SouthernCarlson Adds Duo-Fast Carolinas, Strengthens Presence in Southeast

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SouthernCarlson acquires Duo-Fast Carolinas expanding its Southeast presence.

The 39th annual STAFDA show kicked off with the announcement of the creation of a new company in the fastening and packaging space, SouthernCarlson. The move brought together three family owned companies, Southern Fastening Systems, Carlson Systems, and Kentec that provide customers with a nationwide partner serving local markets with exceptional customer service.

The new SouthernCarlson also announced today that it is further strengthening its national presence and overall value to customers through the acquisition of Charlotte-based Duo-Fast Carolinas.

Duo-Fast Carolinas President Buddy Cook explained the timing and strategic fit that went into the partnership. “My grandfather, Roy, and his partner, John F. Smith, started our business in 1948. Over the last 68 years, we have grown from one location with four original employees, to 10 successful locations with more than 70 team members: all on the premise of better service for our local customers. As our leadership team considered the future, we could only join a team where service to the customer was of the utmost importance. That is exactly what we found in SouthernCarlson. I am excited about the opportunities that lay ahead for all of our customers as well as the Duo-Fast Carolinas team.”

For SouthernCarlson President Jim Whitley, the partnership makes sense on multiple levels. “First, we have been competing with Buddy Cook for years, and it is nice to finally have him on our side! As we build our team, we look at local customer needs and determine the best fit to support our motto ‘Our Promise Means More.’ The Duo-Fast Carolinas team adds depth and expertise that will enable us to improve and grow our business while continuing to deliver great service to our customers every day.”

Buddy will become an important member of SouthernCarlson’s leadership team. Assuming the role of Executive Vice President in the company’s Mid-Atlantic division, Buddy will be supported by longtime lieutenants Kevin Trippie and Sam Hardaway, strengthening SouthernCarlson’s proven leadership from Andrei Militaru in the Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Carolinas markets.

Energized by the further strengthening of his team, Jim is excited to get out in the field following STAFDA. “It is an honor to welcome everyone from Buddy’s team into our family. I couldn’t be more excited to get to work!”

The new company unveiled its updated branding and identity for the first time at the STAFDA Convention, with further rebranding to come at store locations in the coming months. Visit to learn more.


About SouthernCarlson

SouthernCarlson operates more than 150 fastening, packaging and service centers in local cities and towns across 34 of the United States and Mexico. With corporate offices in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and Omaha, Nebraska, and backed by nearly 900 employees across the country, SouthernCarlson takes pride in providing tools, building materials and packaging supplies & equipment to building professionals and manufacturers with a level of personal service that is second to none.

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