Fastenal Museum to Showcase Humble Beginnings
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On Nov. 28, 1967, a small hardware store opened for business at 69 Lafayette St. in downtown Winona. Now, 50 years later, Fastenal is a Fortune 500 company and the largest fastener distributor in North America, supplying nuts, bolts, screws and more to residents of Winona and people of Taiwan. Winonans are invited to see the old brick store where it all started, now a museum filled with stories and artifacts from the earliest days of Fastenal.
The museum is currently open to the public at no cost. Visitors can see a prototype of founder Bob Kierlin’s creative but unsuccessful hardware vending machine, a recreation of a typical Fastenal branch circa the early 1980s, and a lineup of some of the strangest fasteners and components the company has ever produced.