In the 1980’s, stainless steel fasteners were sometimes difficult to come by. Except for a few major importers that supplied distributors, inventory was not readily available. Carl Brantley realized stainless steel would never gain wide spread acceptance in the US market place as long as this system kept the pricing out of reach for the average consumer. His plan – to invest heavily in imported stainless steel and sell directly to the OEM. In 1984, he opened Marine Fasteners.
At that time, boat builders across the US were the single largest users of stainless steel fasteners. This market recognized the advantages of stainless steel, and immediately jumped at the new competitive prices Marine offered. Within four short years, Marine was recognized as the premier supplier of stainless steel fasteners to the marine industry.
Industrial sales grew slower as buyers initially hesitated at the low pricing Marine offered. It was the early 90’s and fastener quality was national news. Throughout this stormy period of federal agents raiding fastener distributors nationwide, Marine Fasteners’ reputation for quality was never questioned.
With over 30 years of fastener experience with extremely low employee turnover, our knowledgeable staff is backed by a management committed to employee and customer service.
In 1987, Marine opened its second branch in Elkhart, Indiana to better serve the Midwest and Northeast US market. In 2001, a third stocking location was added in Springfield, MO to serve customers west of the Mississippi River. In recent years, Marine has opened stocking facilities in Reno, Nevada; Phoenix, Arizona; and Houston, Texas, allowing service to the west coast as well.
In 2008, Marine Fasteners was acquired by The Wurth Group to function as their primary stainless steel supplier in North America. Since then, Marine has continued to use their expertise in stainless steel and the marine industry to grow into new markets, including servicing the solar, curtain wall, and sporting equipment.
As it has grown, Marine Fasteners has adopted technological advances to make it a more valuable partner for your supply needs. Our adoption of The Wurth Group’s C-Parts Solutions (CPS) system has allowed us to take our vendor managed inventory programs to the next level. With the introduction of our customer app for iOS in 2016, Marine Fasteners is stepping into the 21st century of customer service.