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Dowel pins are a cylindrical solid pin with a chamfered end for easy insertion. Dowel pins are commonly used to retain parts in a fixed position or to preserve alignment.

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Posted: 06/17/2020 by G.L. Huyett Marketing Department | with 0 comments


Vents, breathers, and relief vents are all types of pressure control fittings designed to maintain selected pressures inside of gearboxes and bearing housings. Learn about pressure control fittings here.

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Posted: 06/10/2020 by G.L. Huyett Marketing Department | with 0 comments


Understanding the standards and tolerances (permitted variance) of key stock can be complicated. Key stock is called out by nominal or named size. Among squares and flats, tolerances are referred to as "oversize" (over nominal) or "undersize" (under nominal). Learn to identify types of key stock here.

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Posted: 06/03/2020 by G.L. Huyett Marketing Department | with 0 comments


We make it a priority to have inventory in-stock, so our customers don’t have to. Inventory Management is an ever-changing field which is why we partnered with MIT on a research study to better predict our intermittent inventory demand and stocking levels.

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Posted: 05/27/2020 by Ngan Ngoc Chau, Ph.D. | with 0 comments


Consider retaining rings as an integral part of your design from original concept through prints and prototypes. If you work this way, chances are you will be able to use smaller, lighter components for substantial cost savings. This guide covers identification and design considerations of retaining rings.

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Posted: 05/20/2020 by G.L. Huyett Marketing Department | with 0 comments


Machine keys are removable machine elements installed between shaft key seats and hub key ways to transmit torque in power transmission assemblies. They can be machined; finished in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials; and tumbled by the thousands for automated assembly lines or just about any application. Though simple in design, they are a necessity in the transfer of power.

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Posted: 05/13/2020 by G.L. Huyett Marketing Department | with 0 comments


The Fastener Advisory Board discusses how the US government's Payment Protection Program was able to be leveraged by their members to provide a small amount of stability during these very unstable times.

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Posted: 05/07/2020 by From Distributor’s Link Magazine, Spring, 2020 Edition | with 0 comments


Clevis pins come in many shapes, styles, sizes, and materials. This guide will help you choose just the right clevis pin for your application.

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Posted: 04/29/2020 by G.L. Huyett Marketing Department | with 0 comments


Special use fittings possess unique designs for specific installation, servicing or performance applications. Our Machine Shop will manufacture nearly any material. Learn more about special grease fittings in this guide.

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Posted: 04/22/2020 by G.L. Huyett Marketing Department | with 0 comments


When measuring steel strength, there are several types of stress and fatigue to consider. It's an important factor when choosing the correct part for your need. Learn more about measuring steel strength here.

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Posted: 04/15/2020 by G.L. Huyett Marketing Department | with 0 comments


Industrial pins and wire forms are a specialized class of low-cost, non-threaded metal fasteners used in a broad range of applications and assemblies to permanently or temporarily secure or align components or equipment. Learn more about the different types of pins available.

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Posted: 04/01/2020 by G.L. Huyett Marketing Department | with 0 comments


This is a comprehensive guide to threads and their design. A thread is defined as a ridge wrapped around a cylinder or cone in the form of a helix. Threads can be tapered or straight, male or female.

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Posted: 03/18/2020 by G.L. Huyett Marketing Department | with 0 comments


Scorecards and KPI’s have been transformational at G.L. Huyett. As the old saying goes, “A watched number always gets better”. What are you looking at?

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Posted: 03/04/2020 by Tim O'Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


Organizations that are transparent in their day-to-day business practices are generally more successful than companies that are not. That’s because transparency – or being open with team members and management – fosters trust.

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Posted: 02/24/2020 by Sarah Sinnett - VP of Marketing and Technology | with 0 comments


As we navigate our career paths, there are many occasions where we are forced to validate or adapt our plans based on the added wisdom or circumstances that life provides. These crossroads are often the most intimidating trials we face and are filled with uncertainty and personal sacrifice.

