D&S Industrial Fasteners celebrates opening of first storefront to serve potential customers
US D&S Industrial Fasteners, a Pittsburgh-area distributor of fasteners, safety equipment, chemicals, power tools, and industrial products, announced recently the grand opening of the company’s first retail storefront in Washington, Pennsylvania (USA)
The new store, located on Jefferson Avenue near the Interstate 70 off-ramp, has been officially opened with a two-day celebration. On both of the two opening days, the event will feature hourly giveaways as well as informative, in-store demonstrations from the company’s flagship product lines including Brighton-Best, Johnson Level, and Wright Tool.
“This is a tremendous step forward for us,” said Steve Celaschi, D&S Industrial Fasteners’ managing partner. “We have always been primarily a business-to-business company, but the storefront gives us a new way to interact with and serve potential clients.”
For years, D&S Industrial Fasteners has sold products directly to businesses from its Coraopolis, Pa. headquarters. Its customer base has ranged from independent contractors to large multinational firms such as US Steel, Ford Motor Co., and Walmart. In spite of the company’s nearly 20 years in operation, Celaschi said, D&S Industrial Fasteners has never had a showroom or walk-in retail environment until now. Most of the bestselling items in his company’s catalog, Celaschi added, will be available at the Jefferson Avenue location.
The new retail store, Celaschi said, represents an expansion of his company’s business model to one that’s more responsive and more relaxed. “Here,” Celaschi said, “we can encourage interactions with customers in a more informal setting than our offices. It’s a new, but exciting, direction for us.”
Celaschi also noted that, “Having a physical location in a busy part of Washington, right off the main interchange that many of our customers use daily, gives us constant exposure while providing a convenient pick-up point for anyone who needs one of our products right away.”
In addition to fasteners, the company provides safety equipment for the oil and gas industry, chemicals for manufacturing and maintenance shops, and a wide assortment of manual and power tools. Its primary product lines include Brighton-Best, Nucor Fasteners, Star Stainless Screw Company, Winzer, Honeywell, Fibre-Metal, Muck Boot, North Safety Products, 3M, and Yeti.
For the grand opening celebration, Celaschi said, “We’re bringing in some distributors to showcase the many different sides of the company.” He added, “People already know that we provide fasteners and other industrial products; it’s right there in our name. We want this event to appeal to a wider swath of customers who might not know about our selection of power tools, safety gear, equipment, and other consumer goods.”
Founded by Del Celaschi and his sons Steve, Rich, and John, D&S Industrial Fasteners opened as a subsidiary of D&S Hoist and Crane, an overhead bridge crane manufacturing company, in 1998. In 2009, D&S Hoist and Crane and D&S Industrial Fasteners merged with H&K Equipment of Pittsburgh to become part of a corporate family that includes eight companies located across Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York.
In addition to its Coraopolis headquarters, D&S Industrial Fasteners operates distribution facilities in Baltimore, Philadelphia, York, Pa. and Youngstown, Ohio.