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I Am Taryn And This Is My Journey in the Fastener Industry

My first significant job experience in the fastener industry was alphabetizing and organizing files when my Family’s business, Industrial Rivet & Fastener Co., moved from New York over the border to New Jersey.

I was 11 years old at the time, and I remember being so happy I could meaningfully contribute to the company. Who knew that this was only the beginning.

I was never “groomed” to be part of the business. I went to college planning to go into medicine, and it wasn’t until I fainted while interning at a local hospital that I thought perhaps it wasn’t the right career choice for me. I studied biology and economics and ultimately took a job in Finance in New York City to start my career.

I loved my time in investment banking; it opened my eyes to the wide world of business and gave me huge insight into how companies function. Turns out… I loved business! At some point though I realized I wanted to work on the other side of the transaction. I felt the best choice for me was to come home and help my family’s company continue to grow and prosper.

Joining my cousin as a fourth generation owner, and Vice President of Finance for our 105 year old company has been an incredible journey so far. And it turns out, I don’t just love business. I love this industry, and rivets in particular:


Rivets are permanent mechanical fasteners. Because they are installed permanently, quality is a MUST – both for the rivets themselves and the tools used to set them. They need to work both dimensionally and functionally. Rivets are also high-speed and efficient fasteners, so in today’s world of lean proje