|Traded as||NASDAQ: FAST)
S&P 500 Component
|Headquarters||Winona, Minnesota, U.S.|
|Number of locations||2,566 (September 2011)|
|Key people||Willard D. Oberton (President and CEO)
Daniel L. Florness (Executive Vice President and CFO)
Fastenal Co is an American company based in Winona, Minnesota. Fastenal distributes industrial, safety and construction supplies and offers services including, third party logistics, inventory management, manufacturing, and tool repair. Fastenal refers to itself as an industrial supply company, but Reuters calls it an industrial distributor.
In North America, the company boasts nationwide networks of small retail stores that sell to consumers as well as companies, and its overseas operations include sales as well as sourcing.
- 1 History
- 2 Products and services
- 3 International operations
- 4 Fastenal Racing
- 5 Facilities
- 6 Controversies and criticism
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
By 2004, 50% of product was processed steel.
The company places much emphasis on its series of over 2,600 retail stores in North America.
Client companies and selling stratagems
The company sells both retail and wholesale.
US Government contracts
Commodity cycle costs
Customers sometimes ask for lower prices due to externalities.
Holo-Krome asset acquisition
S&P 500 constituent
Products and services
Fastenal's main inventory is fasteners such as screws, threaded rods, and nuts, which can be used in construction and manufacturing. Other product lines do exist. The company had a total of 690,000 individual products as of 2010.
Part of its services line, Fastenal offers vending machines full of needed supplies, such as MRO wares, drill bits, and tool bits, for placement inside smaller client company locations. Fastenal founder Bob Kierlin originated this plan. While others may offer similar services, Fastenal's vending machines are a disruptive technology, nonetheless.
While the company is primarily focused on North America, Fastenal also does business in Singapore, China, and the Netherlands. Overseas sales operations seek larger client companies than do the small, local North American shops.
Fastenal's Asian trading company, Fastenal Asian Sourcing and Trading Co, is a wholly owned subsidiary located in Shanghai, China, where it directs sourcing and import purchasing activities. By 2007, its employees were physically auditing factories it purchased from for quality and "social compliance" (which means a strong commitment to capitalism). Established in 2003, as of 2007, its activities included quality control. By 2008, it was also conducting sales operations.
Opening in 2001, Fastenal's Singapore location was its first site outside North America. By 2009, sales operations in this small city state were complemented by those in its larger neighbor Malaysia.
Locally incorporated Fastenal Malaysia Sdn Bhd is associated with Fastenal's Malaysian activities. The company runs an A2LA accredited testing laboratory in this nation as of 2014, and, as of 2013, has at least five locations in Malaysia.
The company has at least one sales outlet in Germany.
In 2011, Fastenal featured Esteban Gutierrez as its sponsored GP2 Series driver, showing solidarity with Mexico where it has operations. Esteban Gutierrez's second GP3 Series had been sponsored by Fastenal in 2010.
In 2006 and 2007, Fastenal Racing sponsored the No. 18 Dodge and Bobby Hamilton Racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. 2006 saw Bobby Hamilton Sr. and Bobby Hamilton Jr. participate, and in 2007 driver Kenny Schrader took the front seat. A television commercial for the company was also produced this year.
Fastenal sponsored the Chip Ganassi Racing entry, the No. 40 Dodge with Felix Sabates and lead driver Dario Franchitti, in the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series. In 2009, Fastenal Racing began a partnership with JR Motorsports. Dale Earnhardt Jr, Scott Wimmer, Ryan Newman, and Ron Fellows were seated in the No. 5 "Fastenal Chevrolet" for 14 out of 21 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
For the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series Fastenal Racing began its storied partnership with Roush Fenway Racing and Carl Edwards. He was seated in the No. 60 car, and Fastenal sponsored 15 out of 21 races. Carl Edwards remaied in the No. 60 Ford for the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series, and Fastenal sponsored 15 out of 21 races.
Starting in 2012, Fastenal will be the primary sponsor for Carl Edwards in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sponsoring him in 17 events including the 2012 Daytona 500. In 2013 the company continued to sponsor NASCAR through Roush Fenway Racing and Carl Edwards in the No. 99 Ford. The season started at the Daytona 500 where Carl Edwards crashed out half way through the race. Edwards went on to win the second race of the season at Phoenix International Raceway while driving the Subway #99 Ford. Fastenal will be the primary sponsor of the #99 Ford for the races at Martinsville Speedway (4/7), Texas Motor Speedway (4/13), Talladega (5/5), Charlotte All-Star (5/18), Charlotte (5/26), Michigan (6/16), New Hampshire (7/14), Indianapolis (7/28), Pocono (8/4), Bristol (8/24), Chicagoland (9/15), Dover (9/29), Kansas (10/6), Charlotte (10/12), and Phoenix (11/10).
