Do you remember when Craftsman hand tools were made in the USA?
12 years ago, all Craftsman wrenches and sockets – and a heck of a lot more tools – were made in the USA. It wasn’t soon after that when Sears started experimenting with imported Craftsman hand tools. No big deal, I thought, the new SKUs weren’t going to affect the regular USA-made Craftsman hand tools.
A few years later, Sears discontinued their line of Craftsman Professional hand tools.
After that, more and more “core” Craftsman hand tools were no longer produced in the USA.
When Sears sold the Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker, most of their USA-made tools were replaced with imported versions.
After Stanley Black & Decker purchase the Craftsman brand, they pledged to bring Craftsman tool production back to the USA. That was three years ago.
In mid-2019, about 10 months ago, it was quietly revealed that Stanley Black & Decker was building a new factory in Texas, and planned to manufacture “Craftsman mechanics hand tools, including sockets, ratchets, wrenches, and tool sets” at this facility.
Today, Craftsman sent out an email blast to customers, with a banner teasing that something new was “chroming soon.”
The banner shows off a couple of chrome sockets, with the messaging:
Select [Craftsman] mechanics tools and tool sets will soon be made with global materials in Fort Worth, Texas.
Stanley Black & Decker and Craftsman have yet to share any information about the new USA-made tools or the Fort Worth, Texas facility through PR channels, and so we’ll continue watching consumer and investor information channels for any new details. If you come across any news or developments, please let us know!
We knew that the emergence/reemergence of USA-made Craftsman hand tools would take time, and it seems that the wait is nearly up.
Sounds like good news to me.