Today is the 10th anniversary of this blog site. I should have prepared some kind of great historical post reminiscing about how things have changed over the last 10 years. I should probably be dropping names (Andy Pels, Eric Dudas, Daniel, Rivalin, Mike McGuire) of people who supported my early efforts on this site, but I didn’t really prepare that either. And I do not have a list of all the names of companies that were in the fastener business 10 year ago that no longer are in business today – but all those ideas did cross my mind. No, instead I spent Sunday working in a booth at the Do-It-Best show with Ross Shepard and I got home late last night. I did make one really good contact which I will write about soon, but otherwise I just got home and checked on my fantasy football team and went to bed. However, today has been a productive day. I finally delivered a good number of Hall of Fame bricks to the IFI building where Rob Harris has agreed to ship them out to the people or family members of several past HOF inductees. Thank you Rob for doing that.
And thanks to anyone who has read this blog over the last 10 years. Originally, I thought it might be a site where people respond and interact, but that has never really developed. For the most part, I write something and nobody says anything much. But I got past that several years ago and all is good. On the other hand, I regularly get contacted by people from throughout the fastener industry who read the blog and seem to mostly enjoy it.
One request I have on this anniversary (if you have read this far) is please respond to this post with the city, state or country where you are located. You don’t even have to use your real name. Make one up or use your real name. The day I post I get a lot of hits but then over the next week I see more and more people reading. Over the course of a week, the post gets read by quite a few people, depending upon the topic. So, do me that small favor and feed my curiosity and let me know how far this reaches by posting your location. And again, thanks for reading.
I’m a new reader to the blog. Nicely done!
Congrats on 10 years! Keep em coming my friend.
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Congratulations on the milestone! I am relatively new to the industry and really enjoy reading the blog. The industry is such a niche it is really refreshing to hear someone other than my co-workers or customers talk about the ridiculous minutia that is the fastener industry.
– Chase Watson
Atlanta Rod and Manufacturing
(now working out of Clearwater, Florida)
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TS, Wishing you another successful 10 years. Your contributions to our industry are appreciated, laughter, insight and sarcasm who could ask for more from a masked fastener legend. ? Sunnyvale CA John Butler
Reading your blog from Bryce Fastener Inc. Gilbert, Arizona. Congratulations on 10 years!
Happy 10th Traveling Salesman! Keep up the good work! Thanks for all you do for the industry,
Margaritaville sounds good. Got a 9:00 meeting Tuesday morning but should be able to get there by about 11:30-12:00. Will text with a more specific time that day. It’s a date!
We are glad that you have hosted your website with us for 10 years!!! Here is to 10 more!!!
Nobody does it like you.
If I knew your true identity, I’d buy you an Old Rusty for sure.
Keep ’em coming.
Farm Country, Ohio
Congratulations! I always enjoy your posts and musings, keep it up! Greetings from San Juan, Puerto Rico
Thanks. Will you be at the show in Vegas?
Congratulations! Looking forward to the next 10 years.
At a time when everything in our industry is and has changed, you have become a staple. Congrats on 10 years. If we didn’t see a post at least once a month, there would be something very wrong in the fastener galaxy. And if I have to say it myself, you know I always am truthful with you, you do go on & on sometimes but it’s always good stuff! Other posts may stop well ahead of your interesting and provoking words, but your perspective, especially as a Road Warrior in the trenches daily, really does buzz around the industry often, even if you may not hear it. What is the saying, If a tree falls in the woods and ……………………….. Yes, they do talk about it.
On behalf of the MWFA, and Abbott-Interfast Corp, congrats on 10 years of posts. Here is to the next ten !
Isn’t it great when all the good anniversaries are in the same year 🙂
Bob Baer, AIC, Wheeling, Illinois
Me ramble?? Hmmm. Thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated.
Always great to read your very interesting thoughts.
OK, incognito, spelled my name backwards and made up an email and website
Always read your blogs…keep ’em coming!
Jim Sullivan-Naperville (Chicago), Illinois
Congrats on the anniversary from AFI Industries.. . See you in Vegas Mike-Carol Stream, IL
Congratulations from Northamptonshire, England for a great insight into the US fastener industry.
Congrats on the anniversary!! Like reading your insight on things and always a great conversation.
Here’s to another 10 🙂
Happy Anniversary! Really enjoy reading your posts and learning from them!
And thank you very much to Fastener News Desk, the Twitter mega-power. Every time you Tweet about fastenerblog.net the number of readers jumps dramatically. Stay creative and keep pushing the boundaries. Have you guys recovered from MFG Day yet?
On behalf of the Young Fastener Professionals organization, I would like to express my gratitude for the continual support throughout the years. Happy Anniversary and Keep Up the Good Work!
Stelfast,Inc. / Young Fastener Professionals
I also want to make sure to thank Daniel Rivalin of bazibaza.com who publishes my posts out to the European market and out to Asia. Hope to hear from some of you in Europe and Asia who might be sleeping right now. Not sure of the time difference.
Happy Anniversary TS! Congrats on being relevant for 10 years!! Keep up the good work…
ISSCO, INC/BTM Manufacturing
Kansas City, MO
Congrast on 10 years!!! I feel like a should send you a dozen roses. Keep up the great work.
Allan Weitzman Manager, Jay-Cee Sales & Rivet, inc
Address: 32861 Chesley Dr, Farmington, MI 48336
Congrats on the 10th anniversary. Your posts are very informational on what is happening in the fastener industry in U.S.A. Often times some regular names crop up in your posts, and after some period of time, it feels like you know them.
great to see you guys networking in u.s.a.
Thank you out to India.
Congrats, the blog is almost 4 times older than my career. Always enjoy the read!
So….what you’re telling me is I’m reaching Millennials?? Seems like you’ve been at this at least 5 or 6 years!!
Correct! Well….technically I’ve been around the game longer than that I guess! I was just counting the years under my current job title hah
Happy 10th, TS, from Hauppauge, NY. We’re sorry we couldn’t be with you to celebrate this auspicious anniversary, but that darn oil needs changing when it needs it, ya know? All our best to the Fastenerblog crew, which is just you, right? If this doesn’t start a debate, I don’t kmow what will. A man slaves over a hot keyboard, he wants some gratification. I can’t give you that, but I know a guy and he knows some girls. You’ll feel better, I promise.
Damn Charlie, you always have my back! Good deal, and thanks for the constant support.
Congrats my friend on your milestone 10th Anniversary from all of us at K-J!
Always enjoy reading your thoughts on the industry. Happy anniversary!
From Elgin, IL @ Set Screw & Mfg. Co.
From Southern California and we are reading your blog. Thanks for
continuously adding to the fastener industry!
Congrats & Happy Anniversary from your friends at Metric & Multi… Thanks for keeping the fastener industry up to date on current events and happenings!!!
Although it has only been a couple of years reading your posts, I have really enjoyed it and your great sense of humor. The rep business is new for me (4 years) after being in fastener distribution for MANY.
CRAZY business …. a huge industry….but small world. Keep them posts coming.
This is a day to celebrate!! Happy Anniversary from your friends at Branam Fastening Systems!!!
Good afternoon TS,
Keep up the great work!
We always enjoy your posts, here in Melrose, Massachusetts.
Yours in industrial fasteners and components.