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9883 North Alpine Road | Machesney Park, IL 61115 | www.fieldfastener.com

The Derry family’s business acumen and ­commitment to their workforce have allowed them to plant deep roots in Rockford. “We were all born and raised here, so Rockford is clearly home,” said Pat Derry. “One of our goals is to be among the premier employers of this area,” said Bill Derry, chairman of Field Fastener. His brother, Jim, is the company president. “We’ve been able to attract and retain the right type of people. It’s been good for us and it’s allowed us to develop this unique culture,” he said. Some of the Derry family businesses include Rockford Process Control, Field Fastener, and Header Die & Tool, Inc.

Field Fastener

Bill and Jim acquired Field Fastener in 1990. “We’re a fastener distributor that specializes in the supply of fasteners and c-commodity or low cost items,” said Bill. Field Fastener’s customers need a steady supply of parts, which the company is able to successfully deliver on time. “We supply all the hardware items needed for their assembly,” he said.

Overall, the business has been progressing without a hiccup. “Our average growth rate for 25 years that we built the business has been 20 percent per year. So, we’ve been pretty effective at gaining market share.” In 2015, Fortune Magazine named Field Fastener the eighth best place to work among small and medium-sized American companies.

A Family That Believes in Community

Pat adds the Derry family is a harmonious one. “We share a value system that involves the way we respect not only each other but the people that work for us,” he said. The Derrys, who supply employment for more than 300 area families, believe in investing in the region with their time as well as ­financial resources. “We all do a significant amount of volunteer work with various local organizations.”