The Stanley Works®, originally a bolt and door hardware manufacturing company located in New Britain, Connecticut; was founded in 1843 by Frederick T. Stanley. A few years later, in 1857, Frederick’s cousin, Henry Stanley, founded the Stanley Rule and Level Company.


In 1920, the Rule and Level Company merged with the Stanley Works® and would go on to become its famous Hand Tools Division.


Over the years, The Stanley Works® has produced some of the most innovative and useful tools ever made. Among these tools are the Bailey® Plane, the Surform® shaper, the PowerLock® tape rule and most recently the FatMax™ line of products. Today, more than ever, Stanley® continues to be an industry leader in tool innovation.


In 2001, Stanley® introduced more than 100 new products, bringing to 400 the number of new products introduced in the past four years.


As a direct result of Stanley®’s commitment to excellence, Stanley® was awarded the Prestigious Golden Hammer Award, presented for New Product Innovation in both 2000 and 2001.

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