Fastenal's Runaway Stock Success

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There’s no shame in not knowing the top-performing stock since the crash of ’87. It’s neither Apple nor Microsoft, and deprived of the obvious candidates, most people draw a blank. That includes Bob Kierlin. When told that the answer is actually Kierlin’s own company, Winona (Minn.)-based hardware supplier Fastenal, the 72-year-old founder responds with typical Midwestern understatement: “Oh, wow. Gee. Well, thanks. That’s great news.”

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