About a Book

Originally Posted March 2015

By Jim Speck

With the publication of the second edition of Mechanical Fastening, Joining and Assembly by Taylor & Francis, Mike McGuire asked me a very good question recently -- why? It is a question I had asked Mike many years ago, when he mentioned he was starting a fastener magazine, and would I write an article for it. I have always been an avid reader. Writing followed all of that reading. But to answer the question directly. I look to fastener manufacturing.

Whenever I wanted to learn about tool steels, metal forming or thread forming screw threads, there was usually a book to be found that increased my knowledge I could learn on my own. Technical books have always been a great resource, whenever I had an application engineering problem to solve. After eight formative years in the business, I accepted an application engineering position with Crescent Manufacturing in Burlington, CT. Established in 1960, it had been owned by three partners, who for twenty years poured heart and soul into Crescent to grow the company. Having sold the business and retired, it was under new leadership of Dick Hrinak, with a knowledgeable and skilled sales and manufacturing team. Those were a technically charged and exhilarating times.

I wrote the first edition of Mechanical Fastening during those years. Mike's magazine, American Fastener Journal had taken off. Led by Dick, Crescent had too. Articles I wrote for AFJ were often driven by projects in the works.

Writing is a solitary pursuit, with an interesting lag effect. An article written for the magazine might not appear in print for months, long after the driving force had shifted. Articles were a page or two, and writing them was like talking shop. That first edition of Mechanical Fastening amplified the lag effect. However, even with the Fastener Fundamentals materials I taught in workshops included, some of the material's soul was lost. After publication, I started work on the second edition. Many of the notes and ideas for it were written and then filed away as time and life had other plans.

Contemplating the future a few years ago, I saw this second edition as a job not yet complete. I wanted to give back something for all those authors whose books on tool steels, heat treating , corrosion, and hundreds of other fastener related topics I had found so helpful. I started writing this edition -- with focus. I've written as well as I know how. I hope it reads as if you and I were talking. My wish is to provide a book on fastening that is reader-friendly, and include information to help grow knowledge and skills in handling and solving problems.

Preparing to leave full time employment, I started driving one evening with no idea where to go. Without thinking, I found myself driving up to Burlington and crescent Manufacturing. The new owner, Mr. Steve Wilson is a wonderful steward of the business. A new building was topped out and being finished. On a subsequent visit for this article, I learned that their range is now from #000 - 3/8", with lengths to 3 inches. I want to thank Kim Guerette, whose Dad was one of the original owners, and Steve Wilson for their input on this article. I've been blessed with the friendship of great people and known the satisfaction of good work. It is hoped that this second edition reflects this, provides useful fastener information for a new generation, and honors all who work hard to build good businesses.

 

About the Author

The article "About a Book" was written by Mr. Jim Speck for the "American Fastener Journal". Jim Speck was the Vice President of engineering and Marketing for Crescent Manufacturing's twenty years. Jim is currently completing the second edition of "Mechanical Fastening, Joining and Assembly" by Taylor and Francis.

Crescent receives 2015 ITAR registration compliance

Originally Posted November 2014

ITAR

International Traffic in Arms Regulations

Crescent Manufacturing is ITAR registered.

Since 2007 Crescent Manufacturing has been officially ITAR registered with the United States Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Directorate of defense Trade Controls, Office of defense Trade Controls Compliance & Registration Division.

 

Following is the Nov. 2018 ITAR registration compliance letter.

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Video slideshow update on expansion progress

Originally Posted October 2014

Update on the Crescent Manufacturing Addition Video Slideshow

October 2014

 

Here is the latest video update on the expansion project.

The work on the expansion of the facility is moving along. Currently, Crescent is:

  • Completing a roof for our newly expanded loading dock
  • Completing an interior maintenance facility and a second floor general purpose room both inside of the new expansion
  • Completing electrical work
  • Installing a heating system inside of the new expansion
  • Installing a fire and security in the new expansion

We should be completed about the end of October which coincides with the end of Crescent's fiscal year.

 

View all videos of the progress in our YouTube Playlist

 

The Big and Small of Crescent Manufacturing

Originally Posted September 2014

 

Over the years Crescent has continually tried to offer what our customers have asked us for, which is usually fasteners that they have difficulty finding. So, once again you have asked and we have tried to accommodate your requests.