As of 2011, the company operates 16 distribution centers in California, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Washington, in the cities of Denton, Texas, and Houston, Texas, in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Ontario, in the state of Nuevo León, Mexico, and in the Malaysian city Nusajaya.
The location of the first Fastenal site, Winona, Minnesota, has now become that of the company's headquarters. By 2005, a central collections office had been established in Caledonia, Minnesota, 40 miles (64 km) south of Winona.
Machining is a better term for many of Fastenal "manufacturing" operations. As of 2000, the company employs 400-plus people at "six" manufacturing locations, including one manufacturing bolts made using a newer method, cold heading, in Rockford, Illinois, an operation in West Hartford, Connecticut, and another in Malaysia, etc. These sites are probably joined by others in Indianapolis and in Modesto.
Controversies and criticism
Government contract debacle
Employee class-action controversy
In 2008, Fastenal paid a $10 million settlement to a class-action lawsuit. The company was alleged to have failed to pay overtime to some employees. Filed by former Fastenal Assistant General Managers who accused the company of misclassifying them as exempt from the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and corresponding state wage and hour laws in California, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, these plaintiffs were represented by Nichols Kaster, PLLP. Fastenal has denied the allegations but said it settled "in order to avoid significant legal fees, the uncertainty of a jury trial, distractions to Fastenal's operations, and other expenses and management time that would have to be devoted to protracted litigation."
Worker satisfaction survey
Fastenal was ranked the 24th worst place to work in America, according to a glassdoor.com survey in 2009. As of 2012, glassdoor.com uses self-selected employee informants to call Fastenal "OK" although as late as 2011 its rating was the lower "dissatisfied".
- "Fastenal Company Reports 2011 Third Quarter Earnings" (Press release). Globe Newswire. 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
- Fastenal Company (FAST) Stock Report nasdaq.com
- UPDATE 1-Fastenal Q3 results beat market estimates reuters.com, Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:33am EDT
- Fastenal Co (FAST.O) reuters.com
- About Us (Video) Fastenal official site
- US STOCKS-Futures slip as dollar firms reuters.com, Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:39am EDT
- 40+ Years of "Growth Through Customer Service" Fastenal Official Site
- Company Leadership: Biographies; Robert A. Kierlin Fastenal Official Site
- President’s Letter to Shareholders (2009) Fastenal Official Site
- President’s Letter to Shareholders 2004 Fastenal Official Site
- Supply Chain Diversity: A Message From the Fastenal Supplier Diversity Team Fastenal Official Site
- UPDATE 1-Fastenal Q2 profit beats Street reuters.com, Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:35am EDT
- Fastenal Company Settles Dispute Fastenal Official Site, January 13, 2011
- President’s Letter to Shareholders 2007 Fastenal Official Site
- Fastenal Company to Acquire Holo-Krome Company Fastenal Official Site, December 9, 2009
- Salesforce.com, Fastenal to Replace Fannie, Freddie in S&P 500 bloomberg.com, September 9, 2008 17:45 EDT
- President’s Letter to Shareholders (2008) Fastenal Official Site
- Direct Import Services: Global Sourcing with Domestic Service Fastenal Official Website
- President’s Letter to Shareholders 2005 Fastenal Official Site
- President’s Letter to Shareholders 2006 Fastenal Official Site
- "SCOPE OF ACCREDITATION TO ISO/IEC 17025:2005: FASTENAL COMPANY LABORATORY - MALAYSIA". Fastenal. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
- "Southeast Asia Fastenal". Fastenal. undated. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
- "Locations > Malaysia". Fastenal. undated. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
- Fastenal Europe Fastenal Official Site
- Home > About Us > Company Overview > Distribution Overview Fastenal Official Site
- Fastenal Racing site
- Fastenal Racing – Carl Edwards
- Fastenal, Esteban Announce 2011 Partnership Fastenal Racing Official Site, January 17, 2011
- Fastenal Racing: Fastenal History Fastenal Racing Official Site
- Fastenal Partners with JR Motorsports Fastenal Racing Official Site, January 16, 2009
- Newman, Stewart, and Wimmer to join strong driver line-up in 2009 Fastenal Racing Official Site, March 16, 2009
- Drivers: Ron Fellows Fastenal Racing Official Site
- Looking to the Start of 2010 Fastenal Racing Official Site, January 25, 2010
- Fastenal to Sponsor Carl Edwards in 2010 Fastenal Racing Official Site, December 4, 2009
- Fastenal Kicks off the 2011 Season at Daytona Fastenal Racing Official Site, January 19, 2011
- Corporate Locations Fastenal Official Site
- http://www.nka.com/Cases/FastenalCompany.aspx?CaseRef=70[dead link]
- List of top U.S. places to work: survey reuters.com, Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:07am EST
- Fastenal Reviews glassdoor.com, accessed on: 01/05/12