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SPAX and TRUFAST manufacturer celebrates 200 years

Altenloh, Brinck & Co. (ABC), the manufacturer of the SPAX screw and TRUFAST fastener, is celebrating two centuries of existence.

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Altenloh, Brinck & Co. (ABC), the manufacturer of the SPAX screw and TRUFAST fastener, is celebrating two centuries of existence.

ABC was officially established on September 8, 1823, by five founding fathers, Daniel Altenloh, Theodor Altenloh, Wilhelm Brinck, Franz Riecke, and Johann Wellershaus. Founded in 1823 in the town now known as Ennepetal, Germany, ABC was the first in that country to produce screws on an industrial scale and looks back on a long tradition dedicated to innovative progress.

In 1967, ABC revolutionized the screw market with the launch of the premium fastener brand, SPAX. Today, SPAX continues to be seen as a premium, cutting-edge screw manufactured at both ABC facilities located in Germany and the USA with global impact. Fueled by its huge success, ABC established various subsidiaries and locations all over the world between 1986 and 1996, thus extending its international reach even further.

Nikolas Dicke, great-great-great-grandson of co-founder Daniel Altenloh and current CEO of Altenloh, Brinck, & Co. Group, states “The entrepreneurial spirit of the 5 founding members of our company lives on in the organization today. Each member brought a skillset and a strength to the group; coupled with significant drive and determination, their idea came to life and grew into what is now a global leader in fastener manufacturing. We are excited to see the company grow and evolve in the years ahead.”

Jason Beals, CEO of ABC US, states, “Building on 200 years of global excellence, Altenloh, Brinck & Co. US proudly looks to continue the significant growth that has defined our organization since the US operations began as TRUFAST in 1981. Our exceptional team will continue this growth in the coming years and decades by delivering better products and services, through our valued customer relationships, that fasten the framework of our communities. While our products will continue to evolve and our teams expand, our passion of building opportunity through growth will remain steadfast.” ABC US is headquartered in Bryan, OH., with a satellite office in Grand Rapids, MI. Local leadership and involvement in local communities is integral to the U.S. operations.

Celebrating 200 Years
ABC US commemorated two centuries of business by hosting an evening celebration for employees and significant others near the ABC US headquarters in northwest Ohio. The evening consisted of live music, food and drink, and international guests from the holding company’s board of directors and German leadership team.

In addition to the employee celebration, ABC US is sponsoring a 200 Year Anniversary raffle. The raffle will feature several prize packages and will include several SPAX fastener assortment kits. The raffle will kick off on July 1, running for approximately 90 days. Learn more at Be sure to check out the social media platforms for ABC US and its brands (SPAX, TRUFAST, TRUFAST Walls) for raffle updates and chances for additional entries.


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