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The Threadline Difference: Fast, Flexible, and At Your Service

By Jenny Miller, CEO & President

Here at Threadline, we understand that in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing business environment, it’s crucial to be able to respond quickly and efficiently to the needs of our customers. That’s why we have made it our mission to be fast, flexible, and forever at your service.


When projects go into the bidding stage, they can take a long time to get approved due to various factors, such as financing, zoning, planning, and design preferences. When the green light is finally given, it’s full steam ahead, and the clock is ticking. In other words, it’s wait, wait, wait, HURRY UP! This urgency necessitates that manufacturers be fast to stay competitive within the industry. 

Being fast is at the core of our operations. We’ve invested heavily in the latest technology and equipment to streamline our manufacturing process. Our skilled workforce is well-trained and able to work efficiently to meet the time-sensitive demands of our customers. Additionally, our supply chain is responsive and agile, which allows us to adapt quickly to changing project needs. 


Flexibility is also a vital aspect of our operations. We understand that our customers have unique needs, and we’re committed to meeting those needs, no matter what. Construction projects can change requirements and specs at the drop of a hat, and we’re experts in pivoting our efforts midstream to adapt to those changes. 

We have the capability to modify products to meet specific customer requirements, or switch production lines quickly to meet changing demand. This allows us to respond to market changes and keep our customers satisfied. We go above and beyond to provide the businesses we serve with the customized solutions they need. 

At Your Service 

Being forever at your service is a key component of our value proposition. Our dedicated customer support and product teams are responsive, easy to work with, and always available to assist. They’ve been trained to work with our customers to understand their specific needs and find solutions that fit them. This allows us to build strong relationships with our customers and ensure their satisfaction. No matter how times change, we’ll never lose the “people” element of our business. 

We’re also committed to continuously improving our processes and operations. To ensure we’re at the forefront of industry trends and advancements, we invest heavily in cutting-edge technology and training for our employees. Innovation and excellence are stitched into the very fabric of our company. 

Experience the Threadline Difference 

We believe that by being fast, flexible, and at your service, investing in the latest technology and equipment, and continuously improving our processes and operations, we can continue to be a leader in the threading industry. I’m honored to lead a team dedicated to delivering excellence to our customers.

Growing Role of Women in the Threading Industry

Move over Superman – it’s becoming more and more likely that the “man of steel” is actually a “woman of steel.”

Women still make up a small proportion of the overall construction workforce in the United States, but that is changing as more women look for opportunities in the building industry.

While women comprise slightly less than half of the American workforce, only about 14 percent of all construction workers are female, according to a recent analysis from the Washington Post. That may seem like a small percentage, but it represents an all-time high, with strong growth expected to continue for women in the building industry.

President and CEO of Threadline Products, Jenny Miller, expects more women like herself will see the potential of a career in the construction industry. Threadline, which provides structural rods and miscellaneous steel to building projects, falls into the category of metal fabrication. 

Less than 6 percent of metal fabrication workers are women. But as that number grows, women can be seen in all the roles, from engineering to the shop floor to the leadership offices. Women have been and continue to play active roles in fabrication, sales, accounting, and more.

“There are a lot of resources out there for women interested in the field. There are groups looking to promote the industry amongst women and bring women together,” Miller said. 

For example, the National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC) supports women in the building industry. More specifically, Women in the Fastener Industry (WIFI) has programs and scholarships for women involved in metal fabrication and fasteners.

As the construction workforce ages, there are worker shortages in most trades. These shortages pose significant opportunities for women and others previously steered away from interest in the skilled trades.

Opportunities for women in construction are increasing, according to 71 percent of respondents in a recent survey from NAWIC and the Safe Site Check In.

Plus, the gender gap shows women earning about 83 cents per dollar of pay for men in the same roles in the United States. In the construction industry, that gap is much narrower, with women earning 96 percent of what men make.

Coming from corporate brand marketing roles, Miller joined the fasteners industry about five years ago as a co-owner of Threadline. Threadline, which has been in business since 1984, had a woman in leadership before her. Threadline also purchased Atlantic Bolt recently, which had a woman in a top sales position.

