The Fastenal story began in November 1967 when Bob Kierlin opened the first Fastenal store, a 1,000-square-foot shop in his hometown of Winona, MN. It was a humble beginning, but the company eventually found its niche as a supplier that earns opportunities by exceeding customers’ expectations for service – an approach later summed up with four words: Growth Through Customer Service. Guided by this motto, Fastenal grew from a small-town store …to an up-and-coming regional business … to a successful public firm … to North America’s largest fastener company … to the world’s most efficient distributor of OEM, MRO and construction supplies.
Today as always, we believe great service starts with being close to our customers. That’s why we operate 2,700 stores worldwide – far more than any other industrial supplier.