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Posted: 02/12/2020 by Chuck Hoffman, Data Analyst | with 0 comments


The Supply Chain Research Expo was held on January 29th at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. In this blog, I reflect on some of the projects taken on by the doctoral candidates.

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Posted: 02/06/2020 by Tim O'Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


Having the tools to negotiate with procurement vendors for better prices is vital to reducing your supply chain costs. Learn more about vendor negotiations here.

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Posted: 01/13/2020 by Sarah Sinnett – VP of Marketing and Technology | with 0 comments


People think performance management is important, but few practice it. Your organization will benefit by implementing it in the future.

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Posted: 01/10/2020 by Tim O'Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


Reduce your manufacturing and supply chain costs by identifying inefficiencies with a cost-spend analysis. Learn processes and strategies for improvement here.

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Posted: 11/29/2019 by Sarah Sinnett – VP of Marketing and Technology | with 0 comments


Key stock can be made from many types of materials. This guide will help with selection of materials and finishes.

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Posted: 10/10/2019 by Sarah Sinnett – VP of Marketing and Technology | with 2 comments


Stainless & carbon steel fasteners are very widely used. Learn more about the differences between the two and which one you should choose for your application.

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Posted: 09/27/2019 by Sarah Sinnett – VP of Marketing and Technology | with 0 comments


Signing a contract to supply fasteners to an MRO provider or department is reason to celebrate. But securing the deal with the perfect proposal is only half of the challenge.

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Posted: 09/12/2019 by Sarah Sinnett – VP of Marketing and Technology | with 0 comments


Fasteners are fascinating: small parts that hold big components of equipment together that no one ever gives a second glance or thought. Except when they get loose or lost and need replacing. Except when you need to make sure your production line doesn’t come to a halt because a cotter pin is out of stock.

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Posted: 08/30/2019 by Sarah Sinnett – VP of Marketing and Technology | with 0 comments


G.L. Huyett proudly announces the addition of a new Technology Center in Sidney, NE. The Tech Center supports G.L. Huyett’s commitment to continued improvements to B2B commerce in the industrial space, improving customer service through data driven decisions, enhanced inventory and pricing management, developing product strategy through purposeful merchandising, and driving organizational results thru statistical analysis.

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Posted: 05/03/2019 by Tim O'Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


Talent assessment works to assess how a potential new hire will behave on the job.

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Posted: 01/29/2019 by Tim O'Keeffe, CEO | with 1 comments


G.L. Huyett, an ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturer, master distributor, and importer of non-threaded fasteners, grease fittings, and engineered fasteners, has received Section 232 Tariff Exclusions.

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Posted: 11/21/2018 by Tim O'Keeffe | with 0 comments


Over the course of the last few months, G.L. Huyett has developed a 40-foot by 80-foot Community Garden in what was once a wheat field directly south of G.L. Huyett’s headquarters in Minneapolis, KS. Though it required more work than what was originally anticipated, we're finding that we're not only raising crops, but also the collective spirit of our employees.

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Posted: 07/19/2018 by Tim O'Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


At G.L. Huyett we are in the midst of Period 1 performance evaluations. We work hard to ensure that our performance evaluations develop our talent and build for the future. It is a lot of work, but a process I actually have learned to look forward to.


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Posted: 05/29/2018 by Tim O'Keeffe | with 0 comments


This phrase is attributed to the management professor Peter Drucker, though there is some debate whether or not he first said it. Mark Field, former CEO of Ford Motor Company, was the first to name Drucker, and the quotation has since morphed into “Culture eats strategy for lunch.”


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Posted: 05/03/2018 by Tim O'Keeffe | with 1 comments


Over the past few weeks I have written a series of articles on corporate culture. Based on my experiences, I have categorized cultures into four groups. Red Culture is where everyone cares. In Pink Culture, everyone pretends to care. Black Culture is where everyone hates each other, and in Blue Culture nobody cares.


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Posted: 04/26/2018 by Tim O'Keeffe | with 0 comments


In recent weeks, I have written about company culture, classifying cultures into four color-based categories— Red Culture, where everyone cares; Blue Culture, where nobody cares; Pink Culture, where people pretend to care; and Black Culture, where everyone hates each other. In this article I will review the elements of Black Culture and how to move toward Red Culture, a culture in which everyone cares.