These unsung heroines from the past have paved the way for the women of today who enter the field.

“Knowing about these women gave me a lot of confidence in being a woman in the construction world,” she said. “It was helpful to have somebody who had already led the way and created this path.”

Changes in the Threading Industry

The industrial manufacturing and threading industries show no signs of slowing down in the near future. Here are a few recent changes in the industry that will lead the future of manufacturing.

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence (AI) is infiltrating the manufacturing industry at a steady rate, and for a good reason. AI is helping manufacturers use “computer vision” to monitor production lines. Many sensors are installed on the machinery to gather vision, pressure, heat, and location data which is stored in large quantities. One of the most beneficial features of AI is the real-time data analysis that can alert authorities exactly when errors occur.  As a result, manual analysis is no longer needed to monitor or maintain the production lines.

AI also has the capabilities of machine learning: the use of computer systems and algorithms to learn, adapt, and predict without instruction. Not only does machinery offer real-time data, but it can now predict future maintenance based on previous breakdowns, etc. This is extremely valuable to manufacturers because it reduces the downtime of equipment immensely. Machines will alert when and where equipment needs maintenance, which speeds up the process and resumes production quickly.

These advancements are increasing production efficiency in factories around the world, allowing products to be made faster and in higher quantities.

Robots & Cobots

An essential component of automating the manufacturing process is the use of robots and cobots. Robots and robotic arms were invented to fill human labor shortages and have now taken over many human jobs. Robots will never fatigue, they are more accurate, and they don’t require a salary or benefits. There are many great reasons why robots are taking over some manufacturing plants, but they aren’t capable of everything. 

Cobots are robots that work collaboratively alongside humans for our support. An example would be a robotic exoskeleton that humans can wear to take the stress off of heavy lifting. Overall, robots can be applied in many ways in the manufacturing industry, and they are perpetually evolving. While this speeds up the industrial manufacturing sector, it requires threading and other fabrication products to keep up with it. 

Impact on the Threading Industry

As manufacturing steadily grows in size and speed, the demand for fabricated products increases in parallel. You can’t have a huge manufacturing plant without building the space first. The increasing demand for construction is driving growth for the threading and fabricated products market. This is great news for us at Threadline and for other construction product companies because we are growing like never before. We see a lot of potential in our future and are going to keep up with demand the best we can without sacrificing quality. That speaks to our core values, which will never change.

Why Threadline?

At Threadline Products, we are fast, flexible, and always at your service for custom requests. We will work with you to meet the specific needs of your project and will deliver as fast as possible. For any questions or further information about our services, contact us today.

5 Reasons to Pursue a Career in Metal Fabrication

Career in Metal Fabrication

Metal fabrication is a field that is essential in the construction of various structures, such as office buildings, stadiums, bridges, and residential homes, in addition to industrial products. In other words, metal fabricators play a vital role in building the world around us. With the increasing demand for skilled metal fabrication, there are numerous benefits to pursuing a career in this field.

High Demand for Skilled Workers

It’s estimated that the metal fabrication industry will grow from $20 billion in 2021, to $29.46 billion by 2029. This means that individuals with the necessary skills and training can secure stable, well-paying jobs in the field. Humankind will never stop building structures, whether we’re talking about a new food food restaurant or a luxury apartment building, so metal fabricators will always be needed and sought after. As a result, a career in this industry ensures optimal job security, which is all too rare in this day and age. The demand for this type of role will only grow in years to come. 

Variety of Career Opportunities

Metal fabrication offers a wide range of career opportunities, from welding to metal cutting. With the increasing demand for these types of services, there are numerous career paths to choose from, and individuals can specialize in a specific area of metal fabrication that interests them. This diversity allows individuals to pursue their passions and find fulfillment in their careers. Also, if you’re someone who likes to hop from one type of task to another, this role will provide you with the variation and diversity that you desire. There’s never a dull moment as a metal fabricator1 

Hands-On Work

Metal fabrication is a hands-on field, which means that individuals can apply their skills and creativity to the fabrication process. This allows individuals to work with their hands and produce tangible results, which can be both fulfilling and rewarding. In addition, hands-on work provides individuals with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in their work. If you enjoy building things in your spare time, this type of job might be a perfect fit for you. It enables you to take your love of creating and utilize it in a highly valued career path. 

