Crescent Manufacturing Mourns the passing of Dick Gates

Dick Gates, Crescent's former majority shareholder form 1980 to 2005, passed away February 5, 2011. Dick was a contemporary of President George H.W Bush in World War II and at Yale University.

Dick's grandfather was Fredrick Taylor Gates, Frederick Taylor Gate's autobiography  is titled "Chapters in My Life". Frederick was a baptist minster, John D. Rockefeller Sr.'s confidential adviser and a philanthropist. He was from Maine, New York and was born in 1853. The first line of Frederick's autobiography is "Well up the sloping western side of the Valley of the Nanticoke Creek..."

Dick's autobiography from "Hartford Courant" follows:


Richard Judson Gates formerly of West Hartford died on Saturday(Feruary 5, 2011) at the age of 90 at the Mclean Health Center after living in that retirement community since 2007, was born April 3, 1920 in Glen Ridge. He grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, graduated from Montclair High School and entered Yale (Class of 1943) with his brother Gordon.

Richard left Yale after completing two years due to a call for military service. He entered the US Army Air Corp., applied for flight training and received his wings and officer's commission 11/10/42 at Foster Field Texas. Lt. Gates was sent to Bradley Field, CT and then to Republic on Long Island, where P-47 planes were being manufactured. Next the entire 352nd fighter group was loaded aboard the "Queen Elizabeth" and headed for Europe and World War II. Upon arrival in Scotland, they went by train to an 8th Air Force Flying Field in East  Anglia, England. Richard was assigned to group headquarters and to fly P-47 and P-51 fighter planes with the 485 Fighter Squadron. High altitude bomber escort missions were his primary assignments, of which he completed 42. In addition, he flew low altitude dive bombing and strafing missions during the European invasion. In1945, then Major Gates returned to the USA to finish his degree in industrial administration and engineering at Yale.

After graduation Richard, his brother Franklin and an associate Howard Smith, founded the Smith-Gates Corporation to manufacture wire and cable products (mainly telephone coil cords in 25 colors), and military specialty cables. Later, Smith-Gates acquired Adirondac Wire and Cable and Crescent Manufacturing companies, as part of its plan for growth. Richard and his wife Joanne were interested in philanthropy and so founded the Jodik Foundation to support local non-profit projects throughout the Greater Hartford area. Some 20-plus years after its inception they decided to dissolve the foundation and the final assets were split between two capital projects which were the Bushnell's Belding Theater acoustical system and the construction of the educational-kitchen wing at the Noah Webster House in West Hartford.

He retired from active employment in 1985 to spend more time with his wife Joanne whom he had married in 1946. Together, they had four daughters, followed by seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Richard was a long time member of First Church of Christ in West Hartford Center, where he served on the Board of Ushers and then became First Deacon during the time when John Webster was senior minister. Richard enjoyed skiing (Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire), sailboat racing (North Haven, Maine), tennis, golf and especially classical music(The Hartford Symphony).

In lieu of flowers kindly send a memorial donation to the Mclean Foundation at 75 Great Pomd Road, Simsbury, CT 06070. For online condolences, please visit

Crescent Manufacturing Participates in CBIA Economic Summit

Originally Posted January 2011

Steve Wilson, Crescent's Chairman, asks newly elected Governor Malloy a question about Steve Wilson of Crescent Manufacturing at the CBIA 2011 Economic Summit - Photo by Jane Bostonregulations in the State of Connecticut. In the foreground is Dick Hrinak, Crescent's President.

This summit is a large annual event with hundreds of business and political leaders in attendance including numerous media outlets.

This was Governor Malloy's first public appearance following his inauguration.


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Photo Credit to Jane Boston - Photo of Steve Wilson

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and his Staff visit Crescent Manufacturing

Originally Posted January 18, 2011

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and his Staff visited Crescent Manufacturing on January 18, 2011, as reported in the Register citizen on January 19, 2011. This was Senator Blumenthal's second visit to Crescent Manufacturing. Senator Blumenthal previously visited Crescent while he was attorney General of Connecticut. The January 18th visit included detailed discussions about creating conditions to facilitate job growth in both Connecticut and the United States. Accompanying him was Kevin Mullane, Chief of Policy, and Richard Kehoe, Head of Connecticut Operations.

