone, owner of Incentive Sales, are today announcing that they are combining their manufacturer’s representative agencies. Effective March 1, 2023, they will conduct business as Desert Distribution Sales and cover the territories of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, and Utah. 

John Wachman, Founder and Partner at Desert Distribution, expressed his appreciation for the work Karen and Jo did to bring this agreement forward. He also noted the long and accomplished careers that both these women have had in the fastener business. 

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The Olander Company, Inc. is now ISO-Certified

Fastener distributor The Olander Company, Inc. has confirmed last month that they are now certified by ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, as meeting the high standards for quality outlined in their ISO 9001:2015 edition.

When serving industries like medical technology, semiconductor manufacturing, and automotive and aerospace engineering, a meticulous quality management system is key. Olander’s internal processes focus on continuous improvement and thorough documentation. “Our policy is that Olander meets or exceeds our customer’s requirements with quality products at competitive prices, through our Quality Management System (QMS) and continuous improvement process,” says Richard Thiedt, Operations and Quality Manager at Olander, who oversaw the auditing and certification process. “We’re glad to finally be certified,” he continued. “It has always been a priority for us at Olander to be excellent corporate partner to our customers, and they’ll now have the additional assurance of our ISO certification. We stand by our products and services, and constantly work to improve.” 

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Big Bolt Acquires Delta Secondary

Big Bolt expands its presence in the strategic secondary services growth category.

Big Bolt, LLC (“Big Bolt”), one of the largest specialty fastener manufacturers in the US, announced it has acquired Delta Secondary, LLC (“Delta”), an Illinois-based manufacturer of fasteners and provider of secondary services.

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LindFast Acquires Star Stainless Screw Co.

LindFast Solutions Group (LSG), a leading master distributor of specialty fasteners in North America, today announced the completion of its purchase of Star Stainless Screw Company (Star). Together LSG and Star will be even more effective at meeting the needs of their diverse customer base, ranging from stainless to inch, to metric, to value-added services, and more.

"We believe the combination of LSG and Star will give our collective customers unparalleled ability to meet all of their fastener needs with one company," said LindFast CEO Bill Niketas. "With Star's 14 branches and distribution centers across North America and the 16 locations we have, this collective footprint will allow our customers to access product even more efficiently than in the past."

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S.W. Anderson Company Makes Two Acquisitions

S.W. Anderson Company, a specialty and class C component distributor, has made two acquisitions: Jet Fitting & Supply Corp, a specialty and standard fastener distributor in Santa Ana, California, since 1946; and The M.E. Martin Company, a standard fastener distributor in Cleveland, Ohio, since 1977.

"We're thrilled to add both the Jet Fitting and M.E. Martin employees to S.W. Anderson," stated Jim Degnan, President of S.W. Anderson Company. "Their ability to work on applications with customers will pair well with S.W. Anderson's technical sales model and access to engineered products. We look forward to supporting our newly acquired customers with more products, services, and technical resources to help grow their businesses.

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Olander Goes Live With e-Commerce

Last month, fastener distributor Olander unveiled its new website, which offers visitors the ability to order fasteners and hardware online. The site also features free 2D and 3D CAD (computer-aided drafting) files and spec sheets for over 40,000 products, and practical advice on the purchasing and application of different fastener options for all types of projects.

While Olander largely serves the industrial community (primarily in the medical, semiconductor, and aerospace fields), it has also been a trusted resource for engineers and inventors through its robust counter and will call offerings. With the health guidelines necessitated by Covid-19, the company has updated its curbside pick-up service; however, CEO David Byrne recognized the opportunity to release the long-awaited e-commerce option for Olander customers. Now, with a few keystrokes, users may find the precise hardware they need and place their orders (for shipping or local Will-Call pickup) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The in-house Sales Team and dedicated Business Development Managers will continue to work directly with clients, as well.

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Gage Bilt Installation Tools Join the Advance Lineup

Advance Components is proud to announce a new partnership with Gage Bilt, a top manufacturer of rivet and lockbolt installation tools and components. Advance will now stock Gage Bilt’s extensive line of pneudraulic, hydraulic and pneumatic tools.

Since 1956, Gage Bilt has been manufacturing economically-priced, heavy duty riveters to install a wide variety of aerospace and commercial fasteners. Gage Bilt tools are ergonomically designed for fast installations, reduced hand fatigue, and simple maintenance. Gage Bilt tools can be used to install fasteners from POP®, Avedel®, Cherry® and Huck®.

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AATP hires new National Sales Manager

Lancaster, PA – February 24th, 2021  All America Threaded Products (AATP) is pleased to announce they have hired Al Bate as their National Sales Manager. Al brings with him a broad background as a Fastener Industry professional and leader with a track record of successful team management and development in sales, operations and manufacturing. His Fastener career spans over 30+ years across the UK, Europe and since 2008, the USA. He has held leadership roles with several divisions of the TR Fastenings group through much of his career, in both the UK and the USA.

