In Memory of Jack Schlegel
The employees and friends of Century Fasteners Corp. (Elmhurst, NY) are deeply saddened by the recent loss of our founder and current Co-CEO, Jack Schlegel.
Jack started his career in the fastener industry in the 1950’s as a machinist with Allmetal Screw Products. In 1955, in Brooklyn, NY, he founded Century Fasteners Corp., with his partner George Stieglitz, as a small manufacturer and distributor of specialty screws. In 1971, Jack and George expanded the company by opening its first branch location outside of New York. That first branch was in Charlotte, NC, and soon thereafter, a second branch opened in Tampa, FL, in 1974. By the mid 1980’s, the company strictly focused on fastener distribution as the company continued to expand with more branches and regional sales offices across the United States, Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico. Today, Century Fasteners Corp. has 14 stocking locations and over 275 employees.
Jack always credited his wife, Stacy, as the inspiration for his taking the plunge and starting his own business. The early years are remembered as days of working long hours, delivering the highest quality products, providing excellent customer service and striving to be the best in the business.
This business approach has been meticulously followed for the last 15 years by Jack’s son-in-law, Co-President Tom Brodsky, along with Co-President Evan Stieglitz, the son of George Stieglitz, Co-CEO. Tom and Evan had already been setting the direction and strategic growth of the company during this period and will continue to do so in the future with pride and respect for its employees, customers and vendors.
We honor Jack who made where we stand today possible. He will forever be remembered for his exceptional qualities of fairness, toughness under fire, business brilliance, and love of family, a “family” that includes his employees, some of whom stayed with him for 20-30-40 years.