Crescent Manufacturing: Proudly Made in the USA

By Kimberly Ellert Guerrette

Article from the Spring 2010 edition of Distributor Link Magazine




Rural America = Crescent Manufacturing

Crescent resides at 700 George Washington Turnpike, Burlington, Connecticut, on property purchased from the towns largest landowner, a farmer. Across the street was a small farmhouse with a barn, cows, and that couple you see in the painting, you know the one, she wears the apron, he carries the pitchfork. We see deer grazing in the meadow and wild turkeys wander across the front lawn. George Washington Turnpike is not a big highway, just a secondary road that, being New England, George rode down at some time in his travels. When Crescent came came to Burlington, we were in the industrial park. A small manufacturer in small town America, hiring local people to become skilled fastener makers, producing a product that is proudly made in the USA.


The American Dream = Crescent Manufacturing

A butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker, but in Crescent's case, a real estate agent, an auto mechanic and a dry cleaner got together and decided to make screws. America, the Land of Opportunity, and it was for those men who took the chance and built Crescent 50 years ago. They retired and the next American Dreamers stepped up, and now Dick Hrinak, President, and Steve Wilson, Chairman of Crescent, take the torch to light the entrepreneurial fire. When you think about it, that is what makes America, America. Equal opportunity for all. The World equates America with Big Business, mega companies that employ thousands, but it is really the small companies that provide the majority of jobs and keep the country running. Crescent produces quality fasteners by the millions each year that are shipped to hundreds of distributors across the United States, and shipped around the world, who are also, the most part, small businesses. Each one of those companies most likely started with their own dreamer. Many today are looking  for proudly made in the U.S.A.

Baseball, Apple Pie and the 4th of July= Crescent Manufacturing

Crescent is an All American company. We pride ourselves on the fact that we have only sold American made product throughout our 50 year history. We work to provide our customers with quality they can count on by maintaining certifications with QSLM, ISO 9001:2008, and now, AS9100. We want to be your Boy Scout manufacturer; reliable, trustworthy, and dependable. We know the importers are always going to be offering temptation we can compete with but that's OK, because we can offer something that they cannot: Proudly made in the U.S.A.

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Crescent Turns Golden

Originally posted November 2009

Crescent Manufacturing will celebrate our 50th Anniversary in August 2010. With the start of our new fiscal year, the celebration has been kicked off with a full article in The Distributor's Link magazine, about our history. Written by Kimberly Guerrette, Crescent's Vice President Sales, and daughter to one of the original owners, it is a fun look at how Crescent began, changed, and has grown over the years. Crescent continues to prove that the "American Dream" is still alive and kicking from our beginning and still is today.

Published November 2009 issue of The Distributor Link Magazine 

By Kimberly Ellert Guerrette

On August 26th, 2010, Crescent Manufacturing will reach a milestone for any company, our 50th Anniversary. As the sole employee that has known the company for all those years, I would like to tell our story to commemorate the occasion.

The year was 1960; I was five, when Merwin Ellert (my day), Henry Sneiderman, and Herman Keller purchased Crescent form Mrs. Mildred Tuttle upon her husband's death. Mr. Tuttle operated Crescent from a small two car garage behind his home on Crescent Reservoir, In Southington, CT. The real estate broker, dry cleaner, and auto mechanic, had been lifelong friends and decided this was their opportunity for the "American Dream". Merwin was the salesman, while Henry and Herman would somehow figure out how to make the screws. Mr. Tuttle was little more than a one man show. They found the name of a company called Allmetal Screw Products. Merwin made his first sales call on Moris Epstein who promised him "when you make your screws, I'll give you an order." That's how it all began.

Norman Provencher Quality Control ManagerIn 1967 with three new employees, four headers, three slotters, and five thread rollers, Crescent moved from its present location in Burlington, Connecticut. The entire manufacturing area didn't even take up one-third of the then 15,000 sq. ft. building, but they planned for room to grow. One  of those three employees was Norman Provencher, now Crescent's Quality Manager and our senior employee with 42 years of service. Norm was making great money back then $3.00/hr running ten machines. After a couple of years, he asked if he might have a raise and was told "we can give you another nickel, but you'll to run more machines." Ah the good old days!

In July 1980, it was announced that crescent had been sold to Mr. richard Gates, owner of the Smith-Gates/Adirondack Wire & Cable Co. located in Farmington, Connecticut and the three original partners were retiring. The rest of us all remained in Burlington.

