Elgin Insights

Self-Tapping Screws and GRIP-LITE

It’s a hot, sweltering day in the middle of the summer. And for perfect timing, the air conditioner unit has decided not to function properly. When the temperature gets into the 90°, it’s a necessity to have the AC at full blast or there will be lots of uncomfortable people. A quick inspection of the …

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Specialty Fasteners: The Right Fastener Right Now

Nuts, bolts and screws are all around us in just about everything we do. For the average Joe, it would be as simple as going down to the local hardware store or national chain outlet and purchasing what they need. For industries with specific needs in specific areas, the ordering is more unique. A certain …

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Do You Trade Show?

The advent of early fall hastens our preparation for exhibiting in two major industry trade shows. The first is the National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo (NIFMSE), held each October in Las Vegas, Nevada. From the advantageous location of Booth #1403 (to paraphrase Bob Uecker, we’re in the front row!), Elgin Fastener Group will …

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Three Reasons Why Cleveland Really Does Rock

The trio of companies comprising the Cleveland operations of the Elgin Fastener Group (Chandler Products, Quality Bolt & Screw, Telefast Industries) offer more than 185 years of fastener manufacturing experience. Each division has its own unique history, and brings its own special set of capabilities to the industrial fastener industry. Chandler Products is located in …

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Fastener Joint Failure Evaluation

There have been many papers written on how to design a good fastener joint, what type of fastener is best in a particular application, or the causes of a specific type of failure. These all have good information, but many times, particularly when discussing screw failures, you may feel you need a master’s degree in …

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Next-Generation Workforce

We’ve all read or heard the concerns about the shortage of qualified applicants in the domestic manufacturing job market. This topic seems to hit closer to home each time one of our tool makers, machine operators, or set-up personnel celebrates a milestone company anniversary; which we define as twenty-five or more years. We’re happy to …

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In Support of American Manufacturing

I’ve spent over 35 years working for manufacturers in the American fastener industry, with most of those years in sales and customer service management positions. Over that period of time I’ve had the opportunity to visit more industrial manufacturers in the U.S.A. than I can recall. I’ve toured electric motor plants that produced thousands of …

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What Does Exotic Mean to You?

Ask someone to name an exotic place and the responses will most likely include names such as Indonesia, Thailand or Bora Bora. Ask someone in the fastener industry about exotic material, and odds are the response will include some mention of Vegas Fastener Manufacturing — acknowledged as the leader in domestic production of specialty fasteners …

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