Fastenal makes for a snug fit. The industrial and fastener distributor sells almost 1.4 million products in about a dozen categories, including threaded fasteners (such as screws, nuts, and bolts), which represent 34% of overall sales. Other sales come from fluid-transfer parts for hydraulic and pneumatic power; janitorial, electrical, and welding supplies; material handling items; metal-cutting tool blades; and power tools. Founded in 1967 as a fastener shop, Fastenal now operates more than 2,600 stores in all 50 US states and in Canada, Mexico, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Its customers include construction, manufacturing, and other industrial professionals.
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