A few years ago I wrote a piece about the Fastener Hall of Fame. For a few years, they had not inducted anyone and I wrote a blog about that topic. In response to that post I was notified that the HOF was alive and well and was also informed that there was a physical Fastener Hall of Fame walkway in Columbus, Ohio next to the Columbus Convention Center where the Fastener Show had been held for years. For the record, he Hall of Fame has inducted new members in both 2014 & 2015. So, being a student of the fastener industry, I decided to make a pilgrimage to the HOF and see what was there. In December, 2015 I set aside some time to track down the HOF walkway and took some pictures, some of which are shown below.
While I was visiting the site a construction worker told me that they were doing a lot of work in that area and he was pretty sure they were going to be removing the Fastener Hall of Fame pavers as they expanded the Convention Center. I called the Columbus Convention Center and, sure enough, they confirmed that the HOF walkway was going to be removed. I left them my name and asked that they call me to let me know when this would be happening. I never heard back so I made contact again in January, 2016 and I was told that the bricks had been removed and were sitting in a wooden box on a pallet. The Fastener Hall of Fame had been removed and they had no idea what to do with the bricks. I told them that if they did not have anyone to claim them that I would welcome the opportunity to retrieve them. In mid-January, I was sent an email saying if I wanted to pick them up I could take possession of the bricks. With the help of a few industry friends, we did just that.
The Hall of Fame pavers are in safe storage until a suitable site can be found for them. For an audio account of the “Saving of the Hall of Fame” adventure, please visit www.fullythreaded.com and listen to the upcoming Episode #102 to be broadcast on Thursday, February 18.
Here’s a few shots from my visit to the Hall of Fame walkway December, 2015, before I was told they were being removed:
And here is what the same site looked like in January, 2016 when we went to retrieve the bricks:
Yes, this one was put in upside down.
And, thank you to Fastener Field Trip Team who helped to retrieve the HOF brick pavers that came very close to being discarded:
Again, the Hall of Fame pavers are in safe storage until a suitable site or plan can be found for them. For an audio account of the “Saving of the Hall of Fame” adventure, please visit www.fullythreaded.com and listen to the upcoming Episode #102 to be broadcast on Thursday, February 18.
We contacted the National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply show operators to inform them that the Hall of Fame had been removed from its original location and received this response from Karalynn Sprouse of Emerald Expositions:
“We just learned yesterday of this news and we are thrilled he was able to ‘save the bricks’ ….we would like to ask the listeners (of Fully Threaded Radio) to suggest ideas for the bricks. Emerald is listening and we will continue to find ways to commemorate these innovative people in our industry”
Back in a safe place, the bricks have been sorted and cleaned.
To see a complete list of who is in the fastener hall of fame, click below: