Selling Structural a Strong Opportunity in 2017

2016 was not a banner year for U.S. construction, with just 1% growth in spending. But there’s good news for 2017, with a great opportunity for distributors to increase sales of structural products.

U.S. construction starts are expected to increase by 5% in 2017, according to the latest construction outlook from Dodge Data & Analytics. The crystal ball gazers at Dodge expect U.S. construction spending to hit $713 billion in 2017, with strong growth in nearly all segments.

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Can A Hex Tap Bolt Be Used Instead Of A Partially Threaded Hex Cap Screw?

In applications where the working loads are exerted in line with the length of the bolt (called tensile loads), both a fully threaded and a partially threaded fastener are going to be able to support the same load. If the working forces exceed the strength of the fastener, both of these fasteners will fail in the threads at the same load.

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Ask The Expert: Zinc Platings or Zinc Flake Coatings?

Many of our customers are receiving requests to supply fasteners with a Zinc Flake coating.

Zinc Flake coatings are becoming the coating of choice for fasteners used in the automotive, construction equipment, heavy truck and agriculture markets. Manufacturers like Caterpillar, John Deere, AGCO, CNH and Bobcat are requiring the fasteners used to build and maintain their equipment to be coated with zinc flake coatings and are moving away from the more traditional zinc platings that they have used in the past.

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Ask The Expert: What Are JIS Specs?

The simple answer is that JIS is an abbreviation for Japanese Industrial Standards. JIS specs are standards that are issued by the Japanese industrial standards committee for industrial applications in Japan.

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Earnest Machine's New Sales and Sourcing Specialist

Steve Timura, a 20+ year veteran of the Fastener Industry, recently joined Earnest Machine Products, taking on the role of Fastener Sales & Sourcing Specialist.

Tell us more about your role with Earnest and how it’s different than the standard purchasing or sales role in the industry.

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