Century Fasteners Corp. announced the recent passing of their co-founder and CEO, George Stieglitz. He was 90 years old.
Stieglitz helped build Century Fasteners to be the master distributor of fastener and non-fastener components that it is today, supplying to the military, aerospace, electronics, automotive, sheet metal fabrication, contract manufacturing, telecommunications, and medical industries. The ISO and AS certified company stocks more than 100,000 discrete part.
Before co-founding Century Fasteners in 1955, Stieglitz honorably served the country in the Korean War as an U.S. Army Medic. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and earned the following awards: Combat Medic Badge, Korean Service Metal with two Bronze Stars, a UN Service Metal, and the National Defense Service Metal.
Early on, Stieglitz helped to refocus the company from manufacturing to distribution. The first branch was in Charlotte, NC, followed closely by Tampa, Fl. and several other locations including offshore warehouses in Puerto Rico and Mexico.
Additionally, he was instrumental in developing inventory management programs and strong supplier relationships that continued to grow the company. Stieglitz and his business partner, Jack Schlegel, were humbled and amazed by the growth of the company and by the quality of people who contributed to its success.
Stieglitz was an innovator, hero, a gentleman, and his dedication toward his employees, customers, and suppliers will forever be the foundation of Century Fasteners.