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Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the

Shareholder Meeting to Be Held on April 17, 2012.




        Meeting Information


Meeting Type:           Annual Meeting

          For holders as of:    February 22, 2012
          Date:  April 17, 2012        Time: 10:00 AM CDT
          Location:   Fastenal Company

         2001 Theurer Boulevard

         Winona, Minnesota 55987-0978

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WINONA, MN 55987



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               Voting  Items                  


The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR the following proposals 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5:



1.      Election of Directors






  01)    Robert A. Kierlin                       06)    Reyne K. Wisecup

  02)    Stephen M. Slaggie                  07)    Hugh L. Miller

  03)    Michael M. Gostomski              08)    Michael J. Ancius

  04)    Willard D. Oberton                    09)    Scott A. Satterlee

  05)    Michael J. Dolan


2.      Ratification of the appointment of KPMG LLP as independent registered public accounting firm for the 2012 fiscal year.



3.      Approval, by non-binding vote, of Fastenal Company’s executive compensation.



4.      Approval of an amended and restated Fastenal Company Incentive Plan.



5.      Approval of an amendment to the restated articles of incorporation of Fastenal Company to require a majority vote for the election of directors.