Mr. Richard Hrinak came to Crescent that August. Our favorite story about Dick is his very first day. A faucet had been left on in the wash department, a drain clogged, flooded the floor by Monday morning. dick walked in the shop at 6, ; saw the water, asked who worked over there. When asked to grab some mops, they informed him that wasn't their job. He asked where the time clock was, they pointed, and said "go punch it - you're out of here." He hadn't even been here five minutes. But we all quickly learned his bark was worse than his bite.Dick Hrinak President and Steve Wilson Chairman

It didn't take long for Dick to "grab them by the horns", as he always says, and get Crescent heading in a whole new direction. He began by expanding our line. We went from #00s through #5s to adding #6s through 5/16 parts. We went from an almost total commercial base to military and aerospace parts. More materials were added to cover our ever increasing capabilities. Shank slotted, drilled, and captive parts joined the list that continues to grow, even today almost 30 years later.This past year, we purchased more heading equipment to manufacture parts up to 3" long. Back in the 60s, we had a 1" capability. That 15,00 sq. ft. facility is now over 19,000 and space is getting tight. Crescent presently has over 85 pieces of manufacturing equipment, with separate shipping and maintenance departments, and employs over 35 people.

There have been those bumps in the road over the years, like today's economy, but with the diversity that Dick brought to Crescent and our quality reputation growing throughout the industry, we manage to keep a steady course. We began doing trade shows and advertising in Distributor's Link. The word has been getting around this company that we manufactured miniature screws. I remember exhibiting at the very first National Industrial Fastener Show in Columbus, Ohio. Crescent was there much to the dismay of some of our customers. I recall being told, "What are you doing here? You're my secret weapon!! We don't want our competitors finding out about you!!". But find out about us they did. Our customer base swelled from a couple hundred to over 900. From finding the name of one distributor in a pile of old paper work to customers all over the world.

In 1984 Mr. gates sold his other holdings and kept Crescent along with Dick, President andRick Green CFO Mr. Richard Green, CFO, as stockholders. 2005 brought the most recent change to Crescent. Mr. Steve Wilson, now Chairman, found Crescent to be that small company he was looking to buy, right when they were looking to sell.Steve saw the potential that Crescent has with our ever evolving plan. Dick and Rick continue with Crescent, along with all the people you have come to know. We have many long term employees, most with over ten years of service and experience. Our sales department consisting of Marion Lederman (30 years), Ginger Doherty (11 years), and aron Stevenson (3 years). Their knowledge of our product and manufacturing capabilities are at your disposal. Bruce Penn (30 years), VP of Manufacturing, works with Aron to get your orders out on time - at least most of the time.

Well I hope you have enjoyed this small glimpse of Crescent Manufacturing, a company I have known all my life, and worked for the last 31 years. We hope you will continue to think of Crescent for all your fastener requirements sizes 00 through 5/16s. Remember, we cover lengths from 1/16 to 3". We still provide commercial parts as well as our extensive line of military and aerospace products. Crescent's reputation for quality is backed by our continuing commitment to maintain our QSLM CL2A & CL3A, ISO 9001/2000, and under construction, our AS9100 certification. We support our customers' needs by offering parts that are DFARS, ROHS, & REACH compliant. NADCAP compliance is available upon request.

In 2007 we became ITAR registered. Throughout these almost 50 years, we have continued to maintain our 1,000 piece minimum and have tried to stock the most demanded parts for a quicker delivery. Please visit our website at for all our latest capability information. We update our stock availability weekly and our military parts list keeps growing. It has been a pleasure to service all of you this last half century. Crescent strives to continue our present relationships and hops to get to enjoy the excitement of many new ones as we grow into the future.

Crescent Attains AS9100 and ISO9001: 2008 Certification

Originally Posted November 2009


Crescent Manufacturing has attained new certification to the AS9100 and ISO 9001: 2008 Quality Management Systems. New certificates should be available by the end of November when our present ISO certification expires. After several months of reworking our ISO 9001: 2000 system we passed our Audit at the end of October with what we felt like was "flying colors". A score of 91.7% on our first audit to this level was considered outstanding .

In our continual effort to meet the requirements of our distributor customer base, Crescent made the decision to advance our Quality System beyond just the ISO requirements to the AS9100. Many customers had approached us regarding this change and Crescent rose to the occasion again. It is our operating philosophy that we have been able to maintain our growth over the years through our partnership with our customers. Crescent has expanded our product line and Quality standards in a effort to provide a trusted source for our customers to remain competitive in the various fastener markets.

