Wilson-Garner is a small family-owned business located in Harrison Township Michigan. We specialize in the manufacture of bolts, screws, and studs in small quantities for small production run and service part applications. Simply put, we will run small quantity jobs that bigger manufacturers won’t touch. We don’t have a set product line that we market. Instead, we manufacture each job to customer requirements. With over 70 years of experience in the fastener industry, we’ve been doing what we do for a very long time, and we’ve got the expertise to show for it.
Wilson-Garner Company was founded in 1948 by George Wilson and George Garner as a partnership in Detroit, Michigan. The new company initially had two other employees, Kay Garner and Ty Pinchback. The company spent its first years as a distributor of cutting tools, die supplies, abrasives, and fasteners. As one might expect from a company headquartered in Detroit, the customer base consisted mostly of automotive OEMs and suppliers. As the business developed and evolved over time, demand increased for special cutting tools and fasteners that were not included in standard product catalogs. In 1957, the company opened a plant in nearby Hazel Park to manufacture small quantities of tools and fasteners.
In 1964, George Wilson and George Garner passed away. Longtime employee Ty Pinchback purchased the company. The Pinchback family continues to own and operate Wilson-Garner to this day.
In 1967, Wilson-Garner received a US patent for the asymmetric place bolt, an improvement over regular self-locking place bolts. (You can read more about place bolts here.) The asymmetric place bolt was approved for use by the Department of Defense. This marked a major milestone for Wilson-Garner, as the company began making parts for the US Government and military OEMs.
1972 brought more milestones as the cutting tool manufacturing plant was moved to Troy, Michigan. Additionally, the Wilson-Garner Cold Form plant was opened up in Harrison Township, Michigan. Before, the company had been making fasteners by purchasing headed blanks from other manufacturers and altering them as necessary. This new plant gave Wilson-Garner the capability to make cold-headed fasteners from scratch.
The last major change occurred in 1995, as the company moved on from the cutting tool business by selling the cutting tool manufacturing plant and distributorship. That same year, Wilson-Garner doubled down on fasteners by expanding the capacity of the Harrison Township Cold Form plant. 2006 saw the company add additional capabilities to the cold form plant. Second and third generation members of the Pinchback family continue to own and operate the business as a manufacturer of small quantities of bolts, screws, and studs.
Thanks for taking the time to read about our company. Wilson-Garner is a small player in a big industry. We got to where we are today by staying true to who we are. We are small and therefore limited in what we can make. There’s lots of types of fasteners that we don’t have the capacity to manufacture. However. What we can do, we do very well, and we’ve been doing it for a long time. A market exists for small amounts of certain types of fasteners, and we’ve staked our claim to that market by consistently providing quality parts and excellent service. Let’s find out if we can help you with your fastener needs. Contact Us with any questions, or submit a Request for Quote. We hope to hear from you.