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Fastenal Co

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Morningstar Rating for Stocks Fair Value Economic Moat Capital Allocation

Sluggish Demand Creates Challenges, but We Remain Optimistic on Fastenal's Long-Term Prospects

Business Strategy and Outlook

Since opening its first fasteners store in 1967, Fastenal has built one of the largest industrial distribution businesses in the United States. For many years, Fastenal’s growth story was driven by its branch count, which now stands at roughly 1,600 locations. While this expansive footprint is still an important component of Fastenal’s business model, other strategies--including expanding its product portfolio, its vending and inventory management services, and, most recently, its on-site program--have become increasingly important growth drivers.

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