James Randall

  • James Randall

Mr. James H. Randall is the co-founder of The James & Eleanor Randall Foundation with his wife, Eleanor. They have 6 children and 4 grandchildren.

Mr. Randall was born in New York in 1944 and raised in Miami.

Professional Life

1962 Mr. Randall started at Glovers Mills, in Burbank, CA, as a distributor of work gloves and industrial supplies. He was introduced to rivets by taking $20,000 of aerospace rivets as payment from a customer that was about to go bankrupt. Glovers Mills became a distributor for Cherry Rivet and Olympic Fastening Systems. In 1968, Mr. Randall purchased Allfast Fastening Systems, Inc. which consisted of 3 rivet machines making solid rivets.

In 1971, he started manufacturing blind rivets.

In 1974, Mr. Randall purchased the aerospace solid rivet manufacturing division from Olympic Fastening Systems.

In 1984, Mr. Randall purchased Thompson Safety, a major distributor of safety equipment, and merged them with Glovers Mills to form Safety West, one of the largest safety product distributors in the Southwest with locations in the City of Industry, CA, Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico. In 2002, Safety West was sold to Airgas Inc.

In 1987, Mr. Randall acquired the assets of the blind rivet division of Voi-Shan Fastening Systems.

In 1989, Mr. Randall acquired the remaining divisions of Olympic Fastening Systems, which included blind rivets and installation tooling.

In 1999, Mr. Randall purchased Briles Rivet, a manufacturer of the proprietary Fast Rivet located in Oceanside, CA.

In 2002, Mr. Randall acquired Aerospace Rivet Manufacturer, a division of Trans Technology Corporation, and consolidated all the companies he had acquired into Allfast, with a total of 170,000 square feet for manufacturing. With 12 active patents and 29 trademarks, it was the leading provider of solid blind rivets, blind bolts, and installation tooling for the aerospace industry.

Mr. Randall is also a major developer of industrial commercial buildings in City of Industry. His real estate development projects also can be found in Idaho, Montana, and Mexico.

Mr. Randall has been a member of several organizations including: City of Industry Manufacturers Council, Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct, Industrial Fastener Institute, Aerospace Industries Association, Metallic Material Properties Development and Standardization, National Aerospace Standards Committee, and a former member of the Boeing North America Supplier Council as well as several other boards around Southern California mostly focusing on education, health and the arts.

Under his guidance, Allfast Fastening Systems, Inc. has received the following accolades:

Mr. Randall's philanthropic work through the James & Eleanor Randall Foundation has included gifts to:
  • Eleanor Randall

Eleanor Randall

With a background in graphic design, Eleanor provided a great deal of valuable input regarding Allfast’s advertising and marketing materials, designing air show booths and shooting and editing display videos over the years. At one point, however, she was on the other side of the camera modeling and appearing in more than 150 television commercials.

More recently, as the children got older, she started painting as an additional outlet for her energy and creative talents. Today an accomplished artist, Eleanor’s large scale oil works include a series of aircraft paintings requested by Allfast’s larger customers such as Boeing, Embraer, and Airbus to be on display at Allfast, a large mural sized painting created for the University of Southern California School of Social Work, four large celestial pieces located in the Jim & Eleanor Randall Planetarium at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA and two large paintings commissioned by the Pasadena Rose Bowl to commemorate their 100 year anniversary.

The Randalls have made significant contributions to these latter organizations, creating the Randall Information Center at USC School of Social Work (a student resource center made possible by support from the Randall’s), the Jim & Eleanor Randall Planetarium at Mt. San Antonio College, the Jim and Eleanor Randall Dining Commons at Chapman University, the Randall Internship Program at Pepperdine University/Seaver College. They have also donated to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts for the Jim and Eleanor Randall Grand Hall, Glendale Adventist Hospital, the Rose Bowl/Terry Donahue Pavilion, and Huntington Memorial Hospital creating the Jim and Eleanor Randall Breast Center to support research and treatment of breast cancer.

Both Jim and Eleanor have served on the board of directors at Mt. San Antonio College Foundation, as well as on the board of trustees at Flintridge Preparatory School, where the Randall Performing Arts Center is named in honor of their contribution toward expansion of the school’s performing arts program. At San Gabriel’s Clairbourn School, the couple’s generosity led to creation of Randall Hall, which houses a play area and classrooms for younger students.

“These naming opportunities help us set an example for our children,” says Jim, adding that he and Eleanor have also created a trust that specifically requires their children to continue giving to the community. “We feel it’s very important to give back.”