Fastenal To Install AFC-Holcroft UBQ Batch Furnace Facility

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Fastenal Company, North America’s largest distributor of industrial and construction materials such as screws, bolts, and fasteners, has purchased a complete UBQ (Universal Batch Quench) furnace line from AFC-Holcroft.  The equipment will be installed in one of the customer’s plants in Winona, Minnesota, USA.

As is typical for a complete batch furnace production cell,this order consists of a UBQ batch furnace sized 36-48-36, two UBT temper furnaces, a spray/dunk washer, a double-ended transfer car, and a 4500 cfh E-Z series endothermic gas generator.

Fastenal requestedcustomization to the stock equipment to meet their specific requirements.  This is the first installation of heat treat equipment at Fastenal’s Winona location.  The equipment is expected to be delivered and installed in the 3rd quarter 2014.

About Fastenal

Fastenal [NASDAQ: FAST] is North America’s largest fastener distributor and an efficient single source for a vast range ofindustrial and construction supplies. The company’s distribution system is designed to provide local product and service atmore than 2,500 stores, each offering tailored inventory to provide a high rate of same-day service. Fastenal supports its product offering with a lineup of services and solutions, includingFastenal Automated Supply Technology, custom manufacturing, engineering support, and wide-ranging industrial services.Learn more at

About AFC-Holcroft:

AFC-Holcroft is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of heat treating furnaces.  The legacy companies that comprise AFC-Holcroft have a combined 225+ years of thermal processing experience.  The company manufactures turn-key heat treating systems for applications including commercial heat treating, bearings, automotive, aerospace, mining, military, aluminum heat treatment, gear manufacturing, fastener manufacturing, and alternative energy industries.

AFC-Holcroft, headquartered in the United States, has a global reach with direct sales coverage in North America and worldwide, whileAFC-Holcroft Europe serves major industrial markets in Germany, France, and other European locations.   AFC-Holcroft’s Asian Operations manages partners in China, India, South Korea, and other countries in the region, and the company also extends into markets in Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Russia, and Spain, through relationships with partners, many of whom have manufacturing capability.

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AFC-Holcroft World Headquarters

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Wixom, MI 48393 USA 
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AFC-Holcroft Asian Operations

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Pudong, Shanghai 201206, P. R. China
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