Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., formerly known as The Stanley Works, is a Fortune 500 American manufacturer of industrial tools and household hardware and provider of security products.
Stanley Black & Decker 175th Anniversary
History of the Stanley Tool Company
Frederick Trenck Stanley founds The Stanley Works, a small factory making bolts and hinges.
Frederick Stanley’s cousin, Henry Stanley, founds the Stanley Rule & Level Company to manufacture measuring and layout tools.
James Sargent and Halbert Greenleaf become partners and establish a manufacturing facility to make high-security locks for safes, vaults, and SCIFs.
Charles Irwin patented the auger bit and formed the IRWIN Auger bit company.
Thomas Briggs founds The Boston Stitch Wire Company (BOSTITCH®) to manufacture industrial staplers.
Proto Tools is founded, making chisels and punches from the axles of Model T automobiles.
S. Duncan Black & Alonzo G. Decker found Black & Decker in a small shop dedicated to manufacturing the world’s first portable power tool.
Black & Decker acquires patent for the pistol grip and trigger switch on its drill.
Louis Moses founds the Société Franco-Américaine de Construction d’Outillage Mécanique (Franco-American Mechanics’ Tool Production Company). It would subsequently be known by its initials: FACOM.
The Stanley Works & The Stanley Rule & Level Company merge to become a powerhouse in both hand tools and hardware.
Raymond E. DeWalt invents the radial arm saw and founds his namesake company DEWALT INDUSTRIAL TOOLS.
The Craftsman trademark was registered by Sears.
CRC-Evans founded as a leading oil and gas pipeline contractor.
The Mechanics Tools and Forge Company is founded to manufacture the finest tools in the world, and would become Mac Tools®.
Black & Decker enters the outdoor market with the first electric lawn edgers and hedge trimmers designed for consumers.
Weidemar cabinets begin manufacturing in the United States under the name Vidmar®.
Black & Decker introduces the world’s first cordless electric drill powered by nickel-cadmium cells.
Black & Decker introduces the world’s first cordless outdoor product, a cordless hedge trimmer.
STANLEY® introduces the iconic PowerLock Tape Measure.
Sonitrol® is founded, with an integrated audio sensor designed by a police officer.
The Stanley Works is officially listed on the New York Stock Exchange as SWK.
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