A FORMIDABLE LEGACY
In 1843, Frederick Stanley started a small shop in New Britain, Connecticut, to manufacture bolts, hinges and other hardware. In 1910, Duncan Black and Alonzo Decker started their shop in Baltimore, Maryland, dedicated to manufacturing the world’s first portable power tool.
Today, Stanley Black & Decker is a leading diversified industrial, driven by a commitment to serve the builders, makers and protectors of the world.
Our 175 years of innovating, creating, and transforming are outlined below. See our formidable legacy.
A formidable legacy. A powerful future.
Frederick Trent Stanley founds The Stanley Works, a small factory making bolts and hinges.
Frederick Stanley’s cousion, 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.
PORTER-CABLE® founded by R.E. Porter, G. G. Porter and F. E. Cable to manufacture power lathes for woodworkers.
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.
LENOX® American Saw was founded by John Swanson, Carl Ericson, and Carl Davis to manufacture Hacksaw Blades in Springfield, MA.
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.
Proto® introduces the first line of combination wrenches to the market.
STANLEY® introduces the STANLEY® Magic Eye, the world’s first swinging automatic door operator.
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.
Vidmar® cabinets become part of the first photocopiers made by Xerox Corporation.
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.
Lista® establishes U.S. operations to manufacture high-quality custom storage systems.
STANLEY® begins its longstanding partnership with Habitat for Humanity, which has grown into one of the world’s largest nonprofit homebuilding organizations.
STANLEY® introduced their first automatic sliding entrance door.
Black & Decker introduces the DustBuster®, the world’s first handheld vacuum.
STANLEY® designs and fabricates Platform Screen Doors for Orlando International Airport.
CribMaster is established as a software company under the name WinWare.
InnerSpace® begins providing supply/procedure carts cabinets and casework, small carts open storage, heavy-duty storage, and inventory management systems to medical facilities around the world.
CribMaster introduces its first inventory management software platform into the market.
CribMaster introduces its first industrial vending solution into the market.
Inspired by the design of the computer mouse, the easy-to-use and ergonomic Black & Decker Mouse® Sander is launched.
CribMaster introduces its first RFID point-of-use solution into the market.
HSM is added to the STANLEY® Security business to provide advanced monitoring capabilities.
Building on 100 years of quality tool craftsmanship, PORTER-CABLE® launches a new line of professional grade power tools for the tradesman.
The Stanley Works and Black & Decker merged to become the world’s largest tools and storage company, the world’s second largest commercial electronic security business and the world’s second largest engineered fastening company.
CribMaster inventory and asset management solutions added to Stanley Black & Decker’s growing advanced technology portfolio for industrial environments.
STANLEY® continued to grow its security businesses by expanding into Europe with its acquisition of Niscayah.
AeroScout® end-to-end location and telemetry solutions added to Stanley Black & Decker to further expand its growing suite of advanced tool and asset tracking systems.
Powers® Fasteners, a worldwide pioneer in the fastening industry and leading supplier of masonry anchors and fastening systems in North America, was acquired by Stanley Black & Decker.
Stanley Black & Decker acquired a 75% interest in Hefei INTACA Science-Technology Development Co., Ltd. (Intaca) a leading provider of hydraulic products and technology for the infrastructure market in China and other emerging markets.
DEWALT launches FLEXVOLT, a highly innovative voltage-changing battery and a lineup of groundbreaking 60V MAX* and 120V MAX* tools.
Stanley Black & Decker acquires the Newell Tools division, adding IRWIN, LENOX, and hilmor to our brand portfolio.
Stanley Black & Decker purchases the Craftsman brand, an icon in the United States.