60th Anniversary

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For sixty years the family-owned and operated fastener manufacturer has been busy filling orders, growing product lines, adding manufacturing capability, and keeping their loyal customers happy. Get to know the company and you’ll respect the brand.

Kerr Lakeside Inc. has kept their focus through three generations of the Kerr family: manufacturing competitively priced premium quality fasteners, and providing excellent customer service. Hex Socket Screws and Precision-Machined Components are the products the company makes and sells.

A look at the company’s first 60 years shows that they’ve kept moving forward with a focus on product quality, making sound and well-timed business judgments.

In 1945 Charles L. Kerr organized Kraftline Industries, Inc. for the manufacture of a special military fastener. The company discontinued operation after World War II. Mr. Kerr revived Kraftline in January 1947, renaming the company C.L. Kerr Industries, Inc. Lakeside Machine Products Company operated an automatic screw machine products plant in Cleveland at the same time. The two companies, whose products differed from each other, regularly bought and sold product to and from one another. This relationship led to a merger on July 1, 1948 and the new company became Kerr Lakeside Industries, Inc.

Expansion continued for Kerr Lakeside in the 1950s and 1960s as the company increased its land and facilities several times. Operations began at its present location in Euclid, Ohio in 1965. In 1970 Kerr Lakeside added cold heading to its product capabilities.

This was the first of two growth spurts in the seventies, both of which were marked by new machines and larger facilities. Kerr Lakeside moved through the end of the last century and into the new one, increasing the number of standard socket product sizes they make. The customer base for special products also grew—automotive, aerospace, engine, machinery builders, mining equipment manufacturers, and a host of other industries as well.

Dick Kerr and his son, Charlie, have run Kerr Lakeside for the last 30 years. Dick, the current chairman of the ASME/ANSI B18.3 Committee…

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