 

The Big

A few years ago, we purchased two 3/8 headers for the purpose of expanding our fastener offerings include lengths up through 3" and a wider selection of shouldered or grip parts. We had no intent of increasing our size range past the 5/16 diameter parts we have been manufacturing for years.

However, customers starting commenting about the difficulty they were having in sourcing small quantities of 3/8 diameter parts. Well, we had the machines, so why not? Military, Commercial, or Special Engineered. Crescent now will manufacture as few as our standard 1,000 piece minimum up to millions of 3/8 size fasteners. Materials presently available are 302ss, 1018, 4037, 8740 steels and brass but we are certainly willing to quote whatever your need.

 

The Small

Our latest machinery addition at Crescent are two bench headers that are now allowing us to provide even smaller sizes than the 00s we have always offered. This means we can now provide our customers  with parts as small as .020in diameter which covers 000 and M1.2 fasteners as well as rivets. Theses are available in all our standard materials but all inquiries are welcome. Crescent's expansion into micro world of fasteners is something we have looked at fora while.With these machines the door has been opened to many more possibilities, which gives us the opportunity to offer our customers alternative domestic sourcing for micro fasteners.

 

The Possibilities

Crescent has always offered our customers the ability to purchase as few as 1000 pieces of whatever we manufacture. Military parts, Standard parts, Specially Engineered parts, one thousand pieces to millions of pieces manufactured by Crescent in the United states. But.... have you thought of us for prototype development?

We have over 50 years of cold heading, head and shank slotting, and roll thread forming experience at your disposal. we are hands on,  machine savvy, and open to helping you develop the part your customer needs for the job. Our loyalty to our distributors has always assured them that we can work together, with the end user, to get them that part. So now 000 to 3/8, M1.2 to M10, a 1/16 to 3" are all possible with the help form your trusted source -- Crescent Manufacturing.

 

.....And The Possibilities to Expand

6300 square-feet of new building has added to Crescent with room for another 6000 square-foot second level for the future. We have burst at the seams and out popped an addition. Our new building will house our raw material and our expanded Maintenance Department. We not only maintain our machinery but we also have the knowledge, resources and the ability to rebuild it. With maintenance in the new building, we will be able to expand our Quality and Shipping Department. More space means a greater ability to offer scheduling services to our customers and a staging area for customer weekly shipments. Crescent Manufacturing offers you, the customer, other possibilities, just let us know what they should be. Your trusted fastener source for over 50 years.

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Crescent Manufacturing expansion under way

Originally Posted July 2014

by Sloan Brewster, Senior Staff Writer for The Valley Press - July 10. 2014

BURLINGTON, CT --- The expansion at Crescent Manufacturing in Burlington has begun.

"Site work for the project began about six weeks ago", said company owner Steve Wilson in an interview July 2. The project should be complete in about eight weeks.

"A 1,000 square-foot  garage on the property was removed and will be replaced with a 6,000 square-foot addition. There will also be a 30-foot connector to the current building and a 1,000 square-foot mezzanine that can be added on to in the future", Wilson said.

"The prefabricated building, which was made to the company's specifications by NUCOR in Charlotte, N.C., has been delivered via tractor trailer and is in pieces awaiting assembly", Wilson said.

The addition will be primarily be used to store wire, which is currently stored in a public storage warehouse near Bradley International Airport.

"As a result, we're, making trips almost everyday between the airport and Crescent" Wilson said.

The new building will change all that. "It'll help with our logistics, with our planning, control, and it will reduce our costs significantly", Wilson said.

The mezzanine portion of the addition will be used to store files, which, as a manufacturer of parts used in aircraft, the company must keep for at least seven years. Information contained in the records includes the materials used to make each part and every aspect of forming the metal to heat treating.

"We are required by the government to maintain detailed records because of trace ability. If there's an issue with an aircraft, they can trace it to the lot where a part was made", he explained. "We have significant files."

"The fasteners the company makes are used in aerospace, military, industrial and commercial markets", he said.

According to Ginger Doherty, international Sales Manager, there are in many of the products people use on a daily basis.

"We are a major supplier to the aerospace industry, primarily, about 95 percent of our business, and we make screws, so basically every airplane that's in the air has my product in it", she has said. "Lots of cars, every computer, every cell phone."

