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A Brief History of the Company

1932 – 1935 William Dzus sees a need for a new type of fastener to meet the requirements of the Aircraft Industry – a quick-acting, self-locking device. From this idea he invents and develops the well-known Dzus Fastener, with capability to withstand vibration and a tolerance for high stress and strain. Manufacturing begins as a one-man business in a small garage in West Islip, New York. The sheer merit of the product creates a wide-spread market and the company grows.

Historical Picture of founder and employees.
William Dzus (fourth from left) and employees at his Babylon, New York, plant in 1933.

1936 The company is incorporated in the State of New York under the name - Dzus Fastener Co. Inc.

Dzus Fastener Co. Inc.

1937 – 1938 The company builds a manufacturing plant on its present site – 425 Union Boulevard, West Islip, New York.

Aerial Picture of Manufacturing Plant

1939 – 1963 Arrangements are completed for the addition of a manufacturing operation in England. During World War II the entire output of the West Islip plant was used for defense. It is interesting to note that the Spiral Cam Fastener was standard equipment on the military aircraft of all the United Nations. At the conclusion of the War the program for expanding the market for the Fastener into non-aircraft fields was renewed, and continues.

Dzus Fastener Col Inc., and Dzus Fastener Europe LTD

1964 The company mourns the untimely death of its founder William Dzus. He is succeeded by his son Theodore, then President.
1964 – 1987 Theodore Dzus goes on to guide day-to-day operations until his retirement and the sale of the company.

Expansion into Scotland, France, Germany, and Japan

1988 – 1991 The company is purchased by its British subsidiary, under a holding company – Dzus International Limited.

Dzus International Ltd. purchases Dzus Fastener Co. Inc.

1992 – 1993 Dzus Fastener Co. Inc. headquarters at West Islip, New York is purchased by Stephen Meshover and Michael R. P. Knight.

Stephen Meshover and Michael Knight Purchase Dzus Fastener Co. Inc.

1994 – 1995 The company appoints as exclusive sales and marketing agent – DFS International, Inc. In order to ensure continued high quality customer service, Dzus sales force and support staff transfer to DFS. Also in 1994, the company becomes registered in its SIC Code 3429, to ISO 9002: 1994: Manufacture of ¼-turn fasteners, quick acting latches and panel strips in steel, stainless steel, aluminum and plastic for use in the aerospace, transportation, electronics, air handling, refrigeration, motor control and computer industries to secure access panels, covers or detachable components.

Exclusive Sales Agreement with DFS International, Inc.

1996 – 2000 DFS International, Inc. is purchased by McKechnie plc, an industrial holding company with international operations and a mission of continuing to expand globally through organic growth and acquisition.

McKechnie purchases Dzus

2001 Dzus Fastener Co. Inc. elects to rename the company - DFCI Solutions, Inc. As stated in our recent letter to our valued customers, this is a name change only. Also in 2001, the company terminates the Exclusive Agent status with DFS International, Inc.

Name Change and termination of Exclusive Agreement

2002 The new name of the company – DFCI Solutions, Inc. – better represents the way the company plans to position itself and grow in the future. The company is newly registered in its SIC Code 3429 (US) to ISO 9001:1994, AS9100: 2001 – 08: Design and manufacture of ¼-turn fasteners, quick acting latches and panel strips in steel, stainless steel, aluminum and plastic for use in military and commercial aerospace, transportation, electronics, air handling, refrigeration, motor control and computer industries to secure access panels, covers or detachable components.

For more than sixty (60) years, at its manufacturing plant in West Islip, New York, the company has designed and manufactured a wide range of small component quarter-turn, quick acting fasteners and latching devices suited to meet your fastening needs. We look forward to satisfying those, and new applications, in the future.

Customer Service opens in FL, DFS International Closed by McKechnie