About Us

Fastenal at a Glance

Based on year-end 2016 data

What is Fastenal?

Fastenal provides companies with the fasteners, tools, and supplies they need to manufacture products, build structures, protect personnel, and maintain facilities and equipment.

Guided by a motto of "Growth Through Customer Service," our local teams work closely with customers to keep needed supplies flowing, provide supply chain solutions and expertise, and drive business improvements that help them compete and thrive. Simply put, we don't just make a sale — we align with our customers to make them more successful.

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Making Headlines
Ranked #44, just ahead of Starbucks, in Forbes' 2015 listing of the "100 Most Innovative Companies."
Harvard Business Review and the Reputation Institute
One of the world's 10 best companies in terms of company/CEO reputation, according to a 2015 study.
Bloomberg Businessweek
The top-performing stock in the Russell 1000 index over a recent 25-year period.
Our History

The Fastenal story began in 1967 when Bob Kierlin pooled together $30,000 with four friends and opened the first Fastenal location, a 1,000 square foot shop in his hometown of Winona, MN. The original business plan was to dispense nuts and bolts via custom vending machines, but the idea proved to be ahead of its time. Several decades would pass before Fastenal finally popularized industrial vending.

After surviving the typical struggles of a startup business, Fastenal gradually found its niche by going the extra mile for customers and providing the kind of service that kept them coming back. Kierlin later drilled this approach down to four simple words: Growth Through Customer Service.


Want to delve deeper into the Fastenal story? Watch this video about the history of Fastenal and hover over the years below to learn more about key milestones in our history.

Culture and Values

What's the "secret ingredient" that's enabled Fastenal to grow from a small-town fastener shop into one of the world's most dynamic and innovative companies? Most members of the Fastenal team would say the answer is our culture, including our deeply-rooted commitment to training, decentralized decision-making, and promotion from within.

In 2015, Fastenal employees completed nearly 478,000 online and instructor-led training courses.
Over 95% of our current branch managers were promoted from within, and nearly all of our senior company leaders began their Fastenal careers in entry-level positions.
In an era of outsourcing and downsizing, we've added more than 7,500 employees to our organization since 2010.

Our most successful employees live and work by the following cultural values.
Are these values as important to you as they are to us?

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