December 21, 2016

Wheeling, Illinois, – Abbott-Interfast Corporation announced Robert (Bob) Baer has been named President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective January 1, 2017.  As President and CEO, Baer will have responsibility for all of the Company’s operating units.  Bob will report directly to the Binder family and the Board of Directors. The retiring President, James A Calabrese will stay on as Legal in house Council for the company.

Bob Baer joined Abbott-Interfast 25 years ago as Controller, CPA. After 3 years, Bob was promoted to Vice President and took responsibility for Purchasing.  Bob’s responsibilities with Abbott have grown over the years to include Abbott’s two manufacturing plants, Quality, Warehouse/Distribution and Information Systems. He played an instrumental role in the recent ISO Quality System Certification. Bob has proven to be a leader not only for the company but also for the fastener industry through his involvement with the Mid-West Fastener Association and the Fastener Industry Coalition.

“I’m excited with the opportunity to lead Abbott-Interfast into the future”, said Baer.  “We have over 68 years of history as a manufacturer, importer, publisher, innovator, and distributor with a diverse network of our own companies. We currently are in the final stages of upgrading both our hardware and software to facilitate aggressive growth plans. In addition, our manufacturing plant recently installed a new CNC machine with plans to add additional capacity as we expand our customer base and manufacturing capabilities.”

Founded in 1948, Abbott-Interfast Corporation is a privately held corporation supplying screw machined products, assemblies, fasteners, through its OEP, Inc. division, plastic knobs, and through its BAI, Publishing division the printing and distribution of The Nationwide Directory.  We are a US company located in Wheeling, Illinois with customers throughout the Americas and around the world.  We maintain a 5 acre, 100,000 sq. ft. facility, stocking thousands of standard parts for immediate shipment.

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