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The MWFA has published an updated Fastener Information Directory.  This book contains basic information to help those new in the industry as well as those not familiar with all aspects of the industry. 

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Career Opportunities

Sales Support Associate – Wheeling, Illinois

Beacon Fasteners and Components has been a leader in fastener distribution since 1979.  Our talented team shares the drive for excellence, hard work and company values that have made us the choice for our customers year over year.  Our culture is equally focused on creating outstanding experiences for our staff, our customers and suppliers.

Do you enjoy a challenge and have a desire to grow and learn in a fast paced environment?  Then consider joining our team and help us meet and exceed our customer’s needs while providing quality products and superior value added services.

We are looking for a full-time Sales Support Associate to join our Key Account Sales Team. This position is an integral part of our business, and services Beacon’s large and national accounts by managing administrative activities to allow account managers to focus on high level sales activities to grow sales and profits.  You’ll directly impact our business results by driving customer satisfaction and improved service level to customers.

We are searching for a self-motivated individual who is passionate about customer service, able to effectively juggle competing demands and priorities, with critical thinking and decision-making skills, and who thrives in a team environment.

The Essential Functions of this role:  

  • Provide administrative support to the key account sales team
  • Manage customer relationships by providing outstanding service and timely and complete communication about order status and delivery
  • Provide first call resolution and support to customers regarding quotes, orders and issues related to their account, escalating issues when necessary
  • Ensure all quotes and orders are processed accurately and timely, and reviewed for stock position
  • Manage weekly and monthly customer truck shipments
  • Inform management of customer issues and concerns that may affect order fulfillment or customer retention
  • Provide seamless coverage when sales managers are out of the office
  • Effectively partner and collaborate with colleagues in purchasing, sales, quality and shipping
  • Assist in or manage special projects


  • 3 years of experience in account management, sales support or customer service environment
  • High school diploma or equivalent education
  • Intermediate to advanced skill level in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated successes in delivering knock your socks off customer service
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Outstanding time management, prioritization and organization skills

Beacon offers a competitive benefits package. Fastener industry experience is preferred, but not required.  Interested candidates please send a pdf of your resume to careers@beaconfasteners.com

Posted 03/18

Looking for a dependable person with strong work ethic for our shipping department.  Duties include getting parts ready for plater, calling truck lines, packing orders, shipping UPS, loading and unloading trucks. Must be able to lift 40-50lbs.

Hours: 8-4:30, M-F
Benefits:  UHC insurance, 401K,  paid vacations and paid holidays
If interested please email resume to arlingtonfastco@aol.com     

Arlington Fastener

Sales Fasteners Inside/outside, Metal Stampings, Bent wire forms and all 
types of springs.  Prior Experience is necessary to enjoy great benefits, 
Profit Sharing, Ins, Salary/commissions and year end bonus.
resume to RRB@RBI-USA.COM  or call 847 647 5900.

New Members

All America Threaded Products, Inc./Denver, CO
Alper Services LLC/Chicago, IL
Components Company Inc./Brookfield, WI
Fascomp Electronic Hardware/Orlando, FL
Fastener Suprstore/Downers Grove, IL
Jackson Manufacturing, Inc./Maquoketa, IA
Viking Products, Inc./Grand Rapids, MI

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News Releases

SWD Inc. Begins Work on 25,000 sq. ft. Extension 

On June 7th, 2018, SWD Inc. held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate a 26,000 sq. ft. expansion of their existing 160,000 sq. ft. facility. In attendance were Village of Addison Officials, representatives from BMO Harris Bank, and members of Laub Construction. With this addition, SWD projects growth of 15% in year-over-year sales and expects that anywhere from 12-15 new positions will be created.
The current expansion is the second phase of a project that added 60,000 sq. ft. in 2012. The extra 26,000 sq. ft. will help with process flow in this state-of-the-art coating production facility.  It has been designed to allow for more warehousing with an automated racking system for part storage along with new office space for centralized shipping, receiving, and order entry processing.
The 3 million dollar addition follows a series of investments. This expansion is aligned with SWD’s mission to “Bring our customers the highest level of quality and service in the metal finishing industry”. SWD Inc. specializes in Black Oxide, Passivation of Stainless Steel, Phosphate coatings (Zinc, Manganese & Iron), Fastener Sorting and licensed application of High Corrosion Magni, Dörken and Yuken coating systems. Last year, SWD introduced a state-of-the-art robotic organic coating line with unprecedented production capabilities.
This project is expected to take six months and should be finished by November 2018.  (July ’18)



Abbott-Interfast – 70 years and by the way …  Did you know ?

