Given such impressive figures, it’s evident that the U.S. happens to be the world’s largest producer of nuclear power with the most number of operational nuclear energy plants. Taking into consideration that even the smallest bottleneck in production can cost millions of dollars, companies need reliable partners that can provide them with quality materials for the effective functioning of their nuclear power facilities. This is where T&T Enterprises has made its mark in the industry as the leading manufacturer and supplier of a wide range of standard and specialty nuclear fasteners and machined parts for nuclear power plant construction and maintenance. “T&T is a world-class manufacturer of the same nuts and bolts that hold together every nuclear power plant in the U.S. This is made possible by drawing upon the century-old combined experience of our superior team of manufacturing, inspection, and quality specialists,” says Brent Thalasinos, CEO of T&T Enterprises.
Built over three generations, T&T has created a rich legacy through trust, innovation, and quality service. The company offers the best quality nuclear-safe nuts, bolts, studs, sockets, caps screws, washers, and numerous other varieties of fasteners at the most competitive price. Over the years, the company gradually expanded from its 4,500sqft operational facility, transitioning to 18,500sqft capacity by 1997, and eventually settling into a 52,000sqft building in 2013 to support more operations and improve the overall product delivery and reduce cost. In addition to serving the nuclear energy industry, the company also supports oil & gas, construction, waterworks, aerospace, wind, military, and automotive industries with their needs.
Exceeding Industry Standards with Efficacy and Quality
Utilizing cutting-edge CNC machining (CNC Lathe, Mill, and 4 Axis Machining Center) capabilities, T&T manufactures nuclear-grade fasteners in accordance with ASME Quality System Certificate Number 844, Title 10 Code Federal Regulation (CFR) 50 Appendix B, ASME NQA-1, and Title 10 Code Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 21. T&T also offers inventory stocking for customers to project annual usage quantities and drive down the cost of goods along side increasing inventory turns and the customers’ bottom line. In one instance, T&T was approached by a customer that needed them to stock inventory for high usage parts. Given its ability to track usage and manufacture the right volume to meet customer demand, the company developed a comprehensive inventory stocking program. Consequently, T&T was able to release quantities as per the customers’ needs in days instead of weeks or months. “We also provide clients with multiple volume and pricing options, enabling them to optimize their inventory and overcome the challenges around price increases across the nuclear market,” states Thalasinos.
Bridging the gap between today’s team members and the next generation using the latest technology is a key focus in our business
With its premium, 24/7 Service, T&T is equipped to handle immediate needs for fasteners with the fastest possible lead time, which might arise during a facility’s shut down operations or scheduled maintenance. On one such occasion, T&T’s team built eight nuclear-grade bolts overnight for a nuclear power plant during an outage. “Our real key offering here is the ability to move fast for our customers, meeting their needs of today and tomorrow,” emphasizes Thalasinos. “T&T remains laser-focused on maintaining the highest level of customer service even in today’s trying times as the world continues to face supply chains disruptions due to raw material scarcities, inflationary pressures, and labor shortages. You call, and we answer,” he comments.
A Melting Pot of Talent
At the heart of T&T lies an incredible team of nuclear fastener experts who are conversant with the intricacies of the nuclear power industry and possess unmatched strength in quality, production, machining, as well as critical leadership acumen. Driven by the extensive knowledge of a seasoned crew, the company has been pioneering process innovation with new technology and has always maintained a customer-driven culture to succeed in an ever-changing business environment. T&T also houses experienced laboratory technicians who handle many of the testing and inspection needs of its customers in its in-house laboratory, performing chemical analysis, machined specimen tensile, full size tensile, hardness, 24-hour hardness, macroetch, x-ray coating thickness examination, adhesion, and more. With a thorough understanding of fastener specifications and requirements, the T&T team manufactures reliable and durable fasteners in accordance with the quality program documented and implemented by the company. This enables T&T to provide an elevated level of assurance that the material will adequately function in service.
T&T is a world-class manufacturer of the same nuts and bolts that hold together every nuclear power plant in the U.S
“What sets us apart in the industry is our keen focus on team alignment. We deploy predictive software and perform data and behavioral analytics to onboard the right people and measure how suitable prospective team members are for a given role,” notes Thalasinos. He elaborates that T&T follows the well-known concept—get the right people on the bus—developed in leadership expert Jim Collins’ book “Good to Great.” In other words, those that build great organizations must ascertain that they have the right people on the bus and in the right seats before they figure out where to drive the bus.
Combining outstanding services with unmatched speed, the company’s team of experts embodies the values of quality, integrity, and accountability. These core values are the cornerstone of T&T’s corporate culture. Empowering its team members at every level, the company ensures a high standard of work. “Bridging the gap between today’s team members and the next generation using the latest technology is a key focus in our business,” notes Thalasinos. This tech-based approach has helped T&T gain a competitive advantage in a demanding market that is reeling under a lack of a talented workforce.
Meeting Tomorrow’s Needs Today
T&T has introduced the first-ever “Nuclear Fastener Inspection” Training Program to equip its employees, customers, and industry professionals with the tools and knowledge to hone their expertise in the visual and dimensional inspection of fasteners. The training program is instructor-led by an ASME NQA-1 Qualified Level III Inspector with expertise in manufacturing, inspection, testing, quality assurance, operations, and leadership. “We’ve been encouraging leaders to step up and invest in their team’s future. Our mission is to help people win, and this is our genuine effort to do just that. We want to pass on our knowledge to the next generation of inspectors and people associated with nuclear fasteners,” remarks Thalasinos.
Awarded t he “Manufacturer o f the Year” in 2019 by the National Tooling and Manufacturing Association, T&T has created a unique niche for itself in the market. Driven by a relentless passion for serving the nuclear industry and a strong commitment to improving the knowledge and understanding around nuclear fasteners, T&T will be further developing new training courses, in addition to the recent nuclear fastener inspection training program. The company aims to continue innovating from the bottom up. Apart from focusing on the customers’ feedback and its employees’ insights, T&T is constantly researching and developing new ideas for product innovation as well. “We continually communicate with our customers to understand their challenges and what they’re up against and accordingly develop future programs,” explains Thalasinos. T&T aims to continue to be a positive contribution to society and its team members’ lives.