In my beginnings of peddling race spares, we sold, literally, tons of Bownam hardware. The hardware was strong. The joke & truth was that if a formula car had a heavy shunt, the bolts would still be usable. As some of the log suspension bolts were between $25-$30 each, I have little doubt that they were reused!
Mike, If you went to a local College, the rep was probably a guy named Don.