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.
Since Frederick T Stanley started making tools back in 1843, we've been in the business of making them the best they can be. It's what we do, it's how we work and it's probably why we're the world's largest tool company.
For us, it all starts with you. Before we even begin designing a tool, we ask the people who use them everyday what they need from it. What do you use it for? How do you use it? What do you use it on? Lots of questions, but it gives us lots of information to work on.
Even with all this insight, new products don't just happen. Our team of Industrial Designers, Process Engineers and Material Scientists are working constantly on new developments and testing. In fact, some developments are so revolutionary they even have to come up with ingenious new ways to test them. All testing is designed to mimic day-to-day use, and then some. We twist them, bend them, squash them, drop weights on them, grind them down, pull them apart and look at them under the microscope. We do this in blistering heat, freezing cold and soaking wet conditions. In short, to make them stronger, we first have to destroy them.
It's not surprising that we are excited about our new products, and we want you to be too. We conduct thousands of interviews with on-site professional users and our research teams span the globe. The results of all the research, testing and development our new products are finally here. From FuBars, AntiVibe hammers to JetCut saws that stay sharp and staplers that don't misfire and levels that are twice as strong as before, have a look around the site and discover new and innovative ways we can help you get the job done.