Most of us were not around in September of 1948 when Martin (Marty) R. Binder incorporated and opened the doors of Abbott-Interfast Corp. (Abbott Screw & Mfg. & Co. back then) to the fastener & OEM community.  This year we are celebrating our 70th year of providing solutions for not only fasteners but a variety of products second to none.  Over the years, Abbott has secured over 25 patents.  Best known to distributors for yellow nylon insert locknuts, in 2017 Abbott began a marketing campaign to market other available products and services.  In 2018, we revamped our website, www.aicfast.com to highlight all the solutions we provide.

Our many years of experience is the foundation of our diversity.  Over the last 70 years, Abbott has provided innovation, global sourcing, screw machine specials, plastic knobs, inventory management, assemblies, and many more products where we have partners or alliances both domestically and overseas.  One such example, The Nationwide Fastener Directory ™, was born 46 years ago, a byproduct of the fastener industry, it quickly became the “go to” source for hard to find items. The Nationwide Fastener Directory still thrives today, has recently re-invented itself and is now available online at www.nwfast.com.  Our newest improvements include innovative search tools and a “virtual book” for those traditionalists who still like to use the 2-volume directory.

Made in the USA – Martin Binder strongly believed in manufacturing and it is still a big part of our business.  Within our 100,000 square foot family owned facility, we manufacture daily and recently we have begun to add modern day machining with the addition of CNC machines.  Abbott is a valuable source who can not only procure product at the most competitive pricing, but one that can back it up by making it in house when something unseen happens. 

The screw that works like a Tool!™  SplitStop™ fasteners is another groundbreaking product created by Abbott.  We secured 4 patents on high performance screws which were originally designed to solve OEM issues encountered while driving screws into wood, composite or engineered decking products.  Today SplitStop provides the best screw fastening system available and is sold online at www.SplitStop.com , in specialty lumber yards and packaged as private labeled product for some of the top composite manufacturers in the world.

Our involvement in the industry is extensive as well.  Marty Binder was one of the few originators of the Chicago Bolt, Nut and Screw Association now known as the Mid-West Fastener Association and served as one of the early Presidents.  Abbott is one of the very few members to have exhibited at every MWFA trade show ever held and Abbott has had 3 employees serve as President for the MWFA, as well as having staff serving on the Fastener Industry Coalition.

As we begin our next 70 years, Abbott continues to re-invent itself with additions like the latest optical inspection systems, additional CNC machines, an upgraded website, a new computer system, along with planned enhancements such as wireless warehousing, bar coding, and of course we will continue our marketing campaign so that we no longer need to say  “Did you know?” … because now you do!

(July ’18)


EFC Accelerates Growth Into Mexico 

ST.LOUIS, MISSOURI – June 15, 2018 -  EFC International, a leading supplier of engineered fasteners, with their corporate office in St. Louis, Missouri, continues to expand their global presence with the establishment of their office and warehouse in Mexico, EFC Global, S de RL de CV.

“Our recently established legal entity and operations in Mexico, including a warehouse in Querétaro, outside sales engineers, customer service and support staff in Mexico, enables EFC to enhance our service level in the region.  We’re able to respond more quickly and hold inventory in closer proximity to our customer base.  We also are positioned to act as a key channel partner into Mexico for our strategic partner suppliers.   With our locations in the United States, Mexico, Germany, China and South Korea, EFC truly has become a global leader in the supply of engineered fasteners and components.  EFC enables multi-national OEM customers and suppliers to utilize our services on multiple continents, taking advantage of our global network to mitigate supply chain risks and improve local service,” said Mary Becker, Vice President of North American Sales. 

Expanding its global footprint and investing in key strategic global markets, EFC ensures both supplier and customer needs are met.  EFC’s robust international growth is a tribute to the EFC team and to the strong international reputation of the world-class manufacturers who they have partnered with.   These partnerships ensure customers receive the high-quality service they’ve come to expect from EFC – anywhere in the world. 

