About Us

In January 2013, Dave Schmitting purchased Westby Production Components which was in business for 25 years. Dave changed the name to BDS Fastener & Supply, LLC. BDS is a family owned full line fastener distributor located in Port Washington, WI. While changing the name, the company has not changed its philosophy. BDS still continues to focus on providing superior customer service. We are ISO certified fastener distributor, and provide to our customers, services such as, Vendor Managed Inventory Programs (VMI) for their Class C Commodities, kitting, bagging/custom packaging, and specialty and standard fastener products.

Dave has been in the fastener industry for 36 years. He worked 24 years with a leading Fastener Distributor, during that period of time he held various positions from order puller to operations manager. He gained valuable experience and knowledge during this time. Dave then went to work for a Cold Header manufacturer of fasteners as a Sales Manager for eight years. Dave wanted to get back into fastener distribution and he worked for Westby Production Components for 4 ½ years until he purchased the company.

BDS has a strong presence with customers in the Midwest and more customers all over the United States. The changes in the economy have helped BDS work with many companies. We have customers now located in Mexico, Canada, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland.

We are committed to being more than just a distributor. All BDS personnel take pride in taking care and servicing our customers. BDS will do whatever it takes to keep our customers satisfied. We have analyzed our business practices and are proud to be ISO 9001:2008 certified.

 

Our Staff

Dave Schmitting-Owner/President

Dave has been in the fastener industry for 36 years. He worked 24 years with a leading Fastener Distributor, during that period of time he held various positions from order puller to operations manager. Dave gained valuable experience and knowledge during this time. Dave then went to work for a Cold Header manufacturer of fasteners as a Sales Manager for eight years. Dave wanted to get back into fastener distribution and he worked for Westby Production Components for 4 ½ years until he purchased the company. Dave believes that customer service is what builds a great working relationship.

Brian Schmitting-Sales Representative

After college, Brian worked at a staffing agency doing recruiting and sales for 3 years. Brian started at Westby Production Components in 2010 working in the warehouse. Brian currently works as the outside sales rep traveling the entire state of WI. He also helps in the warehouse packing parts and delivering to our customers. Brian believes a strength of his is customer service and building relationships.

Gary Heller-Purchasing Manager

Gary started with the fastener industry in the early 1980’s in the data-processing department, (before they called it IS), helping implement that company’s first computer system. He was cross-trained in several departments, and eventually moved into the purchasing/material management side of the business. After 7 years, Gary accepted a purchasing position with another organization, and as that company grew in size, so did his knowledge/experience in the various fastener commodities, along with exposure to implementing ISO certification. In 1997 Gary settled into his role at Westby Production Components as Purchasing Manager.

Joe Slezak-Purchasing Agent/IT

Joe started at Westby Production Components in 2004 right out of college working in the warehouse. He worked in the warehouse until 2008 when he was brought into the office as part of the purchasing department and later in the year as our in-house IT guy. Joe is still working in purchasing and IT, as well as helping out in the warehouse/QC when needed.

Ron Gross-Customer Service/Sales

Ron has been in fastener distribution for 21 years. He worked in several departments – warehouse, quality control, sales and also held positions from packer, material handling, supervision, sales administrator, and branch manager. He designed process flow/layout for our warehouse to increase efficiency and accuracy. He has adapted customer requirements/programs to our capabilities to create efficient product procurement/replenishment. Ron also has experience working with engineers/customers/manufacturers in new part design and current part improvement to meet functional/economic requirements.

Phil Gernetzke-Customer Service/Sales

Phil has been in the fastener industry for 35 years. He worked his way up from the warehouse to the sales. He has worked as a branch manager, warehouse supervisor, worked in quality control, outside and inside sales. He is very knowledgeable in dealing with Structural Fasteners.