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1981 FIN – Texas Distributor Changes Involve Pye, Dubose, Heydenreich, McMahon

September 03
00:00 2009

April 1, 1981 FIN – Watt Pye, formerly a vice president of Jack Pye Sales Co., Houston, has established his own company: Watt Pye Co.
Pye told FIN that he is initially concentrating on industrial fasteners and electronic components.
Pye is now acting as sales representative for such companies as the Connector Division of Dial Supply, Grand Prairie, TX; Aluminum Fastener Supply Co. Inc. (aluminum, brass and steel fasteners) Emerson, NJ; Sun Fasteners, North Miami Beach, FL (stainless); Crescent Mfg., Burlington, Conn. (subminiature screws); Specialty Electronic Hardware, Nutting Lake, Mass, a part of Precision Socket Screw (spaces and stand offs for electronic use).
Pye, one of the industry’s top after dinner speakers, is a former president of the Southwestern Fastener Association.
Pye is based at 355 N. Post Oak Lane #643, Houston, TX 77024.

Don Dubose, Eric Heydenreich and Phil McMahon are associated as principles in one old Texas fastener distribution enterprise and one new one. Together they’ve bought Houston’s Southwest Fastener (formerly called Southwest Fastener Services), and also together they have formed Ace Bolt & Screw Co. of El Paso.

Dubose was with Cap Screw & Nut Co. of America in Houston as executive vice president for about a year before leaving to form the new enterprise.
Before Cap Screw, he was with Smith Bolt division of Smith Industries Inc. of Houston. He is president of Southwest Fastener and has been on the National Fastener Distributors Association board.
Eric Heydenreich is the owner of four other fastener distribution companies in Texas: Ace Bolt & Screw Co. of San Antonio, of the Rio Grande Valley and of Laredo; and CC Bolt & Screw Co. in Corpus Christi. He is president of Ace Bolt & Screw of El Paso, the new company. Heydenreich has served on the SFA board.
Phil McMahon, vice president of Southwest Fastener, was the sales manager of Smith Bolt.
The three had formed Armadillo Bolt Inc. as a new company when they decided to go into business together. “The armadillo is awfully popular down here,” Dubose told FIN. “They’re trying to make it the state mammal in place of the longhorn.
There is no formal association among the six companies – those owned by Heydenreich and those owned by the trio – but Dubose told FIN, “if we find we have a surplus of something in one area we would probably sell it to another for a reasonable price. Eventually there might be some sort of joint buying arrangement.”
Business is good in Texas, mostly centered on the petroleum and chemical industries. “We haven’t felt that much of a recession,” Dubose said. ©1981/2009 Fastener Industry News

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