Located just a few miles from JFK Airport, Fastener Dimensions, Inc. is a primary aircraft and aerospace parts supplier. This family-owned and operated company works continually to maintain the personal, small business approach that fueled its growth into an industry leader.
Fastener Dimensions serves manufacturers (Boeing, Sikorsky, Lockheed, BAE, Harris, and many others), their sub-tiers, repair stations, airlines, and other distributors worldwide with same-day shipment and outstanding customer service. It provides value-added services, such as kitting solutions (ready-to-assemble kits), vendor-managed inventory, and long-term agreements.
Combining strong engineering capability and highly skilled technical support, Fastener Dimensions helps OEMs develop new products and designs. Its engineers are standing by, ready to support current and new customers with design assistance. The company remains at the forefront of new technology’s evolving demands and continues to surpass customer expectations for high-quality manufacturing and after-sale service.
Fastener Dimensions has earned and maintained key OEM approvals, including ATR, Airbus, Fiat, GE, Agusta, Bell Helicopter, Sikorsky, Textron Defense Systems, Cessna, Piper, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, McDonnell Douglas, Bombardier, Learjet, NASA, LORD, U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Defense, IAI/Israel Military and more.
Darryl Hinkle, who founded Fastener Dimensions in 1988, had a great passion for mechanics and machine tooling and fell in love with the fasteners industry. Starting with commercial hardware, he soon moved to aerospace, challenged by that industry’s more complex and exacting standards. When he passed away two years ago at age 57, ownership of the company, along with his great motivation and love for the aviation industry, transferred to his wife Kathleen and their three children.
Son David is now General Manager and sales lead, while son Jason manages quality and operations. Daughter Jennifer coordinates accounting and financials, and Kathleen serves as CEO, with the enormous support of their many loyal, long-time employees.
The family hired Gaetano Vingelli, himself a third-generation aviation professional, to serve as Director of Business Development. His grandfather was a machinist from Naples, Italy, to New York to work for Long Island airplane manufacturing factories, including Fairchild and Grumman. His father retired after more than 30 years in aviation, most recently as a chief cabin attendant. Vingelli’s own aviation career began at Rome and Schiphol (Amsterdam) Airports as a ramp agent and airline ground representative.
Working in tandem with the Hinkle family, Vingelli oversees the Ozone Park facility. In that 7,000 square feet building, the company manufactures high-strength, close-tolerance bolts and screws, both industry-standard and custom-made. Fastener Dimension parts are used in many applications, including landing gear assemblies, gearboxes, aircraft interiors, airframes, and helicopter rotor heads.
“Every aspect of our products is completed to the highest standards,” Vingelli said. “Our tolerance levels are very strict: no greater than 1.1 mm. Since aircraft may fly at altitudes above 40,000 feet and land at sea-level tropical airports, they are exposed to a wide range of temperature variations. So all our parts must be impervious to temperature fluctuations.”
“We are honored to carry on our father’s commitment to the aviation industry, his high-quality standards, and his investment in New York,” said David Hinkle. “In addition to our Ozone Park facility, we have a three-year-old state-of-the-art bolt manufacturing plant in the heart of East New York, equipped with CNC, thread rollers, presses, drilling equipment, and a lab.”
“And although the trend today is for manufacturing to move to other states,” Hinkle continued, “our family has set our sights on investing in Brooklyn and Ozone Park.”
Fastener Dimensions, Inc. is not simply a first-class aviation parts manufacturer and supplier but also a great corporate citizen.