Century Fasteners Corp. is saddened by the recent passing of our former Columbia (SC) Branch Manager and friend, John “Ken” Kenneth Hinson.
Ken started at Century in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1978. His ambition and work ethic was quickly noticed. As Century started expanding rapidly in the 1980’s, Ken was appointed in 1985 to start a new branch location in Columbia, South Carolina. Over the years, with Ken at the helm, the Columbia branch became known for its top customer service. Even as some customers moved to different geographical locations, Ken was active in helping other Century branches by giving valuable guidance in order to keep the customers in the Century family. In addition, Ken was always first in welcom
ing a new person into the company and offering his assistance.
Even though later in life Ken became a double leg amputee, he continued to fulfill his duties as Branch Manager until the day he retired and still led a very active life. He was a textbook example of true grit. He loved fishing and attending South Carolina football games.
After forty years with Century, Ken retired in March of 2019. He stayed in touch with many former and present employees. We will forever miss his laughter and kind spirit.