The company was founded in 1960 by three men with no background in the industry, according to Kimberly Ellert Guerrette. Her father, Merwin Ellert, who was areal estate broker at the time, purchased the company with two partners, one a dry cleaner and the other auto mechanic, from Mildred Tuttle. Tuttle sold the small one-man operation after her husband's death. He had run the operation out of a garage on Crescent Lake in Southington.

In 2005, Wilson purchased the company from a group of shareholders.

New England Fastener Distributor Association Golf Outing

Originally Posted June 2014

Crescent sponsored a hole and participated in the New England Fastener Association's Golf Outing on June 5th.

Crescent was represented by Dick Hrinak- President, Aron Stevenson - Customer Service, Tracey Niksa- Traffic MGR, and Bob Palys- Maintenance Associate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a fun time had by all with a dinner and a raffle that finished off the day.

Announcement- Crescent’s Going Bigger

Originally Posted May 2014

Crescent's Going Bigger

Crescent is now offering 3/8 (M10) size fasteners

After many requests by our customers for a source willing to manufacture small quantities of large fasteners, we have expanded our size range to include 3/8 or M10 diameters in length up to 3".

Minimum quantity 1000pcs AN, MS, NAS, Commercial and Specially Engineered  all available

We have material

We have tooling

PDF Flyer for 3/8 diameter fasteners

We Want Your Orders

Send Us your inquiry TODAY via EMAIL at: sales@crescentmanufacturing.com

OR

FAX: 860-673-5973

2013-2014 ITAR Compliance

Originally Posted November 2013

ITAR

International Traffic in Arms Regulations

Crescent Manufacturing is ITAR registered.

Since 2007 Crescent Manufacturing has been officially ITAR registered with the United States Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Office of Defense trade Controls Compliance, Compliance & Registration Division.

Following is the November 2018 ITAR registration compliance letter

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Crescent Manufacturing seeking town approvals to expand

Originally Posted October 2013

BURLINGTON – Crescent Manufacturing in Burlington is looking to expand its business.

Construction on the project “may start in spring, most likely in spring,” said company owner Steve Wilson. The company is in the process of getting estimates for the work and seeking town approvals.

The plan is to remove a1,000-square-foot garage on the property and replace it with an addition that will be primarily used to store wire.

“Basically, we have an offsite warehouse that we use up by Bradley Airport for our wire that we’d like to bring into Burlington because it would decrease costs and help with our logistics,” Wilson said. “So, we do need the space and that’s the key driver for us behind the expansion. Wire is our major raw material and we use the wire to make a variety of metal fasteners.”

The fasteners the company makes are used in aerospace, military, industrial and commercial markets, he said. According to international sales manager Ginger Doherty, their fasteners are in many of the products people use on a daily basis.

“We are a major supplier to the aerospace industry primarily, about 95 percent of our business, and we make screws, so basically every airplane that’s in the air has my product in it,” she said. “Lots of cars, every computer, every cell phone.”

The company was founded in1960 by three men with no background in the industry, according to Kimberly Ellert Guerrette. Her father, Merwin Ellert, who was areal estate broker at the time, purchased the company from Mildred Tuttle with two partners, one a dry cleaner and the other an auto mechanic.

Tuttle sold the small one man operation after her husband’s death. He had run the operation out of a garage on Crescent Lake in Southington.

Ellert made the first sales call for the new company and was told that when they made their screws, the customer would place an order,Guerrette wrote in an article for the company’s 50th anniversary in 2010.

For the first seven years, the company remained in the small garage and Guerrette remembers spending time there as a child.

“I used to go to work on a Saturday and they’d amuse me, I’d go fishing,” she said. “Then [my dad would] sit me down to sort screws.” Ironically, the plan was that none of the founders’ family members would work for the company.

But after college, she was filling in for someone who was away. At the same time, the business was sold. The new owners kept her on and she has been there ever since.

In 2005, Wilson purchased the company from a group of shareholders.He thinks it was meant to be because of an unlikely connection he had with Dick Gates, who was the principal shareholder when he bought the business.

“Dick Gates’ grandfather was Frederick Taylor Gates. He was born 99 years before me in the same town in upstate New York, so this is like providential,” Wilson said. “[Frederick Taylor Gates] was the person that John D. Rockfeller Sr. relied on. He was his closest and most trusted aid.”