Boker's Bulletin | Volume 59
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Volume 59 | 3rd Quarter 2016
White Paper on Selecting the Optimal Washer Solution Now Available

It is important to select the most optimal type of washer for your specific application. This white paper provides an overview of some of the many washer styles Boker's produces with information about what they are optimally designed for.

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Boker's Adds 618 New Flat Washer Sizes

With these additional sizes, Boker's now offers an expansive line of over 31,000 non-standard flat washer and spacer sizes with no tooling charges. These tools can be searched by OD or ID online at
The Widest Range of Disks Available

All of Boker's 31,000 flat washer sizes are available without the I.D. hole. Boker's disks are offered with outside diameters ranging from 0.030 inches to 12 inches and with material thickness options ranging from 0.005" to 0.134". Boker's produces disks in more than 2,000 commonly specified and difficult-to-find materials.

Learn more about disks and search our tool sizes online »
Boker's Expands Capabilities for Finishing Washers

Boker's has expanded its manufacturing capabilities to produce custom finishing washers, giving assembly applications a more precise, high-quality look and complete finish.

In addition to achieving a secure finished appearance and fit for fasteners, finishing washers offer additional functionalities, including: locking, sealing, insulating, load distribution, added strength and rigidity. This provides a safeguard for continuous performance.

For more information on Boker's finishing washers and stampings, click here
Boker's 3D Printing Services

Boker's now offers additive manufacturing (3D printing) to provide customers with 3D prototypes. With our Stratasys 3D Printer you'll be able to see how your product will turn out in advance. No more guess work or uncertainty. Only precision.

This service allows customers to test parts for form, fit and function prior to production of the actual stamped part.

Make sure to take advantage of our capabilities next time you work with us.
Upcoming Event:
September 21st & 22nd, 2016
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN
Booth #617
Upcoming Event:
National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo
October 26th & 27th, 2016
Sands Expo and Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV
Booth #722

PMA Business Conditions Report: August 2016

According to the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), metalforming companies can anticipate an improvement in business conditions during the next three months.

Out of the companies sampled 30% predict that activity will improve in the next three months (up from 22% in July). 54% anticipate no change while 16% believe that economic activity will decline (down from 22% in July).

Metalforming companies also forecast an improvement in incoming orders during the next three months.

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Boker's Flashback: Third Location (1933-1938)

Boker's third location was near the Mississippi riverbank in Minneapolis in an area called the Bohemian Flats. Named the Bohemian Flats due to the citizens who lived there who were mostly immigrants from eastern Europe. These new US citizens were known for their hard work ethics, and as a result, Boker's hired numerous employees from the area.

The residential area was very close to the river and called the Lower Bohemian Flats. Boker's location was within the business/industrial area further up the bank called the Upper Bohemian Flats. Boker's employees would climb 79 stairs that separated the lower flats from the upper flats to work daily.

Annually the lower flats would get flooded out. In the 1930's the state began to claim eminent domain to reclaim this area; fully achieving that goal of moving everyone out by 1940. Their goal was to move the citizens to safer areas and out of flood zones, as well as create a larger area for barge terminals for goods moving up and down the Mississippi through St. Anthony Falls.

Boker's was located at this location until 1938. A number of Boker's employees from the Bohemian Flats transitioned to work at Boker's current location.

The University of Minnesota Law School, Walter F. Mondale Hall, is now located in the area where Boker's was approximately located within the Upper Bohemian Flats. This building is the large red brick building within the photo below.

Read more about Boker's history Here
Giving Back! Boker's Donates to the Minnesota Veterans Homes

The Boker's team recently donated another wheelchair accessible WhisperGLIDE® swing to the residents of the Minnesota Veterans Home-Minneapolis. This organization prides itself on its ability to create a life worth living for Veterans and their spouses, and we couldn't be happier to be a part of the cause.

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