In 2018, he took two years out of the industry to follow his entrepreneurial bent and help build Fast-Exec LLC—a head-hunting agency specializing in the industrial fastener industry—founded by his wife, Jacqui.

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AATP hires new Northeastern Territory Manager

Lancaster, PA – March 8, 2021 Danielle Maze joins All America Threaded Products (AATP) as the Northeast Regional Account Manager. In addition to those accounts, she will also be managing catalog accounts. She brings over seven years of experience as Operations Manager, Service Manager, and Customer Service in the printer, toner, and copy paper industry at Weaver Associates Inc.

In addition to her sales experience, Danielle has managed delivery drivers, service teams, logistics requirements, and service calls. This foundation gave her the skills, attributes, capabilities, and attitude that made her an ideal candidate for further developing and building excellent customer relationships. Her keen sense of operations and logistics management means she is no stranger to the value of reliability, delivery and service.

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SPIROL Launches New Series of Molded-In Aluminum Threaded Inserts for Plastics



SPIROL is pleased to introduce a new, high-performance series of Molded-In Inserts for plastics assemblies. The rugged design of the Series 63 Through Hole Inserts and Series 65 Blind End Inserts consists of multiple bands of helical knurls to maximize torque resistance, balanced with radial undercuts to achieve high pull-out (tensile) force. These Molded-In Inserts are designed to be placed in the mold cavity prior to plastic injection, and offer exceptional performance due to unrestricted plastic flow into the retention features on the outside diameter of the Inserts.

These lightweight, lead-free Threaded Inserts for Plastics are manufactured from 2024 grade aluminum which provides the best combination of strength, corrosion resistance, machinability and cost. The Series 63 and Series 65 Molded-In Inserts are lead free, 40% stronger than brass, and 1/3 the weight of the same Insert manufactured from brass. Standard metric thread sizes include M4, M5, M6, and M8, and standard inch threaded sizes include 8-32, 10-24, 1/4-20, and 5/16-18.

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EFC International Partners with Research Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc. (REMINC)

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – February 18, 2021.

EFC International is pleased to announce its expanded focus on the world-wide distribution of genuine parts made by Research Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc. (REMINC) Authorized Licensees. EFC’s team of application engineers support customers with advanced engineering assistance, direct factory relationships and rapid prototype solutions, as well as extensive value analysis and value engineering services. Matt Dudenhoeffer, President and CEO of EFC, states, “EFC, REMINC and REMINC’s Licensees look forward to this partnership knowing that end-users will benefit from our combined strengths.”

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John Wachman Inducted into Fastener Hall of Fame

Pac-West member John Wachman of Desert Distribution was inducted into the Fastener Hall of Famewhich recognizes professionals who have made significant and enduring contributions to the industrial fastener industry on a national or global scale.

“I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from the industry,” said Wachman. “I will continue my best efforts to improve the fastener industry and am dedicated to seeing the industry thrive.”

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Ocean Freight Update

Ocean Freight Update

Written by: Dana Wilson, Empire Bolt & Screw

February 16, 2021

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INxSQL Featured in Link Magazine Cover Article

From Link Magazine:

For decades there has been the argument that much of the work taking place in large office spaces could be accomplished from home. Businesses were loath to test the theory for fear that there would be a reduction in employee productivity, but now, out of necessity, more and more businesses are realizing that the opposite is true. Employees are embracing the challenge; with Covid here for the foreseeable future, working from home effectively is one way to help your business survive.

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Olander Company Free Webinar January 28

Don’t miss The Olander Company's free AVK threaded Inserts webinar on January 28. This information-packed webinar takes a deep dive into AVK threaded inserts: design benefits, best industrial applications use cases, and typical concerns around the correct usage of threaded inserts. The webinar wraps up with a discussion on AVK threaded inserts tooling options and tricks for troubleshooting common problems.

Olander is an authorized premium stocking distributor of AVK wire inserts and tools in the US.

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EFC International Announces Re-Designed Website Launch

EFC International is pleased to announce the launch of a newly designed website delivering innovative products and solutions providing an unparalleled customer experience. The website provides easy access to an extensive on-line resource for engineered specialty fastening solutions used throughout the world.

“Serving as a platform for EFC’s mission to Redefining The World Of Distribution, the website highlights the EFC Difference -- a combination of Connections, Expert People, Engineering, Quality, Local Support, Global Presence and Logistics, providing customers with an information-rich experience and a comprehensive suite of fastener solutions,” states Matt Dudenhoeffer, president and CEO of EFC International.

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