Our featured principal this newsletter is Driv-Lok, Inc.
Over the last 75 years, Driv-Lok has become the preeminent supplier of press fit fastener in the United States. Driv-Lok parts are found in many applications across a wide variety of industries: Industrial, Military, Aerospace, Automotive, Medical and Sports & Recreation.
Like most great American success stories though, Driv-Lok's beginnings were much humbler. In 1939, Pete Hilstrom and his wife traveled East from Iowa to visit friends from his time as an engineer at General Electric in Connecticut. A chance encounter with a old co-worker lead to Pete meeting with Ernst Von Mertens, who with one machine was trying to produce a grooved pin fastener for the Connecticut clock industry. Things weren't going as well as he hoped, and Von Mertens was selling the machine and moving on. Pete saw an opportunity, bought the machine, and moved his wife and young daughter out East. What is now known as Driv-Lok, Inc. was born in a corner of the second floor of the A.H. Nilson Machine Company (who had lent him the space) in Bridgeport Connecticut.
From man with one machine (and one customer) in 1940, Driv-Lok has grown to a company with over 90 employees (with over 1200 combined years of experience) who have shipped parts to over 40 countries around the world.
Please see the description of Driv-Lok product categories below. The company continues to grow. In 2014 they shipped over 200 million parts to over 700 customers!