Friday, March 17, 2017

Is it Really American Made?

There's a difference between “American made” and “an American made company”.  We make our hinges, latches, drop rods, and molded vinyl caps and accessories right here.  From start to finish.

We could import our products and tell everybody that we are “an American made company”, and that would be technically true because even if the products are imported, the company was made in America.

Instead, we use American made materials*, American labor, and our own designs to make everything right here.

Come see us at our facilities in East Troy, Wisconsin.  Then ask your supplier to see their production facility. (Have your passport handy!)

*Certificates of origin available upon request

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

While we recently took time to thank all those wholesalers who carry our products, we owe a special debt of gratitude to those contractors who have insisted on top quality, innovative products from Modern Fence Technologies. They helped inspire us to weather the storm over the last ten years, and we hope that we have done at least the same for them.

We have quite a few contractors who buy direct from us. In large part, this came about because for whatever reason, the wholesalers they buy fencing from do not offer the American made hardware from MFT that contractors wanted.

Companies that offer top quality, name brand, guaranteed products are typically more profitable than those that offer the same imported, commoditized, generic hardware offered by their competitors. By differentiating themselves from the rest, they are setting themselves apart from the pack. By offering reliable products, they are justifying a better price, with fewer call backs.

To all our contractor friends out there, demanding the best, thank you. We couldn't do this without you!  We're here for you.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Thank You For Buying American Made!

Join the growing number of fence wholesalers offering American made hardware as standard equipment with their gates.  In 2007-2008 we saw a wave of fence wholesalers switch from American made hardware and caps to imported copies.

  As this trend continued, many wholesalers remained true to their customers and refused to offer counterfeit hardware.  To them we say “Thank You!”

We've been hearing from some those who did switch to imports that they have been plagued with pricing irregularities, delivery delays, and ever decreasing quality, as overseas manufacturers dealt with rising wages in their employee base, rising shipping costs, and demands from some customers for ever lower prices.  Broken promise after expensive broken promise!

Now they are coming back to American made products.

We are proud to say we are 100% American made, and because many stood with us, and many more are returning, our prices on most items are stable, and in some cases lower than they were five years ago.  Our products ship the same or next day 97% of the time from one of our two regional distribution hubs.  We also continue to innovate better ways to improve our products while maintaining the high quality standards our customers demand.

Modern Fence Technologies is committed to bringing the best American made hardware to the industry, at the very best prices. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

We're Not Screwing Around...

We offer Phillips pan head stainless steel screws painted black or white with most of our hardware. These screws offer excellent corrosion resistance and look great for years while securing our hardware to your fence and gate.

The down side of stainless steel screws is that you pretty much have to pre-drill the holes you put them into. This is because stainless steel makes a horrible drill bit. There are two types of stainless commonly used for screws. One is too soft to cut steel, so the drill tip on a stainless steel tek screw will flatten out before cutting a hole, and the other is too brittle, causing the cutting edge on a tek screw made from this material to crack off before finishing a hole.

To answer the demand for a corrosion resistant tek screw that will drill through steel posts or aluminum post stiffeners as needed, we have begun offering our American made galvanized tek screw painted black, using the same black coating as on our stainless screws. These are capable of easily drilling through 1/4” of steel while cutting threads and drawing tight. The galvanized and painted finish is extremely resistant to corrosion.

Are they as good as stainless steel at preventing corrosion? It's hard to tell. We've had contractors using them on vinyl gate hardware installations for several years and have not had any complaints about rust. They do offer the best combination of strength, ease of installation, and endurance that we have seen, and unlike virtually every other fastener available in the fence industry, they are made right here in the U.S. of A.!

Monday, January 23, 2017


The decision to switch to American made fence products can be a difficult one. Common obstacles include the cost of changing all those part numbers and brochures, and the potential for more expensive hardware. (Here's a hint: The second one ain't necessarily so...)

Let's look at some of the reasons why companies all over the U.S. Are deciding that those costs are worth it.

  1. The average price a contractor can charge for a fence is measurably higher, when that contractor sells the fence based on it's American made heritage. Ask your customer if they are willing to pay more for American made quality. You might be surprised by the answer.
  2. The cost of using our products is lower. Some of the reasons; fewer parts rejected for defect, fewer service calls to replace broken or defective hardware, and fewer lost or damaged parts in inventory, due to our individual packaging, and less time waiting for out of stock products to arrive from overseas. We ship 97% of stock orders same or next day.
  3. Companies using our products compete with the imports at a distinct advantage. Companies that all use the same imported products find themselves with only one way to compete, that's price. They have to come in cheaper than the next guy to get the work. Kiss profit goodbye! But companies using Modern Fence Technologies hardware are able to sell quality products at reasonable prices, while setting themselves apart from the rest of the pack.

Modern Fence Technologies has been leading the way in gate hardware for decades. Come see why contractors, fence supply wholesalers, and even homeowners are demanding American made MFT products.

Call 888-456-6786 today. If you are on the West Coast, call our Carson City Nevada branch at  888-613-8146