Crescent adds New Sales Rep

Originally Posted August 2011

Beginning August 1st, 2011, Crescent has welcomed Todd Walters to our outside Sales Rep Team. Tod comes to Crescent with over 20 years experience in the fastener industry. He will represent Crescent in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. These are new territories for us to have representation in and we are looking forward to a new team member to help expand our business in those areas. If your business is in one of these states, and you would like Todd to stop for a visit, please contact him or Crescent to arrange an appointment.

Please have the "him" link to his information on the rep page if possible.

His information is Todd M. Walter's Territory: Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska Phone: (402) 477-7168 | Fax (402) 477-0517.

Crescent to participate in March 9, 2011 Connecticut Business Day

Originally Posted March 2011

Crescent Manufacturing will be participating in the Connecticut Business Day on March 9, 2011 at the state Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT.

A picture of Steve Wilson, Crescent's Chairman, from last year's event was published in both the Hartford Courant and the New York Times.

The Connecticut Business Day is sponsored by the CBIA and the Connecticut Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

This year, Governor Dannel P. Malloy will be the featured speaker. Crescent Manufacturing is looking forward to hearing the Governor talk about his budget proposal and his vision for Connecticut's future.

Connecticut business owners are urged to attend the half-day event from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. without breakout sessions for:

  • Tax and Fiscal Policies: Welcoming Business, Creating Jobs
  • Labor issues: Beyond Salary--The Real Cost of a Job in Connecticut
  • Energy and Environmental Policies: Striking a Delicate Balance
  • Small Business Initiatives: How the State can Help Small Businesses Thrive

Crescent Manufacturing looks forward to meeting other Connecticut employers at the event. To find out more about registering for this FREE event to call CBIA's Adam Ney at 860-244-1933.

Recognized by the USA Department of National Defense

Originally Posted March 2011

Recognized as a Patriotic Employer

Steve Wilson of Crescent Manufacturing

Steve Wilson of Crescent Manufacturing is recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

In March of 2011, Crescent Manufacturing received an award from the United States of America Department of National Defense for contributing to national security and protecting the liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America's national Guard and Reserve Force.

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.

For more information about our precision fasteners, call 1-800-673-2591



Call Crescent Manufacturing the fastener experts!


For over 50 years Crescent Manufacturing has been supplying fasteners and miniature screws through domestic and international distributors.

Our custom fasteners and stock fasteners have been used in a wide variety of industries: electronics, automotive, computer technologies, aerospace, military, marine, aeronautics, telecommunications, consumer products, industrial products, medical equipment and much more.

If you need fasteners right away, check our fasteners in inventory. Our stock of fasteners includes DFARS, AN, MS, NAS, Commercial, Kwik Thred, Metric, a Stocking Program and miscellaneous precision fasteners and components. more about our Golden Anniversary.


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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.