In 1987, Ken Gobout founded Northland Fastening Systems (NFS) after leaving a job in sales. NFS is based in Woodbury, MN, and supplies tools, studs, and welding accessories to a range of industries. Since the late 1980s, the stud welding industry has changed in various ways, including the customers, facilities, equipment, and practices. The constant for Ken and his two sons, Jason and Brent, has always been the value of trustworthy business operations. Jason is now the president of the company, while Brent oversees all NFS sales. Thanks to their participation in the business over the years, Ken is now semi-retired after fully transitioning ownership to his sons. Today, NFS is known for going the extra mile for customers: providing high-quality, reliable services and having great customer service. If you are in need of fastening systems supplies, NFS is your one-stop shop for drawn arc, capacitor discharge (CD), and short cycle welding tools, studs, and accessories.
In addition to tools available for rent or purchase, welding studs in a complete range of standard dimensions, custom stud options available, and many welding accessories, NFS also provides tool repairs and offers customers the advice of our own welding experts. We have over 30 years of experience repairing and servicing tools of all ages. Our team has seen the advancements of stud welding technology over time and is well versed with generational variations and current models.
Our team repairs and services models from major fastening systems brands, including HBS, Tru-Weld, ProWeld, ERICO, AGM, MFI, NOVA, Cutlass, Nelson, and tension control tools.
Customer First Approach
NFS implements a customer-first approach in all our operations, sales, and quality control practices. Our business thrives today because we have grown with community-focused ideals and neighborly values. NFS customers return to us for the trusted familiarity and support they receive, whether they are looking to resupply on their “usual” studs or want detailed information on a tool rental.
Our customer base ranges from professionals working with fully automated systems to do-it-yourself (DIY) welders just getting started. No matter what level you’re working on, our staff and welding technicians are eager to provide any advice and guidance you might need. While about 80% of our business came from the construction industry when we started in 1987, today 80% of our business comes from the industrial market and 20% comes from construction. This means we work with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other customers around the world, but we’re also here to support our local welders in Minnesota and the greater Midwest region.
NFS values stud welding because it’s a highly important manufacturing operation for many industries. It provides a rapid, strong connection point with no backside marking, and it’s compatible with many different metals. Composite building with shear connectors is also critical for infrastructure like roads and bridges.