One must wonder how many people under the age of 30 know what the term “dog-eared” implies. In case you don’t know, it is that curvature of a page or pages of the corner of a book from multiple uses. Sweaty hands, perhaps from work or anticipation, dampen the corners and as they dry out, they roll upward. How many of you recall the Sears Christmas Catalog, the Thomas Register, or the phone book? At one time, phone books were so exciting that Steve Martin made a fuss about the arrival of new phone books in the movie, The Jerk.

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Posted: 06/12/2017 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


G.L. Huyett’s Vision Statement calls for the creation of three distinct corporate ecosystems: Customer, Talent, and Continuous Improvement. Wikipedia defines “ecosystem” as “a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment.” Our use of the term implies that we create/stimulate physical environments in which customers, employees (talent), and processes (continuous improvement) thrive in a self-directed manner largely absent of outside intervention.

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Posted: 03/01/2017 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 1 comments


MAK-A-KEY™ brand key stock is not your ordinary key stock, nor is it your ordinary steel product. While simple in appearance, it is a complicated product to manufacture. What makes MAK-A-KEY different?

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Posted: 02/15/2017 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


In late 2015 we launched a concept to elevate the intelligence of our team relative to the academic principles of quality systems. Coined the "Stairway to Excellence" program.

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Posted: 02/03/2017 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


MAK-A-KEY™ brand key stock is not your ordinary key stock, nor is it your ordinary steel product. While simple in appearance, it is a complicated product to manufacture. What makes MAK-A-KEY different?

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Posted: 02/01/2017 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


G.L. Huyett now offers the most complete and popular key stock of any manufacturer in the world with the addition of the MAK-A-KEY™ brand from ITW Shakeproof Industrial Products.

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Posted: 01/17/2017 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


In December, G.L. Huyett acquired the keystock business and intellectual property of MAK-A-KEY™ from ITW Shakeproof Industrial Products Division. This was our second acquisition in the past year or so. In October, 2015 we acquired Precision Specialties of Collierville, Tennessee.

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Posted: 01/12/2017 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


Key stock can be made from many types of materials. We review what materials are most common and how to choose the right material and finishes for your application.

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Posted: 12/20/2016 by G.L. Huyett | with 0 comments


The two most popular and well‑known key stock brands are Moltrup and MAK‑A‑KEY. While Moltrup is most often used in OEM applications, MAK‑A‑KEY is made to allow for in‑field fitting to the key way.

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Posted: 12/02/2016 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


Key stock and machine keys are probably more technical than you could have imagined. In this post, we review the different types of key stock and machine keys, its uses, standards and markets.   

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Posted: 11/16/2016 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


The average person or engineer may be unaware of how much goes into the production and handling of key stock. To many, key stock looks like simple chunks of processed steel, but key stock is a precision product and we are the world’s leader in procurement, inventory, manufacturing, and distribution of this simple but very relevant product.

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Posted: 11/02/2016 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


G.L. Huyett catalogs are a learning experience, chock-full of illustrations, technical drawings, applications information, and engineering support. Although many are moving away from producing industrial catalogs, we intend to continue to support this cherished, but perhaps analog means, of servicing what we sell.

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Posted: 10/13/2016 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


The National Industrial Fastener and Mill Expo is the largest industrial fastener show in North America. “NIFS-West” is the acronym for the prior name “National Industrial Fastener Show-West.” “West” referred to the fact that the first fastener shows were in Columbus, Ohio.

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Posted: 09/15/2016 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 2 comments


Jim Collins’ book Good to Great is often referenced by many, and among the more popular snippets of advice is “Get the right people on the bus.” ITW Shakeproof Group™ is a supplier and marketing partner to G.L. Huyett, who we are happy to have on our bus.

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Posted: 08/12/2016 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


Gain customer recognition as subject matter experts with solutions-based selling.

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Posted: 08/02/2016 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


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