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60 Years in Business

Company History

Statistics tell us that family owned businesses rarely make it into the second generation, and the odds of making it into the third generation are phenomenally small. Well, guess what?  Barnhill Bolt is now under the successful leadership of the third generation!

In 1960, J. C. (Jack) Barnhill, began Barnhill Bolt Company in Albuquerque in a small, block warehouse on the property of a large steel manufacturer.  He quickly started selling steel, brass, silicon bronze, stainless steel, nylon and plastic fasteners in sizes small enough to require tweezers to manage and fasteners in sizes large enough to hold together mine shafts and bridges.  Jack took great delight in knowing that fasteners he sold ended up in space, and even on the moon.

Within four years the company had grown from one employee to six, and had moved to its current, much larger location . Both of Jack’s children and their spouses joined the company during those first four years and in 2010 Jack's daughter Mary became the sole owner and currently serves as CEO/ President of the Company.

All of  Mary's children worked in the business during their college years.  Now, two of those children and one spouse are the successful leaders of Barnhill Bolt.

  • Dee Silver,who came straight from college with his accounting degree, is the General Manager and supervises all the buying
  • Jo Ella Silver, transitioned from her career as a juvenile probation/parole officer to handle Human Resources,  Facilities Management and Sales
  • Stephanie Silver, CPA, Dee’s wife, is responsible for Accounting and preparation of all Financial Documents and Taxes

Barnhill Bolt has continued to grow and add employees and many have been with the company for 10, 20, 30 and some even 40+ years. Our long-term employees have become loyal friends.

Though he died in 1978, Jack left Mary and his grandchildren standards for excelling in business:

  • superior products
  • superior service
  • integrity in all we do

Jack would take great delight in knowing that his grandchildren strive to preserve those standards.

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