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Distributor's Link Magazine Fall Issue 2014

52 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S

52 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK GF&D Systems was established in 1989 by Art Salani and the late Bob Davidson. As we celebrate our first quarter of a century, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the thousands of distributors, catalog houses, engineers, material managers and purchasing agents who have come to depend on GF&D for their grease fitting needs to accommodate their end users. Our associates appreciate the business and the positive reinforcement we have received over the past 25 years. All of these accomplishments which have far exceeded our expectations of 25 years ago are due to the professionalism of the rep organizations, both past and present who have represented GF&D throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico with knowledge, integrity, and honesty. Thanks to all of you as we begin our next 25 years. All our associates look forward to the continual success of all our customers. Thank you for your trust. Art Salani President & CEO For more information about GF&D Systems contact them at 5500 S. Westridge Drive, New Berlin, WI 53151. Tel: 1-800- 360-1318, Fax: 1-262-789-8640. Send any email requests to sales@gfdsystems.com or you can visit them online at www.gfdsystems.com.

THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK 53 Parker Fasteners 13765 W Auto Dr, Goodyear, AZ 85338 Tel: 623-925-5998 Fax:623-925-5968 Email: sales@parkerfasteners.com www.parkerfasteners.com HOME GROWN SOCKETS & TAMPER RESISTANT FASTENERS by Stan Lockhart There are many cold headed fastener manufacturers operating today, but when you talk about socket screws, that number shrinks considerably! Add in high alloy steels and special stainless material into the equation, that number gets even smaller. Robert Parker not only makes sockets screws and tamper resistant fasteners in 302, 316 and A286 stainless and has found his niche in the domestic market by manufacturing socket screws as long as 12 inches in 1/4 inch diameter. No surprise to those who know the history of Robert as a header man and as the son of a header man. He started his career over 35 years ago while helping his father in the shop where he worked and received compensation in twinkies and soda pop. Today, Parker Fasteners employs 27 people and is servicing distributors across the US for commercial, industrial and MS or NAS mil spec hardware in short and long run quantities. Terrance Dillon, Operations Manager for Parker, has seen the company grow in the complexity of the sockets screws that they produce as inquiries began to flow in for difficult parts that other manufacturers would not quote. Utilizing their 125 years of combined industry experience, and with a determination to "satisfy the customer", Parker continues to outperform others in the industry and make a solid name for themselves as the goto source for DFAR compliant quality socket drive and tamper resistant fasteners. With special buying arrangements for hard-to-work, hard-tofind, stainless and alloy steels, their vast inventory of wire ranging in diameter from 00 to 5/8, allows the company flexibility when quoting in a short lead time situation. Matt Boyd, Sales Manager for Parker finds that customers appreciate the willingness of the company to produce and deliver quantities with realistic volumes that are not dependent on raw material minimums. Located in Goodyear, AZ near Phoenix, they are well positioned for many of the markets they service in the aircraft, military, transportation and utility industries. Robert Parker has developed a proprietary line of tamper resistant drives that can be specific to each individual customer, creating the best "theftproof" assembly system in business today. Called Lock-Out, this trademarked drive style is keyed and also provides an anticam out fastener for production and field installations.

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