Reed & Prince was founded by Edgar Reed in 1886 in a small shop on Tainter Street in Worcester, Massachusetts as a manufacturer of tacks, nails and brads. In 130 years, we have evolved into a multi-faceted company designing and engineering precision, custom fasteners. Over those years, we have earned a reputation as an industry leader, developing and manufacturing innovative new products that provide our customers with cost savings, reduced lead times and process enhancements.

Today, as a fourth generation family owned and operated ISO 9001:2000 certified company, we are focused on manufacturing make-to-print, cold-headed fasteners, screws, rivets, pins and studs ranging in diameters from .070” (1.8 mm) to .500” (12.7mm); and lengths from .125” (3.175mm) to 5.00” (127mm). We specialize in converting expensive, complex screw machined products into cost-efficient, cold headed products.

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Did you know?

Reed & Prince Fasteners were in 49% of WWII Aircraft!

History & Innovation

1886

ESTABLISHED
PRODUCTS: TACKS, NAILS & BRADS

1902

INCORPORATED
PRODUCTS: BOLTS, NUTS, & RIVETS

1909

EXPANDED MFG
PRODUCTS: BURRS, RODS, SCREWS, SPECIAL “MAKE TO PRINT” ITEMS & STAMPINGS

1938

BECAME
FIRST SCREW PRODUCER IN WORLD TO PERFECT RECESSED HEAD SCREW

1939

DESIGNED
UNIVERSAL TOOL BIT

1940

PRODUCED
SCREWS & BITS FOR OVER 49% OF AMERICAN AIRCRAFT FLOWN IN WW II

1958

SELECTED
BY BRIGGS & STRATON AS SOLE SOURCE SUPPLIER

1964

PATENTED
BALLISTIC POINT THREADED SELF-TAPPING SCREW FOR METAL TO METAL FASTENER APPLICATIONS

1968

RECEIVED
1ST PLACE AWARD AT NATIONAL HARDWARE SHOW FOR POINT OF PURCHASE DISPLAY POLY-BAG MERCHANDISING SYSTEM

1991

AWARDED
SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR- AUTOMOTIVE CONTROLS CORPORATION

2004

DESIGNED
FASTENER FOR PNEUMATIC ATTACHMENT STEEL DECKING TO STEEL LEDGER

2010

DESIGNED
STAINLESS STEEL PIN FOR DOD MISSILE GUIDANCE SYSTEM

Our competitive edge

There are a lot of companies out there that can sell you fasteners of various sizes, shapes, and tolerances. But if you’re looking for something better, there are three major reasons why you should buy from Reed & Prince:

We design what we make

We have developed our own proprietary engineering design software to evaluate the feasibility of manufacturing your part. This technology verifies critical factors such as:

Which of our 30 production machines is most suitable to cold head and roll form your part?
Do we have the ability to hold the required tolerances?
Can we manufacture the tooling in-house, or do we outsource the tooling?
What are the costs associated with manufacturing the part?

We make what we sell

What sets us apart from many of our competitors is our focus on manufacturing everything we sell. While many companies import their fasteners from overseas, marking them up and reselling them here, we take great pride in manufacturing quality precision fasteners to our clients’ exacting specifications. This enables us to maintain rigid control over quality, reliability, and cost.

We can save you money.

Whether it is converting machined, stamped and cast parts or resourcing existing cold headed parts we can save you money.

Cold heading forms the part by extruding and upsetting a wire slug (cutoff) via a sequence of geometric shapes (progressions) with zero scrap; whereas, screw machining removes anywhere from 40 to 60 percent of the original material. We have a proven track record of converting screw-machined, stamped parts to cold heading resulting in savings of up to 40 percent for the customer.

Cold forming at speeds up to 300 parts per minute is significantly faster than machining generating substantially more production per labor hour.

Our overhead is low so our costs are low. Lean manufacturing and 5S improve efficiencies and reduce waste.

Our stocking programs and our responsive turnarounds allow our customers to lower their inventory costs and reduce their lead times.

As a small business we have the flexibility to make quick decisions. While our competitors are studying options and gaining approvals we can be producing your part. We’re so confident in our ability to deliver a reliable, precision fastener for your specific application, we encourage you to challenge our experienced design and production team with your toughest fastener problem.