Fastenal Company history, company profile (overview) and history video

       Fastenal Company is a distributor of industrial and construction products headquartered in Winona, Minnesota, United States. It offers OEM, MRO, construction, industrial, and safety products.


       Fastenal’s history began in 1967 when Bob Kierlin pooled together $30,000 with four friends and opened the first Fastenal store, a 1,000 sq. ft. shop in his hometown of Winona, Minnesota. The original business plan was to dispense nuts and bolts via custom vending machines, but the technology proved impracticable at the time. (Several decades would pass before Fastenal finally popularized industrial vending.)


    • Abrasives;
    • Adhesives, Sealants, and Tape;
    • Compressors and Accessories;
    • Cutting Tools and Metalworking;
    • Electrical;
    • Electronics and Batteries;
    • Evaporative Coolers and Accessories;
    • Fasteners;
    • Fleet and Automotive;
    • Generators and Accessories;
    • HVAC and Refrigeration;
    • Hardware and Building Supplies;
    • Hydraulics;
    • Ice Machines and Accessories;
    • Janitorial and Cleaning;
    • Lighting;
    • Lubricants, Coolants, and Fluids;
    • Machinery;
    • Material Handling, Lifting and Rigging;
    • Motors;
    • Office and Breakroom Supplies;
    • Outdoor Products and Equipment;
    • Packaging and Shipping Products;
    • Paint and Painting Supplies;
    • Plumbing;
    • Pneumatics;
    • Power Transmission;
    • Pump Accessories;
    • Pumps;
    • Raw Materials;
    • Safety
    • Sealing;
    • Security;
    • Test and Measurement;
    • Tools and Equipment;
    • Trainings, Resources and Sustainability;
    • Welding.

       With more than 22,000 employees, Fastenal Company is considered one of the largest fastener distributors in North America. According to Forbes, it is considered one of the Largest Public Companies in the World.

    *Information from Forbes,, and

    **Video published on YouTube by “Fastenal



    Related videos