- When searching by product or service, use as broad of a
search term as possible. For example, if you are searching
for a specific type of fastener, just type "fasteners". The
next step will allow you to refine your search to a more
- When searching by company name, enter only part of a
company name leaving off any prefixes or suffixes. For
example, if you were searching for "Manufacturers' News,
Inc." just enter "Manufacturers' News" because there are
usually variations in the prefix or suffix of a company
- You can speed up your search by selecting a specific
state or province, since the system will only be searching a
small section of the database as opposed to searching the
entire database at once.
- Do not use Boolean characters in your search criteria.
For example, enter "screw machine products", NOT
- Do not use general terms in your search criteria such as
"and", "the", "&", "or", etc.
- Do not enter generalized terms such as "manufacturers"
into the search box. If you are searching for "screw
manufacturers" then just search for "screws".
- If the system continually returns no matches for your
search, please try using the Browse
feature to explore and browse more than 10,000 product
categories in which companies are listed.
- When searching for a product or service, the broader
geographic area you select, the more companies and potential
choices you will be presented with in the search results.
For this type of search, we recommend searching all states
and provinces rather than specific states or provinces.
Note: RFQs are sent to all companies in selected categories
for all states and provinces.
- If you are looking to locate a specific company by the
company name or brand name search, it is recommended that
you select a very specific geographic area (if known). This
will help speed up your search and pinpoint the company or
product you are looking for. For example, if you know the
company you are looking for is located in Illinois, then
make sure to select that state from the drop-down.
- Simply press your "Enter" key instead of pressing the
"Search" button to save time.