All great companies start out with an idea and a plan, and ours isn’t any different. Three decades ago, our president and founder David M. Lack, was working at his father’s machine shop. His father was looking towards retirement and David and his brothers made decisions on their own futures. David saw a need in the Lehigh Valley for an industrial fastener business. Starting out of his garage with his wife and good friend as his co-workers, he began Associated Fasteners, Inc. In January, 1981 the 26 year old Lack and his wife incorporated Associated Fasteners, Inc. With the help of a low-interest loan from the Northampton County Industrial Development Authority, Lack started the business and put up the original building. The original building was completed in June of 1981 and an addition completed in January of 1985. Lack and his staff looked to provide the growing Lehigh Valley area with a reasonably priced local source for industrial fasteners.
Building on the philosophy of good service Lack added more personnel and expanded his stock. Thirty years later, the company continues to grow in customers, its staff and product. The product line now includes safety supplies, janitorial supplies, VMI, bin restocking, kits and much more.
The machine shop originally was put into service to make “specials” and has grown to include a CNC, computerized machine to make larger quantities of specialized pieces.
Through the years, the industry has expanded and so have the needs of our customers. In an ongoing effort to meet and exceed our customer needs, we have grown in our services and product line. The Lack’s son after receiving his business degree, joined the Associated team as General Manager.
As any good established company, Associated continues to plan for the future. A new packaging machine, more employees and new product lines to meet our customer needs are in the near future.
One thing that will not change is the original dedication to service to our customers. That founding philosophy endures.
In an article from The Morning Call, January 22nd 1984 featuring the young David Lack and his new business, Lack attributes his success, ironically, to the competition "making it tough on us" and to friends and associates predicting that his business would not survive. "Before the doors even opened, they told me I was going to lose," says Lack. "That made me determined not to."
Thirty years later, Associated Fasteners, Inc. President David Lack has proved that dedication, hard work and a determination to succeed wins out.