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Posted: 04/19/2018 by Tim O'Keeffe | with 0 comments


Recently, I have posted articles that classify culture using a color scheme. The classifications are based on my own personal experiences and observations. Red Culture, is where everyone cares; Blue Culture, is where nobody cares; Pink Culture, is where people pretend to care; and Black Culture, is where everyone hates each other.


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Posted: 04/12/2018 by Tim O'Keeffe | with 0 comments


In a recent column I shared some personal observations about corporate culture. Based on my experience, I classified cultures into four groups— Red Culture, where everyone cares; Blue Culture, where nobody cares; Pink Culture, where people pretend to care; and Black Culture, where everyone hates each other. We can agree that these are over-simplifications, but a study of company culture set against these backdrops can provide insight for the executive to review and self-assess their own culture and leadership.


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Posted: 04/05/2018 by Tim O'Keeffe | with 0 comments


As a student of business and a lifelong learner, I have become an amateur corporate archeologist and find that I like studying people, processes, organizational design, and cultures. Over the span of my career of managing and developing companies and people, I have made lots of mistakes along the way, but I have learned that culture is at the foremost of stimulating organization success.
 


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Posted: 03/29/2018 by Tim O'Keeffe | with 1 comments


Steel and aluminum are significant cost inputs to the manufacturing of industrial fasteners, and so over the past couple of days I have researched carefully the background and facts in and around a proposal by the Trump Administration to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum. What follows here is a factual accounting so that fastener industry executives can manage against reality.

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Posted: 03/05/2018 by Tim O'Keeffe, CEO | with 3 comments


Aah, Valentine’s Day. An opportunity to show love and appreciation to those around you. And that time of year when consumer product companies lay yet another holiday of consumerism upon us.

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Posted: 02/14/2018 by Tim O'Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


At G.L. Huyett, performance appraisal is a very important part of our corporate culture.

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Posted: 01/18/2018 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


Jessi Solt, a Strategic Quote Representative for G.L. Huyett, shares her experience as a board member for the Young Fastener Professionals. Chris Bell, a Regional Sales Manager for G.L. Huyett and Chairman of the Board for the Southwestern Fastener Association, also shares his experience as a member of a professional organization in the fastener industry.

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Posted: 12/21/2017 by Kristy Burks, Web Marketing Administrator | with 0 comments


2017 marks the 10th year of G.L. Huyett’s pet charity and community development program – Project Drive.

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Posted: 11/29/2017 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


My hat is off to J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans with his successful fund raising for Hurricane Irma relief. Watt was able to use his fame to leverage charitable capital formation at very low cost, with very low overhead, and with a very specific mission and purpose.

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Posted: 11/13/2017 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


Jindrich Waldes was an inventor and craftsman in Czechoslovakia in the early part of the twentieth century.

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Posted: 10/17/2017 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


In the world, the United States is unique for charity.

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Posted: 09/15/2017 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


In our 110-year history we have seen many changes. Guy Huyett, our founder and a known entrepreneur, once purchased the cargo of a ship grounded off the coast of New Jersey. The cargo, because of exposure to salty air, was rusty nails.

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Posted: 07/27/2017 by Tim O’Keeffe, CEO | with 0 comments


If you have ever had to request or manage Material Certifications or Certificates of Compliance it is no secret that it can be a time consuming, expensive, and frustrating experience. Manufacturers often require them to be requested at the time of purchase or require a large minimum purchase order to obtain a cert. In many cases, it is nearly impossible to get a Material Certification after the purchase has been completed, or there is a large cost associated that was never considered beforehand. As both a manufacturer and Master Distributor, G.L. Huyett has experienced this frustration from both sides.

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Posted: 06/29/2017 by Greg Tabor, VP – Sales Operations, Purchasing & Marketing | with 0 comments


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


I am pleased to have returned in good health and spirits from my recent Trade Mission. I wish to thank everyone who supported me.

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Posted: 04/03/2017 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


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