Readers have been asking for updates on Stanley Black & Decker’s new Craftsman tools factory, which as far as I am aware is still expected to open in 2021.
In case you get the wrong idea, the image above was grabbed from Craftsman’s social media feed; no new tools have come out of the the plant yet.
Craftsman has responded to users on social media, saying:
The Fort Worth plant will manufacture a wide range of “Made in the USA” CRAFTSMAN mechanics tools, including sockets, ratchets, wrenches, and general sets, using globally sourced components.
Back in December 2020, well into the COVID pandemic, Craftsman announced that their USA-made tools would be coming in 2021. 2021 is now halfway over, and we haven’t see any updates yet.
Stanley Black & Decker is currently hiring in the Forth Worth, Texas region, where their new Craftsman tool factory is located, and that’s definitely a good indication that things at the facility have been progressing.
So far, I’ve come across listings for an Engineering Manager, Machine Operators, Heat Treat Operator, and other similar positions. Stanley Black & Decker also participated at a recent virtual job fair for the area.
I wish I had more news than this, but Stanley Black & Decker have been extremely tight-lipped outside of rare investor relation or social media announcements.
If I had to guess, I would predict that we’ll see a very limited rollout of new USA-made Craftsman tools next fall, just in time for the winter holiday shopping season.
In other news, whenever I visit my local Lowe’s store, I always check to see if there are any noteworthy Craftsman tool developments. During my last visit (June 2021), I came across this Craftsman combination set that’s made in India. It seems that this is the set featured in the Craftsman promotional image, above.
Please let me know if you’ve heard of any other updates regarding Craftsman’s new Texas, USA facility!