Fastenal is a distributor of the full line of Saint-Gobain Abrasives' Norton and Merit abrasive brands for the welding, industrial and construction markets. Saint-Gobain Abrasives received a similar award last year.
All Fastenal vendors are eligible for the annual awards, which are based on five factors: Product, Merchandising, Technical Support, Training and Sales Support. The top vendors are also reviewed for total purchases/sales volume; commitment to training/field support; purchase-order-to-shipment lead-time/order fulfillment; growth over prior year; terms and conditions; and support of Fastenal (being a customer as well as a supplier).
"This award recognizes the efforts that our sales managers and sales organization have deployed over the past year," says David Dodd, Saint-Gobain Abrasives' national sales manager, industrial markets. "We have also gotten fine support from customer service, inside sales, logistics and distribution. Our continued efforts are paying off."
"Winning this award is a major achievement, which gives us a lot of confidence in our successful competitive positioning in North America and in our ability to support our distributors with superior products and technical services," adds Benoit Bazin, vice president of Saint-Gobain's Abrasives Branch-North America.
Fastenal is one of the fastest growing full-line industrial distributors in the United States, and is the largest fastener distributor in the nation. Fastenal owns and operates more than 1,300 branch sites in all 50 of the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico, Singapore and Puerto Rico.
Saint-Gobain Abrasives is a division of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain. Saint-Gobain, one of the top 100 industrial companies in the world, is a leading producer of abrasives, building materials, flat glass, insulation, reinforcements, packaging, pipe, ceramics and high-performance plastics. Headquartered in Paris, Saint-Gobain's annual sales approximate $28.6 billion. The company has more than 173,000 employees in 47 countries. In the U.S. and Canada, Saint-Gobain employs about 26,700 people, and has 195 manufacturing locations. Its total U.S. and Canada sales in 2002 were $6.4 billion.