Congratulations again on your ten years in the fastener blogging business! Hard to believe, but I have another decade milestone to announce, and that’s the launch of the FCH Sourcing Network. That’s right, Brian and I set out on our predominantly fastener-related journey ten years ago today.
Who would have thought it would take us where it has, much less coincide so closely with the launch of your blog? But it’s true.
We’d been in business together for about eight years, doing web application consulting work, and doing pretty well. We stumbled into a fastener project, thought our approach to presenting fastener data online could bring value to the industry, and the rest is history.
When the website, www.FastenersClearingHouse.com was first launched, it was dedicated to slow moving and odd-lot inventory. The scope quickly widened, and we re-branded it FCH Sourcing Network. Today, over 1.3 million listings from distributors across North America are available through FCH, and the network is accessed by over 12 hundred unique users every business day. We’ve gotten to know so many great people as a result of our business, and it’s become our main focus.
Again, who would have thunk it?
As I considered all of this and looked back at the News page on our website, I went all the way back to 2007 where there is a story that appeared in Link Magazine. It describes our vision at the time, and it’s encouraging to see how far we’ve come since then, and how much of our vision has come true.
You can see the story here:
Many of your readers are frequent users, and network members. To them, Brian and I offer our great thanks and appreciation.
Like you, we feel grateful for the friends we’ve made and the experiences we’ve had as a result of our work in the fastener industry during the past ten years. We also look forward to the next stage of development of FCH. We have lots of big plans for the network, and we hope they make a positive impact on this industry that we’ve come to call home.
All the best to you and your readers,
Brian & Eric
FCH Sourcing Network