Fast-Rite Blog

27 Aug

The Customers Weigh In!

Outstanding Results from Our Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey

We are pleased to announce that we have just completed our largest customer satisfaction survey to date, and the results were OUTSTANDING!

We contacted a large portion of our customer base representing approximately 91.5% of our total sales,  and asked them to rate us on a scale of 1-5 (5 being best, 1 being worst)  about every aspect of our business to see to where Fast-Rite was performing strongly, as well as where we need improve.

Some of the highlights include our customers rating Fast-Rite’s employees an average 4.87 out of 5 in knowledge and professionalism. In addition, they rated us an average 4.63 for the quality of our material. Every single respondent indicated a very high (average 4.62) probability they will continue business with us in the future.

Many of our customers had the same positive comments about Fast-Rite International. Some of these comments were:

-Salesmen were extremely diligent and committed

-Very consistent lead and delivery times

-High quality products at a fair and consistent price

-Ability to store material until it is needed

The overall average from totaling the responses to all the questions was a remarkable 4.55 of 5!!!  These results make us very proud at Fast-Rite, but by no means do these results make us content. We will always strive to improve our business in all areas regardless of how high our survey responses may be, because there is always a way to enhance our service.

Don’t just take our customer’s word for it. Contact us at 630-858-0988 and see first hand how Fast-Rite International can help your business thrive

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17 Aug

Make your construction projects much easier!

Fast-Rite is pleased to announce that it is now a proud distributor of Phillips Square-Driv® Wood and Composite Screws. These specialty screws are now available for all of our valued customers. 


These screws were developed to prevent the common woodworking problems of stripping, rusting, or a weak hold. The Phillips Square Driv® with Anti-Camout Ribs is a screw that just won’t strip. Coated with Durafast coating, this screw won’t rust or stain the wood – Guaranteed! And with the screw’s patented design that places more steel under the head at the torque point, it creates a stronger screw, and therefore a stronger hold to better support your projects.

 These screws are manufactured under ISO9001 Quality Control monitoring and have the best warranty in the industry.

 Fast-Rite International is proud to be a distributor of the Phillips Square-Driv® wood and composite screws. We at Fast-Rite are dedicated to constantly improving our service and we believe that adding these quality products will help us reach that goal. 

 For more information Download the Flyer! or contact your Account Manager at 630-858-0988.

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19 Mar

Our new brochure is available for download!

Our new Brochure is available in both English and Spanish versions:

ENGLISH:  Fast-Rite Brochure (2011-English)

SPANISH: Fast-RiteBrochure_2011_Esp

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20 Feb

Fast-Rite Now Your Source for Cable Tie Express!

Fast-Rite is pleased to announce that it is now part of the Cable Tie Express distribution network. A wide variety of wire management items is now available to us from Cable Tie Express, including standard and specialty cable ties, heat shrink tubing, mounting bases, wire connectors and cable clamps. These products certainly enable Fast-Rite to assist our customers in meeting their requirements with high quality ISO manufactured products and providing thorough and quick answers to product or application questions they have.
Fast-Rite stands by the Cable Tie Express tagline – “tying service to quality” – in its offering of these wire management products to our customers. Visit or feel free to contact us for more information.

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25 Jan

Fast-Rite adds new PSM product line!

Fast-Rite is pleased to announce we are now an authorized distributor for PSM International.

A Best-In-Class World leader since 1931 in the manufacture of CLINCH NUTS, CLINCH STUDS, STANDOFFS AND INSERTS FOR PLASTICS, PSM is a global company offering advanced capabilities with manufacturing, R&D, and distribution operations in 23 countries around the world.

PSM International designs, manufactures, and distributes special engineered fasteners, inserts for plastics, sheet metal fasteners, and direct screw fixings to global manufacturing sectors including computers, datacom, electronics, aerospace, automotive, medical, white goods, power generation, and general manufacturing.

Fast-Rite’s partnership with PSM offers our customers core competencies of 
Technical capabilities, industry application, and project management along with expert inventory management, inventory planning and delivery.  We cooperate with our customers early in the design phase and provide a full range of fastening solutions throughout the product life cycle – from design conception and prototyping through product launch and general production. It is our mission to help customers in producing time-to-market products with cost-efficient and high-quality fastening solutions – which we can do.  Customers switching to PSM for their clinch and insert products typically enjoy a considerable savings and receive not an “equivalent” but the exact same product that they have been paying much more for.

PSM Product users are a veritable who’s who in the world industrial scene.. they’re specified into prints for names like Dell, HP, NEC, Seagate, Sony, Toshiba Garmin, GE, Intermec, Viewsonic and more.. Automotive heavyweights BMW, Daewoo, Ford, GM, Toyota, Voldswagen and much more.

For more information contact your sales representative at 630-858-0988.

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04 Jan

Having Trouble Finding Hydraulic Fittings?

