Finding strength in community
We’re in challenging times. Social distancing has become a way of life. Events and conferences are banned, borders are shut down, and several workplaces have temporarily closed or must work remotely. Companies deemed essential have implemented new safety precautions and limited staff. It’s a struggle that’s impacted nearly everyone worldwide and, at least currently, there’s no obvious end in sight.
One thing that does seem certain, however: the fastener industry will pull through if history is any indication. Although a world health and economic crisis like this is unprecedented in this generation, the majority of companies in the fastener industry are familiar with challenges — and longevity. Take NBK, for example, a specialty manufacturer of mechanical components (including fasteners) with four centuries of experience. The company, which has a U.S. branch, first set up shop in Japan in 1560.
One reason for its staying power: “We’re very much a problem-solving company,” shared Daniel Timm, customer service and inside sales representative with NBK America. He said the company continually looks for opportunities to provide for and support customers, even it means developing new products.
At Fastener Engineering, we’ve been compiling company profiles and what’s stood out is the remarkable commitment this industry has for its customers and colleagues. While NBK’s history is unique, the majority of fastener companies have decades of experience and wisdom.
Take Patrick Murphy, for example, VP of D.L.P. Coatings, Inc., a provider of painted fasteners. His father started the company in the 80s. The top lesson Murphy learned from his dad: “Treat others how you want to be treated,” he told us. “It’s simple but true.”
Rosa Hearn, an industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience and current product manager for the Proferred Rivets line at Brighton-Best International, also believes kindness is key. She supports the fastener industry and her local community in several ways. She’s the chairman of the Fastener Industry Coalition and WIFI, or Women in the Fastener Industry. These are two organizations dedicated to providing resources and education to those in the industry (such support organizations are yet another reason the sector will manage these tough times).
“It’s important to me to connect with others and share my career experiences, so others are aware of what’s possible,” said Hearn. She’s also on the advisory committee for an economic and workforce development program in California, where she teaches high school and college students about the fastener market.
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We encourage you to continue supporting one another, even from a distance. There is strength in community.