Opportunities for Growth and Advancement

Metal fabrication is a field that offers tons of opportunities for growth and professional advancement. Individuals can start their careers as entry-level metal fabricators and work up to supervisory or management positions. With the increasing demand for metal fabrication, there are numerous opportunities for individuals to grow and advance in their careers, making it an ideal choice for those looking to grow and develop. 

A Career Built for the Long TermA career in metal fabrication offers countless benefits, ranging from excellent job security and professional fulfillment to opportunities for growth and competitive pay. If you’re interested in pursuing a career at Threadline Products, reach out today and let’s talk. We offer a supportive work environment that’s built on the principles of teamwork, continuous learning, and excellence. We’re looking forward to helping you build a career that will empower you to live the life you deserve!

Client Case Study: Critical Data Center

By Threadline Products 

When a steel fabricator business needed more than 1,700 pieces of galvanized metal, Threadline Products came to the rescue – and kept the construction of a large office building on track.

The Challenge

Someone on the customers’ project team did not secure the necessary hardware for an office building under construction in Austin, Texas. It was time to place the anchor bolts in the ground – a crucial first step in the construction process.

Everything was waiting on anchor bolts, a small but essential part of the overall project. If the client couldn’t get the necessary hardware quickly, they risked falling behind schedule. They would either lose key members of the project team, such as the concrete and steel erection crews, to other jobs or have to pay them to do nothing while they waited on the bolts. 

The Solution

The customer contacted Threadline Products, asking how fast we could get galvanized anchor bolts, anchor bolt plate washers, and template plates to the project site in Austin. All materials had to be hot-dipped and galvanized, typically requiring a 10-14 day lead time. 

Nothing in the order was off-the-shelf hardware. Everything required custom fabrication in our shop in Charlotte. We would need to send all the parts to be galvanized and then reassemble them for shipping to Austin. Galvanizing usually takes a week by itself, not counting the fabrication.

Threadline was able to leverage supplier relationships to reduce the time for the galvanizing and speed up the delivery of the hardware. We were able to get the client the parts a week, and our client could keep their construction going.

Results Achieved for the Client

The order came in on October 25, and the products were on the job site on November 2 – saving cour client a week of construction time.

The order included the following:

  • 204 ¾” anchor bolt
  • 200 1-1/2” anchor bolts
  • 1212 anchor bolt plate washers
  • 101 ¼” template plates

The end result was 7,669 pounds of metal, all hot dipped galvanized, and 100 percent assembled, then shipped via hot shot for two-day delivery.

Our tagline reads, “Fast. Flexible. At Your Service.” Quick turnaround for custom-made metal hardware is at the heart of what Threadline does. 

We pride ourselves on turning around quote requests within a day of receiving them. Threadline can fabricate anchor bolts in two to three days compared to the two to three weeks that some large shops require.

Whatever your next project is, Threadline Products will get you the high-quality metal products you need in record time. To learn how we can help you accomplish your goals, request a quote today.

A History of the Atlantic Bolt and Threadline

By Kathy Foster

A lot has changed in the metal fabrication industry since Atlantic Bolt and Threadline Products started in the 1980s, but what hasn’t changed is our commitment to our customers and Charlotte.

Today’s Threadline Products is a merger of two Charlotte-based companies – Threadline Products, founded in 1984, and Atlantic Bolt, launched in 1987. The merger earlier this year brought together the two local Anchor Bolt Fabrication companies to create the current organization that serves the Carolinas and the Southeast.

I started in the accounting department at a steel fabricator more than 45 years ago. I worked my way into the purchasing department. Eventually, I went to work with Jim Boyles and Ernie Lambert, and they took me with them when they set up their shop.

Doing Business: Then vs. Now

Steel fabrication was male-dominated when I first started and is still a majority-male industry. However, there are more women in the business than 40 years ago. 