Fast-Rite has a full line of JIC, SAE and BSP Hydraulic Fittings - domestic or import

Supplies are scarce! Some major manufacturers are facing line shutdowns and supply failure because of material and power shortages overseas, and empty distribution pipelines here in the states.
That’s why Fast-Rite International is pleased to announced it’s full line of JIC, SAE & BSP hydraulic fittings.

Download our catalog:  Fast-Rite 2016 Fittings catalog

We are an authorized distributor for Tompkins Industries, as you may know. But we have not one but 8 different supply lines! We can take the work out of sourcing parts for you!

Most fittings are made offshore now, but do you need Made-In-America parts? Our partner factories can produce American-Made DFARS compliant product for you, shaving many weeks off the procurement cycle.

Why put all your eggs in one basket only to see your suppliers fail. Give Fast-Rite a call with the part numbers you need.. We’ll source all lines, and be back quickly with your quotation. In most cases we can supply you with MULTIPLE options based on current supply levels and production capacity.

Contact your Account Executive, call our Customer Service Team at 630-858-0988, or email us at

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04 Nov


Will you be at the Fabtech 2011 Show November 14th through 17th in Chicago?

If so, please stop by and see us at booth 3279!

Fast-Rite will be introducing it’s new Flash-Point self drilling screws.

Flashpoint screws are able to provide an enhanced installation experience.  They install at a significantly higher RPM speed than traditional self drillers, so they save installer time and save you money!

Personnel at the show include our Productivity Manager (that’s me..), sales staff and executive personnel.  If there’s a specific need or challlenge you’re dealing with, please stop by and see us!  We’re just west of the Big Ass Fans display on the east end of the south hall!





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02 Nov

3 Reasons to Choose Fast-Rite for Brass Fittings and Ball Valves

Fast-Rite has a complete line of Brass Fittings, Ball Valves and other components

1. Selection
Adapters and Fittings
Fast-Rite stocks a complete line of Brass Adapters and Fittings. Choose from Brass Hose Barbs; Brass SAE 45°, Compression, Pipe, and Inverted Flare Adapters; Poly-Flow and Poly-Push Fittings; D.O.T. Air Brake Fittings; and Garden Hose Fittings.
Needle Valves, Drain Cocks, and Ball Valves

For flow-control, Fast-Rite has a full-range of needle valves, drain cocks, and ball valves for a wide variety of industrial applications.

Ball valves are available in standard full-port and chrome-plated “mini” designs.

Full-port designs come in sizes from 1/4″ – 4″ and meet requirements for a full range of liquids, have plated carbon steel handle with blue vinyl insulator, large, full-size ports, NPTF threads, quick 1/4-turn handle and a low operating torque.

Mini Ball Valves are chrome-plated and come in sizes from 1/8″ – 1/2″ with pressure ratings to 600 PSI.

2. Quality
Made from CA360 Brass/Schedule 40, our Brass Fittings resist corrosion and are perfect for all air/water and lower-pressure hydraulic applications including refrigeration, pneumatic, hydraulic, automotive and industrial applications.

3. Availability
Our suppliers have the largest inventories in the industry, with the broadest selection of standard and jump sizes. Trust Fast-Rite to deliver, order after order.
• Air Brake Fittings
• Ball Valves
• Compression Adapters
• Drain Cocks
• Garden Hose Fittings
• Hose Barb Fittings
• Inverted Flare Adapters
• Needle Valves
• Pipe Adapters
• Poly Flow Fittings
• Poly Push Fittings
• Push-In D.O.T. Fittings
• Push-On Hose Barb Fittings
• SAE 45° Adapters

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28 Oct

Welcome To Our Blog!

Welcome to our blog. It’s the place where you can find out about new products.. new services.. new ways you can save money, improve productivity, enhance your products and in general reduce your TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).

How does that work? In the next few months we’ll feature articles on our main products, Fasteners, Stampings, Fittings and Assemblies. We’ll feature some new products like our Flash-Point self drilling screws which feature superior performance to the standard industry models – at competitive prices.

We’ll tell you about the great tools available that can help reduce your transaction cost and streamline your operations. Are you familiar with E-Kanban? Do you know why it’s superior to standard Kanban? Are you managing your inventory? Or are we managing it for you? What’s involved in offloading that work?

Are you using the right products? It’s common to go into a customer with thousands of SKU’s and find out that some of the components seem, well, a bit odd.. and upon asking we find out, “oh, well, that’s the way we’ve always done it”, or “Mr. X set that up 10 years ago, before he left the company.” We often find with a thorough Application Review that we can improve fastening performance, standardize and reduce SKU’s, improve the end-user experience and save our customers money!

This blog will be a work in progress, and we invite your responses. We know we’re all learning every day, and we’d like to learn from you too..

Any questions or ideas, please feel free to contact me.

Jim Gillespie
VMI / Productivity Manager

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