Hall Of Fame Inductees

The MFDA inducted its Hall of Fame class of 2017 on Thursday December 7th. The Hall of Fame, which honors those who have made significant contributions to the MFDA and the New York area fastener industry, inducted its inaugural class in 2016.

Hall of Fame Committee Co-Chairs Robin Lieberman (President – MF Supply) and Robert Rundle (R.W. Rundle Associates Inc.), lauded the class of 2017 for having a combined 127 years in the fastener industry. In all three cases, the honorees started on the very bottom rung of their companies, and through hard work and perseverance, have achieved success both in the industry, and beyond.

 The Class of 2017 is:
Bill Fivehouse (Star Stainless Screw Co) –Bill started at Star as a 16 year old part-time worker in the summer of 1976. He was hired to a fulltime position, and over the next 41 years worked his way from the warehouse, to the sales desk, and to management, where he now server as Star’s Operations Manager. Bill said of his journey “One of my greatest joys is helping new employees find their way in our industry, and helping them grow into the next group of industry leaders”.

Chuck Halpin (Brighton-Best International) – A three time MFDA president, Chuck also started as a part-time worker in the warehouse so he could help pay for college. It was after a promotion to Carlstadt NJ Branch manager that Chuck was introduced to the MFDA where he was on the board for nearly 20 years. Chuck is currently on the board of NFDA and the MAFDA (which he helped co-found after a promotion to the Philadelphia area), but told the MFDA membership “my roots will always be with the Metropolitan Association”.

Doug Thonus (Fastar Inc) – After leaving active service in the Army, Doug started a long career in the fastener industry in 1967 at the Atlantic Spring Pin Company. Stops along the way included Rexnord, United Products, Anderton-United, and Precise Products. In 1998 Doug left Precise and founded Fastar Inc. in Tallman NY. Doug was chairperson of the MFDA’s Toys for Tots drive for its first fifteen year and served three terms on the board of the MFDA. He also serves as the association’s unofficial historian.

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