2015 marks Stage 8 Locking Fastener’s 30th anniversary of building the world’s best locking fasteners for a myriad of industries including automotive, industrial, railroad and military.
Since 1985, Stage 8 has consistently delivered measurable increases in equipment reliability and safety as well as dramatic reductions in maintenance costs and equipment failures, especially for the most critical fastener applications.
In fact, over the past 30 years, Stage 8 has installed more than 17 million locking systems, without a single reported failure.
Bruce Bennett founded Stage 8 after the bolt holding the header of his Harley Davidson Shovelhead kept failing. He discovered a simple but innovative fix: lay a locking wrench, called a retainer, on to a grooved head of a bolt, which will lock it down and prevent it from working loose when the machine vibrates or when the metal heats and cools.
After seven failed designs, Bennett perfected his idea and Stage 8 was born.
Stage 8 currently has more than 78 patents and trademarks, issued or applied for.
“We look forward to continuing to provide the industries we serve with the best, most reliable technology and second-to-none customer service for the next 30 years and beyond,” Stage 8’s Robert Ahern said.
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