When I first started learning about the business, I had to read many books and ask many questions. We could not just use Google to explain to us how something works. At the time, we did have our own walking encyclopedia, though, in the form of former Atlantic Bolt President and my mentor Ernie Lambert.

Back then, a handshake was enough to get business done. Everything grew out of face-to-face conversations. Today, we have all become very technology driven. We conduct business over email. We write detailed contracts.

Steel Fabrication: Then vs. Now

The widespread use of tension control bolts was a game changer for the industry. Before tension control bolts, someone had to climb up into the steel frame and test bolts to ensure they were tightened with the correct tension.

Tension control bolts have saved time and improved safety at the job site by reducing injuries. Now, inspectors and engineers can stay on the ground with a pair of binoculars.

Over the past 20 to 30 years, buying imported materials has become far more common. Everything was made in the United States when I started – down to the sheet metal screws. We do a lot more global business sourcing for materials.

Building Charlotte and the Southeast

Many of the anchor bolts that helped build the city came from the Atlantic Bolt and Threadline Products shops. As a local fabricator, we had the jump on many projects, but not all. In large-scale projects, the contractors can come from anywhere, and often, that means the lowest bid.

It’s a competitive business, but being local and fast has its advantages. There have been large projects where the contractors are ordering hardware nearly daily.  

Steel fabrication also is a business where your name and your reputation matter. Projects come our way because people know they can rely on Threadline’s quality, speed and flexibility.

We pride ourselves on building relationships with our customers. We handle each customer as an individual – like they are the only customer we have. That’s how we’ve been able to grow quicker than many businesses. 

If you want to learn more about the Threadline difference and our products, contact us today. 

More Than Bolts

By Josh Miller, Co-Owner & Operator of Threadline Products

When many of our customers think of Threadline Products, they immediately think of bolts – but our Charlotte-based custom metal fabrication shop can help our customers fill many other metal product needs.

While we are glad to be synonymous with one of our core products, we want customers to know that we are also here for their other metal needs – such as concrete embeds, grating and diamond plates, grout pots, pipe bollards, and more.

Concrete is one of the most common building materials because of its strength and durability. Concrete embeds – rectangular metal plates with attached welding studs – connect the concrete to the metal framework. 

Threadline Products works with construction supply partners to distribute concrete embeds. We also are an emergency source for concrete embeds when customers have a quick turnaround need so they can keep a product moving.

Fast and flexible metal fabrication is a key part of our value proposition at Threadline Products. We are here for our customers when they have unforeseen problems so that they can keep their projects moving forward. That flexibility extends beyond our anchors and bolts to our metal fabrication services.

We similarly create concrete bollards, which are steel tubes filled with concrete. These are used in various settings to control traffic and prevent vehicles from entering an area or hitting a building.

Threadline Products also plays a role in DoD infrastructure projects in North and South Carolina. Many of these custom-made products end up as bridge components. These might include bridge diaphragms, expansion joints for bridge decks, grout pots, and drain lines.

In addition to the structural components, Threadline Products has customers who source their decorative railings for pedestrian walkways and bridges through the custom shop. Such walkways also may require galvanized sidewalk cover plates that allow pedestrians to walk over connected areas without tripping.

Whatever the custom metal need, Threadline Products is committed to finding a way to help. One of our advantages is that our fabricators have a lot of experience – about 10 years in our shop on average. That is a lot of custom projects that we were able to create for our customers.

We say that our shop is your shop. If someone is in a jam, we want to help them, whether they are an existing customer or someone who comes through an industry contact. We listen to the customer’s problem and craft a flexible, efficient, and fast solution to meet their needs. 

That is the Threadline Products difference – we are fast, we are flexible, and we are at your service. When you need a specific product, and you need it fast, it’s time to come to Threadline. 
Contact us to learn about our custom fabrication capabilities, as well as our off-the-shelf components.

