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Name: Donna Best

Title: President

Company: Merit Fasteners Corporation

Location: Longwood, FL

Founded: 1977



Merit Fasteners is nearing its 40th Anniversary. Started in their garage in 1977, Merit is a stocking distributor of industrial supplies and safety products. With over 15,000 line items, their products include everything from nuts, bolts, anchors and bridge supplies to safety equipment.  Merit supplies many local projects with everything from anchors to jon boats along with everything in between.

Merit  Fasteners supplies companies in a variety of industries including manufacturers, theme parks, maintenance and repair, VMI programs, jobsite, projects and venues—their motto is “We Hold Things Together.”

In 2015 Donna Best, a 2nd generation owner of Merit Fasteners, became a ATHENAPowerLink® client and worked very closely with a mentoring panel. The goal was to rebrand Merit Fasteners, and for a full year the company worked on continuous improvement and growth. The outcome was to focus on relocating their Tampa branch; updating their Longwood branch by investing in technology and expanding their reach to include additional product lines to service different industries. Some of the projects Merit Fasteners has been involved with include I-4 Ultimate, Daytona International Speedway, Orlando International Airport, Tampa International Airport, Amway Center and many more. 

They continue to focus on their customer’s needs, improving service and giving back to the community that has given so much to them. With the guidance from ATHENAPowerLink, Merit Fasteners has grown tremendously. The company has more than doubled sales and profits in the last year.


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