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Fastenal Company Announces Cash Dividend

WINONA, Minn., Jan. 17, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Fastenal Company of Winona, MN (Nasdaq:FAST) reported its Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.50 per share to be paid in cash on February 25, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 15, 2011. The Company expects that it will continue to pay a cash dividend in the foreseeable future, provided that any future determination as to payment of dividends will depend upon the financial condition and results of operations of the Company and such other factors as are deemed relevant by the Board of Directors.

Dividend and stock repurchase activity in the last ten years are as follows:

         Dividends per share     
Year   Dividends paid Total dividends paid (000's)   Regular  dividend  Total  dividend paid  Total value of repurchased shares (000's)  Per share price of   repurchased shares 
2010 (1) Three  $ 182,814  $ 0.82  $ 1.24  $ --  $ -- 
2009   Two  $ 106,943  $ 0.72  $ 0.72  $ 41,104  $ 37.37
2008 (2) Three  $ 117,474  $ 0.52  $ 0.79  $ 25,958  $ 43.99
2007   Two  $ 66,216  $ 0.44  $ 0.44  $ 87,312  $ 41.86
2006   Two  $ 60,548  $ 0.40  $ 0.40  $ 17,294  $ 36.49
2005   Two  $ 46,935  $ 0.31  $ 0.31  $ 18,739  $ 26.75
2004   Two  $ 30,350  $ 0.20  $ 0.20  $ --  $ -- 
2003   Two  $ 15,935  $ 0.105  $ 0.105  $ --  $ -- 
2002   One  $ 3,794  $ 0.025  $ 0.025  $ --  $ -- 
2001   One  $ 3,415  $ 0.0225  $ 0.0225  $ --  $ -- 
               
(1)  The 2010 Dividend includes two regular payments totaling $0.82 per share and a supplemental dividend paid in December of $0.42 per share.
(2)  The 2008 Dividend includes two regular payments totaling $0.52 per share and a supplemental dividend paid in December of $0.27 per share.
All information reflects the 2-for-1 stock splits effected in the form of a stock dividend in each of 2002 and 2005.

Fastenal sells different types of industrial and construction supplies in the following product categories: threaded fasteners and miscellaneous supplies; tools; metal cutting tool blades and abrasives; fluid transfer components and accessories for hydraulic and pneumatic power; material handling; storage and packaging products; janitorial, chemical and paint products; electrical supplies; welding supplies; safety supplies; and metals, alloys and materials.

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