Infasco has been a global provider of one of the largest ranges of fastener products and services for more than 60 years. According to the company, what makes it unique is the high-quality of its components, which are tracked from material selection to the end-user. In fact, one of its common tag lines is: “If there is a triangle on the head, you can be assured your bolts are from one of the best.”
The triangle stands for excellence, quality, and exceeding expectations. One other key reason Infasco is unique, particularly in the fastener industry, is that it is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by both the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada).
“This is something to be very proud of in a sector that has traditionally been owned and operated by men,” shares Ana Isabel Gomez, sales & marketing advisor with the company. “The WBE certification is not easy to achieve.”
Holding a WBE certification means that a company has gone through a meticulous certification process to confirm that a business is at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women.
According to WBENC: “By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations, and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.”
“I cannot tell you how much it means to work at a company that truly recognizes the value of diversity in its employees,” says Gomez. “It’s like working with family because that’s how we’re treated.”
Infasco is part of a family of businesses that are all under the parent company, The Heico Companies. “Under the strategic management of Chairman Emily Heisley Stoockel, The Heico Companies’ businesses in the United and States and Canada are certified by WBENC and WBE Canada — so it’s more than just Infasco that makes the overall organization unique,” she says. The WBENC is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S.
As part of The Heico Companies, Infasco is also capable of delivering true vertical integration by providing the development, manufacturing, and distribution of components.
“This starts with the raw materials,” explains Gomez. “For example, one of Heico’s businesses owns a mill in Ontario, where we source the metals used in our fasteners. So, we have the ability to track every single part of the manufacturing process, from the material chosen to the equipment used, to guarantee our customers reliable, quality products.”
Infasco also has a Quality Assurance Task Force, which continuously works to set new industry standards of excellence. The manufacturer operates an accredited ISO 17025 testing laboratory to verify and ensure strict adherence to product specifications. Additionally, Infasco’s quality-management system is certified to ISO 9001 and IATF 16949.
To design and manufacture higher quality fasteners efficiently and cost competitively, the company uses several high-end technologies, including:
- Computerized Statistical Process Control (SPC) throughout the manufacturing process.
- Soft Drop handling equipment to protect thread integrity.
- Spectrometric chemical analysis.
- Computerized non-contact dimensional measuring equipment.
- Magnetic Particle Examination of Discontinuities.
The main industries Infasco serves include transportation, automotive, heavy equipment, agriculture, and the energy sector.
“Because we have control over every part of the manufacturing process, we can also adapt to a customer’s needs or requirements. This is important is certain sectors, such as the automotive industry,” says Gomez.
Infasco is also able to control for factors such as sustainability in manufacturing. “We are environmentally conscious and have implemented practices to reduce our impact on nature and the planet,” she says.
According to Infasco’s website, the company practices six methods of sustainability in its work, including:
- The segregation and reduction of industrial wastes.
- The use of clean technologies.
- Recycling of steel and used chemicals.
- Continuous monitoring of energy consumption.
- The optimization of water consumption and clean water discharge.
- The monitoring and reduction of greenhouse gases.
“Quality and sustainability are really part of our DNA at Infasco because this company truly cares about its customers, products, employees, and the environment,” says Gomez. “And as one of many female employees, I have to say, it’s so meaningful to have our contributions recognized and deemed as significant. I’m very proud to work here.”