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Lakeshore Fastener Group Acquires Hodges Fastener Corporation

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Oct 17, 2022 17:00 EDT

The Lakeshore Fastener Group has purchased Hodges Fastener Corporation of Traverse City, MI, to continue its expansion plans in the Midwest.

Founded in 2001, Hodges Fastener Corporation is a respected, woman-owned, business located in Traverse City, Michigan distributing all types of inch, metric, and special fasteners across the state of Michigan. President Ellen Strange and the Hodge’s team have developed impressive customer relationships with many manufacturers and service organizations by providing dependable and reliable service and quality products for over 20 years. Following her father William “Bill” Hodges into the fastener business, Ellen grew up with nuts and bolts and decided to become an entrepreneur after her successful career at a Big Six accounting firm. 

Lakeshore Fastener Group is a member of a family of fastener distributors formed by Kevin Weidinger who is the President of the portfolio. The group operates Great Lakes Fasteners, Nut & Bolt Fastening Solutions and most recently Lakeshore Shore Fastener and Hodges Fastener Corporation. The group is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, with distribution centers in Michigan, Ohio, New York, and Wisconsin. The consortium strives to maintain the distributors’ unique identities within their local communities yet leverage the collective strength and size of the enterprise.  Customers enjoy a vast inventory of standard and special fasteners plus bundled lean production services including kitting, packaging, sub-assembly, and managed inventory programs (VMI). 

Ellen Strange, Hodge’s President said, “Lakeshore Fastener and their people made them the clear choice to continue to serve our loyal customers. The combined organization will help Hodges Fastener Corporation grow to reach its full potential and allow us to offer our customers a broader range of products and services.” 

Kevin Weidinger, President of Lakeshore Fastener Group said, “I had coffee with Ellen about five years ago to discuss possibilities, and its great we are now able to welcome her company to the family. Our plan is to continue the consistent service Hodges clients have come to expect plus present them with the many new products and services that the now combined companies can offer.”  

“I was born and raised in Michigan, so aligning our organization with Hodges seemed like a great way to re-establish ties to the mitten while our enterprise continues our geographic expansion and drive to add talent and introduce new capabilities,” continued Weidinger.

Headquartered in Cleveland (Twinsburg), Ohio – Lakeshore Fastener Group is a full-line fastener distribution company that offers its clients a comprehensive portfolio of standard, metric and made-to-print fasteners, packaging services and innovative inventory solutions. The group maintains a quality management system to the ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100 standards. 

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Source: Lakeshore Fastener Group

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