Women in Fasteners

By Kathy Foster When I started working in the metal fabrication industry, I was one of the few women – and to be honest, we remain heavily outnumbered by men even today. Now, I work in sales for Threadline Products Inc., which acquired Atlantic Bolt Inc. in Feb 2022.  Prior to our acquisition I worked… Read more »

Theadline Products Sponsors Charlotte’s Brookstone Schools

As part of our commitment to improving and building our community, Threadline Products is proud to be an official Silver Sponsor for Brookstone Schools, a nonprofit organization that provides affordable, faith-based schooling to students throughout the Greater Charlotte area. We believe in the incredible power of Christ-centered education and we’re happy to support an organization that does it right. Teaching students faith, virtue, and knowledge is of the utmost importance.

Brookstone’s mission is to equip children from underprivileged communities with the educational, spiritual, and social guidance they need in order to live happy, prosperous lives. This Christ-centered academy is run by experienced educators who are talented in helping children develop a lifelong love for learning, as well as in building their academic abilities and social skills. 

Brookstone Schools offer academic opportunities for kindergarten through eighth grade, afterschool enrichment programs, and summer camps. To ensure that each of their graduates continues to thrive in high school, the schools have an incredible program called Solidarity Scholars, in which selected alumni attend monthly meetings to receive encouragement, academic support, and advice on continuing their educational journey in college. This program’s mission is to provide additional guidance and support to young people who come from low-income families and as a result, break the generational cycle of poverty.  

Earlier this year, the Threadline leadership team was pleased to attend Brookstone’s annual fundraiser as an official corporate sponsor. “Events like these are a fantastic opportunity for our team to learn more about the needs of our community, engage with nonprofit leaders, and figure out new and better ways for us to contribute to positive initiatives,” said Threadline President Jenny Miller. 

Threadline’s annual contributions to Brookstone Schools contribute to the schools serving more in-need students and improving lives, one lesson at a time. We’re excited to continue supporting this amazing organization and its efforts to better the lives of children through high-quality education, caring instruction, and the power of faith. 

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Threadline Products, Inc. Acquires Atlantic Bolt, Inc. Charlotte-based Fastener Fabricators Join Forces to Increase Production Capacity, Speed in Meeting Customer Needs

February 23, 2022 (CHARLOTTE, NC) Threadline Products, a fastener fabrication company serving the industrial and construction industries, as well as original equipment manufacturers, announces the acquisition of fastener fabricators Atlantic Bolt, Inc.

The merger of the two Charlotte-based companies brings together teams with a combined 74 years of experience in serving contractors, departments of transportation, and OEMs. Threadline, founded in 1984, and Atlantic, launched in 1987, have been known across the Carolinas and Southeast as organizations built on responsive, reliable service, quality, and steady supply of anchors, bolts, studs, hardware, and other steel-fabricated products. 

The two companies are now operating as the expanded Threadline Products, under the leadership of Jenny and Josh Miller. Jenny Miller remains as President of Threadline, while Josh Miller retains his role of Vice President.

“We are grateful to J. R. and Trish Boyles for their steadfast leadership as second-generation family owners of Atlantic Bolt, and the way they’ve developed their team and capabilities through the years,” said Jenny Miller. “Their leadership has set the stage for our combined companies to merge seamlessly and create a combined team defined by excellence in fabrication expertise and unwavering commitment to fast, responsive customer service.”

“The acquisition of Atlantic Bolt effectively doubles our production and warehousing capabilities and allows us to compete at greater scale,” said Josh Miller. “Both teams will benefit from the years of wisdom and performance at the two legacy companies, while our combined customer base stand the most to gain, as together we will be better able to meet their demands in a growing economy.”

The combined company will operate with nearly double the professional staff, as well as doubling capacity for manufacturing and warehousing finished products, operating from Threadline’s and Atlantic Bolt’s legacy locations across central Charlotte.

Learn more about the newly expanded Threadline Products at

About Threadline Products

Threadline Products, founded in 1984, is a Charlotte-based fabricator of fasteners used in residential and commercial construction, as well as infrastructure, across the Carolinas and the Southeast. Threadline is committed to fast, flexible service in the delivery of fabricated rods, anchors, and bolts, as well as a wide array of steel fabricated products for original equipment manufacturers.