Hardware Manufacturers

Overview

The 570 hardware manufacturers in the US primarily produce metal hardware, including hinges, handles, brackets, keys, and locks. Firms typically develop and engineer products and systems designed for specific applications, such as aircraft, appliances, motor vehicles, or construction. Large firms produce related products like tools and electronic security products. Other related products include nuts, bolts, screws, rivets, washers, nails, and spikes.

Competition from Private Label Products

The commodity-like nature of many hardware products, like hinges and basic locks, creates ripe opportunity for private label goods and low-priced imports since the differences in quality are marginal.

Variable Raw Material Costs

The cost of raw materials for hardware products, which include metals like steel, zinc, and brass, can vary and affect margins and cash flow.