EFC International is a leading supplier of specialty engineered metal, plastic, cold-formed, spring steel stampings, electrical and assembled component parts to the OEM and Distribution market places.   (6-18)

For more information contact:
Joyce Gerber
P: 314-439-4374


Jackson Manufacturing

Jackson Manufacturing is proud to be accepted as a member of the MWFA.  Jackson looks forward to working with the membership.  “They are  looking for distributors to stock and sell their full line of plastic adjustment and control knobs. Inquiries should contact Jack Hasken at 563-580-8688”.  5-18


Intercorp Earns Miami-Dade Product Control Notice of Acceptance for Strongcon® Fasteners

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Intercorp, an importer and master distributor of high-quality construction fasteners under the Strong-Point® and Strongcon® brands, has received a Product Control Notice of Acceptance (No. 15-0930.14) from the Miami-Dade Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, certifying that their Strongcon® products meet Miami-Dade requirements.

“Intercorp has always had a great reputation for high-quality fasteners and this NOA from Miami-Dade validates that,” said National Sales Manager Law Winchester. “Being certified will give architects, engineers, contractors, specifiers, and others the confidence to specify our Strongcon products and know that they will meet all building code requirements. The SP headmark on our Strong-Point products now signifies that our products meet the highest quality standards for construction fasteners.”

The Miami-Dade Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources thoroughly examined Intercorp’s product information, test reports, calculations, quality control methods and other factors to ensure that the products are code-compliant.

Strongcon® Miami-Dade certified fasteners are available through construction distributors throughout the United States. Visit www.intercorpusa.com to find a location near you.

About Intercorp

Founded in 1988, Intercorp has established itself as an industry leader in the fastener distribution business. Their flagship brand, Strong-Point, is sold by thousands of distributors to construction professionals throughout the United States. The brand consists of a variety of high-end fasteners including: Self-Drilling, Needle Point, Woodworking, Stainless Steel, Drywall, Pole Gripper, Outdoor, Concrete, and Cement Board screws. With an outstanding reputation for customer service, quick delivery, and superior support for the distribution channel, Intercorp is unmatched when it comes to high-quality fasteners. See Intercorp on the Discovery Channel with Ed Begley Jr., click here.

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Intercorp Introduces Strong-Shield Coated Self-Drilling Screws for Maximum Corrosion Protection

ORANGE, CA -- Intercorp., an importer and master distributor of high-performance construction fasteners under the Strong-Point® brand, is pleased to announce their Strong-Shield® coated, corrosion resistant, self-drilling screws. These proprietary Strong-Shield coated products are about 50% less expensive than stainless steel fasteners and offer more than 40 times as much corrosion resistance as zinc.

“These new coated fasteners will attach metal to metal in roofing, siding, carports, patios, mezzanines, framing and more,” said Law Winchester, National Sales Manager. “They have a four-layer protective barrier that prolongs the life of the fastener. It consists of a metallic zinc layer, a hex-chromium passivation layer, a functional nano-coating layer and a high-grade anti-corrosion chemical conversion film. With this kind of corrosion protection, distributors and construction professionals alike will benefit from this product offering.”

These Strong-Shield coated products are ideal for coastal and other regions where corrosion is a concern. They offer a high degree of corrosion resistance which includes exceeding 1,000/hrs. of salt spray resistance, 15 cycles of Kesternich for rust/acid rain protection, and ACQ compatibility.

With locations in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Portland, Houston, Cleveland, and Miami, Intercorp is strategically located to ship any of these Strong-Shield coated fasteners today. Call 800-762-2004 to find out more.

About Intercorp

Founded in 1988, Intercorp is as an industry leader in the fastener distribution business. Their flagship brand, Strong-Point, is sold by thousands of distributors throughout the United States. The brand consists of a variety of high-quality fasteners including: Self-Drilling, Needle Point, Woodworking, Stainless Steel, Drywall, Pole Gripper, Outdoor, Concrete, and Cement Board screws. With an outstanding reputation for customer service, quick delivery, and superior support for the distribution channel, Intercorp is unmatched when it comes to high-quality fasteners. Learn more at www.intercorpusa.com.

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