Please feel free to contact any of our Sales Associates if you will be requiring a copy of our new Certifications. They can be faxed or emailed as soon as we receive them.

Crescent Presented With Distinguished Business Award

Originally Posted April 2009


Burlington, CT

On April 9, 2009, Crescent Manufacturing was awarded the "Distinguished Business Award for 2009" by the Burlington, CT Chamber of Commerce.

Crescent has been one of only a handful of manufacturing companies in Burlington since 1967. Over the past 40 plus years the company has employed many of the town's residents and has been a source of support for community activities.

The company's property has been made available for town parades, fire department benefits, the town's annual "Tavern Day" historic re-enactment, and even the Lion's Club carnival.

Crescent participated in the initial development of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce and was glad to assist the local consumer businesses get it started.

Crescent Manufacturing was represent at the awards dinner by Steve Wilson, Chairman; Dick Hrinak, President; Rick Green, Chief Financial Officer, Bruce Penn, VP Manufacturing; and George Lamoureux, Factory Supervisor.

The Company was honored to be recognized for such an award and felt humbled by it.

Crescent thanks the Burlington Connecticut Chamber of Commerce and those that nominated Crescent Manufacturing for the honor and the award.

Crescent Manufacturing Compliance News

Originally Posted January 2009

New Compliance Requirements

Over the course of this past year more environmental compliance regulations have been brought to Crescent's attention with inquires regarding our adherence. Crescent has been compliant with the ROHS, ELV, AND WEEE directives since 2005. Three other mandates, mainly associated with the EU (European Union) are listed below.

-Compliance to the PFOS Directive Including PFOA

Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid and the related compound perfluoro-octanoic acid are both substances that Crescent has no association with in any of our products or outside processes. There are mainly related to the textile industry and have no connection to our fastener products.


-Compliance with Halogen Free Mandate

This mandate is not applicable. We manufacture nothing that would contain halogen, chlorine, or bromine.


-Compliance with the New European ?REACH? Regulation

Crescent's product only fall under the "articles" category. We do not presently use any of the substances on the Potential Substances of Very High Concern list and do not anticipate that any substances likely to be included will pertain to Crescent either. We have no articles with Intended Release. Please be advised that after several REACH seminars, it has been determined that Crescent will not have to register related to our product. For more information, please read our REACH Compliance press release.


Compliance with Halogen Free Mandate

This mandate is not applicable. We manufacture nothing that would contain halogen, chlorine, or bromine.



Crescent Announces Compliance with the New European Union? REACH? Regulation

Originally Posted 2008


Burlington, Connecticut

Crescent Manufacturing announces their compliance with the new European R.E.A.C.H. regulation.

"R.E.A.C.H.", the Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of CHemicals was created to evaluate suspicious chemicals and provide an information database. The new regulation became effective June 1, 2007 and concerns companies or customers who export to the European Union.

REACH will be administered by the ECHA, European Chemical Agency currently located in Helsinki. ECHA is responsible for the management of the REACH database required to operate the system. The first phase of the eleven year plan is to register manufacturers inot their database system by December 1, 2008.

ECHA will co-ordinate the in-depth evaluation of any suspicious chemicals and run a public hazardous information database for consumers and professionals. There are many different aspects to this regulation but the one that is most telling is whether your product is a"substance", a "preparation", or an "article". They are looking for chemicals that can be released into the air. There is a list of "potential substances of very high concern" that addresses those chemicals that are being banned. Information regarding REACH can be found at

For businesses exporting to the E.U, R.E.A.C.H. will be reaching out to touch you. Crescent Manufacturing recommends that exporters familiarize your company with the regulations of R.E.A.C.H. Crescent Manufacturing has attended some seminars about the R.E.A.CH. compliance requirements and has been contacted by distributors who export to the E.U.

Crescent's fastener products fall under the "Articles" category. Crescent Manufacturing does not use any of the substances on the "Potential Substances of Very High Concern" list, nor any substances that are likely to be included as REACH continues to take hold. Crescent does not have any articles with "INTENDED RELEASE". Crescent has a regulation compliance letter available to any of our customers requiring a written statement. This letter also includes our compliance with ROHS, ELV, WEEE, the PFOS & PFOH Directives, and the Halogen Mandate. If there is some other regulation that we have not covered, please feel free to contact us via E-mail -, or Fax 860-673-5973.


Crescent Manufacturing is a commercial fastener manufacturing company which supplies general and custom fasteners to distributors for a variety of industries including the aerospace and military markets.

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