Essential Critical Infrastructure Business

March 23, 2020

IN RE: Black Anvil Construction Supplies remains open as an Essential Critical Infrastructure Business

Dear Valued Customers and Suppliers:

Black Anvil Construction Supplies is committed to monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following the guidance of federal and local government as we navigate this situation. The health, safety, and welfare of our customers, suppliers, and employees are of utmost importance to us. We will continue to follow enhanced cleaning, safety, social distancing, and other CDC recommended guidelines to protect our contacts and help mitigate spread.

As an essential supplier to hospitals, municipalities, transportation, and other crucial infrastructures, we will remain open during “Stay Home, Stay Safe,” Michigan Executive Order #2020-2.  For more information on essential, critical infrastructure, please visit

Black Anvil Construction Supplies will continue to offer normal shipping, delivery, and pickup options. We are following current guidelines pertaining to sanitizing and cleaning surfaces. However, if you wish to pick up your order, but do not want to enter the building, please call – will we bring the material to your vehicle.

For suppliers, vendors, and shipping partners – we are still accepting deliveries. Please call from your vehicle or truck prior to drop-off. We are limiting the number of people admitted to the warehouse, for our safety and yours.

During this time, we ask that all non-essential visits to our warehouse and offices are postponed until the order is lifted.

We thank you for your cooperation and support during this time.

March 16th, 2020

PSA: CDC and MSHHS guidelines

In an effort to adhere to CDC and MSHHS guidelines, Black Anvil Construction Supplies will remain open but we are requesting that all non-essential visits to our offices and warehouse are postponed until after April 1st. Deliveries and pick-ups will be handled while limiting exposure, either by remaining in vehicle or restricting the amount of the building with access to the public.

If you need to pick up and are concerned, we can bring the material to your car/truck. When you arrive call 844-537-0326 and ask for delivery to your vehicle.

Thank you in advance for your understanding!

CDC and MSHHS guidelines

choosing fasteners

When it comes to choosing the perfect fastener for your design, there are multiple factors that need to be considered. For example, understanding fastener technology can be a great start. That’s the most basic thing you need to know in order to make smarter choices regarding fasteners.

There are all kinds of fasteners out there and each one of them serves a specific purpose. The fasteners you use for a toy are quite different from the ones you would use for a major construction project. So, how do you know what fastener goes with your particular requirement?

Get to Know Your Fasteners

Fasteners may appear as if they are a very insignificant part of the whole construction process. However, you couldn’t be more wrong. Fasteners may be small, but, without the right ones, your entire project could fall apart, literally.

Never leave fasteners out as the least important factor in your design. Doing this will only complicate your work. For instance, the final design might end up needing special fasteners to complete the project. However, these special fasteners are not easy to come by. As a result, you’re going to have to spend more money and experience more delays.

Plus, using fasteners at the last minute can also affect the final product’s lifespan and may even cause malfunctions.

Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing Fasteners

When you start working on a design/project, make sure you remember these basic instructions regarding fasteners. For starters, opt for fasteners based on size, main function, and material.

Once you progress with your construction/design, focus on aspects such what fastener will enhance or fit well with your design. At this stage, focus on the industrial standards regarding the strength of the fastener, the type and corrosion resistance.

This information can be obtained through respective catalogs. For instance, at Metro Bolt & Fasteners, we provide detailed catalogs with our fasteners. The information includes details concerning applications, industry standards, and expectations.

You can also download fastener drawings and add them to your design to see how they fit.

Also, when selecting fasteners, pay attention to the assembly process as well. Consider your production scenario too. Are there limitations regarding capacity? Do you have the right tools? Is the calibration process suitable?

There are 3 simple rules to be considered when working with fasteners:

  • Fasteners must be superior to or the same as the assembled parts, in terms of quality.
  • Bolted joints should remain strong.
  • Assembled fasteners should be controllable and exchangeable.

To choose the ideal fasteners for your work, please go through the Metro Bolt & Fastener inventory. If you have questions, we are most willing to guide you.

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