Thank You to Our Loyal Customers
As we reflect on 2018 and focus on what lies ahead for 2019, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for making 2018 another fantastic year. We are fortunate to be able to contribute to the resurgence in American manufacturing that is occurring throughout the United States. We are thankful that you have trusted us to partner with you, and we hope that we have contributed as much to your success as you have contributed to ours.
Plans are underway to add 9,250 square feet to our existing 85,000-square-foot manufacturing and galvanizing facility. The existing steel storage racks at the west end of our building will be repositioned, more racks will be added, and a bay door will be implemented allowing flat beds delivering round bar to pull all the way through our facility after unloading.
In 2018, we explained the difference between ASTM A193 and F593 stainless steel bolts, discussed the changes in A325 and A490 bolts now that they have been incorporated within the new F3125 specification, and outlined our policy on honoring price quotes for an extended period of time. The FAQ section of our website provides a wealth of technical fastener information explained in layperson terms.
For the must-know information on anchor rods and ASTM A320 bolts, 2018 brought you our new specialized websites: anchorrods.com and A320bolts.com. Keep your eyes open for two new microsites currently in development: galvanizedbolts.com and F3125bolts.com.
2018 promises to deliver even more new content, so when you need technical expertise for the fastener industry, visit us at www.portlandbolt.com.
Each year we endeavor to improve and expand what we believe to be the most comprehensive and educational construction fastener website in the industry. In 2018 we added 41 new frequently asked questions, 36 new featured projects, and 2 new specialized websites.
In 2018, our team answered 41 new Frequently Asked Questions, bringing the total number of FAQs in the most comprehensive technical construction fastener database found online to an incredible 321! These common questions asked of our sales team explain technical aspects of the construction fastener industry so they can be understood by anyone from an experienced engineer to a purchasing agent who rarely buys bolts.
The most popular FAQs from 2018 were:
- How long will Portland Bolt honor pricing on a quote?
- How have A325 bolts changed under the new F3125 specification?
- Comparison between ASTM A193 and ASTM F593 stainless steel bolts
In 2018, our sales team added 36 project summaries to the 296 total projects featured on our website. These featured projects contain a description of the project, a listing of the bolts we manufactured for the project, and photographs from before, during, or after construction.
These write-ups demonstrate the broad range of industries, locations, and bolts and fasteners used. Are you working on a similar project, need similar bolts, or working in the same region as one of our featured projects? If so, contact us to explore how we might be able to assist you!
Some of our favorite projects from 2018 were:
- Fadhili Gas-Fired CHP Plant in Al Jubail, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia
- Hayward Field in Eugene, OR
- Moffett Towers in Sunnyvale, CA
In addition to our flagship website, www.portlandbolt.com, Portland Bolt operates 17 specialized websites. Each website has been created and is managed by one of our 11 salespeople. Each salesperson possesses expertise centered around the specialized content these diverse sites contain.
- All Thread Rod by Kailey Tillman
- F1554 Anchor Bolts by Kyle Pettijohn
- A325 Bolts by Anthony Porreco
- A193 Bolts by Kailey Tillman
- A320 Bolts by Jim Truong
- Galvanized Anchor Bolts by Gary Rusynyk
- Marine Construction Bolts by Mike Monlux
- Pole Line Fasteners by Anthony Porreco
- Headed Anchor Bolts by Michael Gordian
- Anchor Bolt Sleeves by Kyle Pettijohn
- Light Pole Anchor Bolts by Kailey Tillman
- Shear Plate Connectors by Nate Erde-Wollheim
- Tie Rod Assemblies by Steven Wallenstein
- Highway Barrier Pins by Anthony Porreco
- Split Ring Connectors by Nate Erde-Wollheim
- Anchor Rods by Anthony Porreco
- Northwest Bolt & Nut
In 2019, we intend to launch several new microsites with extensive content related to common ASTM fastener specifications and various types of construction fasteners. We will promote these websites in upcoming newsletters, so stay tuned!
In 2018, Portland Bolt made 10,016 separate shipments of nonstandard anchor bolts and construction fasteners to all corners of the earth. Our interactive Shipment Destination Map will show you them all.
Our internet presence and our reputation have worked together to expand our global reach and allowed us to evolve from a regional supplier to a worldwide manufacturer of anchor bolts and construction fasteners. In 2018, Portland Bolt shipped a total of 86 international orders (excluding Canada) destined for 40 different countries.
2018 provided us with an opportunity to partner with 2,498 unique companies spanning a variety of different industries and covering the entire globe.
The initial reaction of many prospective customers is that our location in Portland, Oregon must limit our ability to participate in projects in the eastern part of the country. Fortunately, these numbers demonstrate otherwise. In 2018, on 1,542occasions East Coast companies chose Portland Bolt to supply fasteners due to a combination of our outstanding service, superb quality, fast delivery, and competitive price. These statistics clearly demonstrate that no project is too far away for Portland Bolt to be considered for the project.
- 1,542 Eastern time zone shipments.
- 1,144 Central time zone shipments.
- 784 Mountain time zone shipments.
- 5,414 Pacific time zone shipments.
- 134 Alaskan shipments.
- 175 Hawaiian shipments.
In 2018, Portland Bolt shipped over one order per working day to Canada on average. We continue to overcome the challenges of customs clearance and an unfavorable exchange rate, proving to be a viable option on Canadian projects requiring large, nonstandard bolts.
In 2018 we shipped to 11 Canadian provinces and territories. We even managed to ship to Prince Edward Island for the very first time!
In 2018, Portland Bolt shipped a whopping 6,338,159 pounds of custom anchor bolts and nonstandard construction fasteners to companies worldwide!
11 – Number of full-time salespeople employed by Portland Bolt. We added Angela and Dan to the team on January 8th. We stagger our lunch times so that we always have someone available to work up a quick quote, answer technical questions, handle a live chat, or process your order.
117 – Number of years of combined sales and estimating experience at Portland Bolt.
50 – Number of employees at Portland Bolt working in manufacturing, shipping, and the office. Each well-trained employee possesses a unique skill set and works together to ensure you receive quality products delivered on time.
6 – 5 – Business hours: 6:00 am – 5:00 pm Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. Extended hours allow us to service our numerous East Coast customers.
85,000 – The size, in square feet, of our manufacturing and hot-dip galvanizing facility. 2019 will bring an expansion to 94,000 square feet!
12 x 4 x 7 – The length, width, and depth in feet of our hot-dip galvanizing tank that is specifically designed to process threaded fasteners.
18 – Number of individual websites owned and operated by Portland Bolt, many of which deal with specialized industries, products, or specifications.
3 – Number of live video feeds that show in real time our sales office, shipping dock, and galvanized product assembly area.
2+ – New educational websites planned for 2019!
And the winners are…
After 14 weeks, the 2018 Portland Bolt NFL Survivor Pool has ended. This year’s contest ended in a 5-way tie. Congratulations to Matt, Pete, Dylan, Brent, and John. Each winner received an $80 Amazon gift card, an engraved trophy, a Portland Bolt jacket, and a tape measure.
Thank you to those who participated and keep an eye out for our NCAA Basketball March Madness Bracket Challenge coming up in a couple of months!