1948 - The Aero Stop Nut Division of Newark, New Jersey-based Fastener City Inc. is formed to import and distribute all-metal and nylon insert locknuts manufactured by Firth Cleveland Fastenings Limited, a premier fastener manufacturer located in Treforest, Wales. Fastener City was founded by the late Sidney ("Sid) Greendorfer in 1945 and he owned the company until his retirement in 1976.
1966 - Continental Fasteners, Inc. is founded by Theodore ("Ted") Jarman to import nylon insert locknuts from Japan. Located in Niles, Illinois, Continental was the first U.S. stocking distributor of nylon insert locknuts imported from Japan. When the industry moved much of it's manufacturing from Japan to Taiwan, Continental drawings and specifications accompanied the machinery and tooling. To differentiate it's product range, Continental began utilizing the color purple for it's nylon inserts.
1982 - Continental Fasteners is acquired by Leonard ("Lenny") Robinowitz from Kobayashi Metals Limited, based in Osaka City, Japan. Robinowitz is the son-in-law of Sid Greendorfer and he was a Fastener City Division Manager for many years until shortly after the sale of that company to HMW Industries, Inc. in 1976. One week after purchasing Continental Fasteners, Robinowitz hires Marty Schneider as the General Manager.
1987 - Aero Stop Nut is acquired by Lenny Robinowitz from Buffalo, New York-based Schaefer Plumbing Supply Company, Inc. LRG Fastener Corporation is the New Jersey corporation (formed by Robinowitz) which actually purchased both Continental Fasteners and Aero Stop Nut. Following completion of the Aero Stop Nut acquisition, the combined companies begin trading as Continental-Aero.
1998 - Continental-Aero opens stocking warehouses in Santa Fe Springs, California and Arlington, Texas. Bill Giddins joins Continental-Aero as a consultant and then becomes the Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2005 and Acting Senior Vice President (SVP) in 2008.
1999 - Marty Schneider purchases 50% of the common stock of Continental-Aero from Lenny Robinowitz. Then in 2002, Schneider acquired the balance of Robinowitz's common stock and Robinowitz officially retired from his day-to-day involvement with Continental-Aero.
2005 - Kelly Wiechen joins Continental-Aero as the Branch Manager of the Niles, Illinois site and becomes Vice President of Operations (VPO) in 2008.
2006 - Continental-Aero adds 25% more SKU's to it's product line.
2007 - Continental-Aero moves its main shipping and operations to Alsip, Illinois - a 55,000 sqft site that is customer built out for operations. The Niles site remains as the Sales Office and Support Center.
2009 - Bill Giddins (based in Harrison, New Jersey) is named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Kelly Wiechen (based in Alsip, Illinois) is named Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Continental-Aero. Marty Schneider assumes the position of Chairman of the Board.