Many popular tool brands are not standalone companies and are actually part of larger corporate families. We put together a quick guide that identifies which companies popular tool brands are affiliated with.
Please note that these are not full lists of brands each parent company owns. This list only highlights construction, DIYer, and industrial tool and tool-related brands.
This guide discusses the following parent companies: Bosch, Stanley Black & Decker, Fortive, Apex Tool Group, Tectronic Industries (TTI), Emerson, Werner Co., Illinois Tool Works (ITW), JPW (Wilton), Snap-on, Ideal, Newell Rubbermaid, Textron, and Delta PEC.
This information was accurate at the time of this posting, February 5th, 2014, and has been updated several times since then. Although rare, brand ownership changes from time to time. Please let us know if you discover an inaccuracy in this listing.
Robert Bosch GmbH
Headquarters: Stuttgart, Germany
Power Tools and Accessories
- Freud (and Diablo)*
SkilSold to Chervon
- Vermont American
*Bosch purchased Freud’s power tool accessories segment in December 2008, namely their saw blades, router bits, and cutters division.
Automotive Tools and Equipment
- Sia Abrasives
GilmourSold to Fiskars NelsonSold to Fiskars
More Info (PDF via Bosch North America 2013 Publication)
Stanley Black & Decker
Headquarters: New Britain, CT, USA
Construction and DIY (CDIY)
- Black & Decker
- Porter Cable
- Irwin (Acquired in 2017)
- Lenox (Acquired in 2017)
- Craftsman (Acquired in 2017)
- Hilmor (Acquired in 2017)
- Blackhawk (Proto)
- Mac Tools
Irwin Tool Brands (Sold to Stanley Black & Decker in 2017)
- Record (vises)
More Info (via Stanley Black & Decker)
Fortive (Formerly Danaher)
Headquarters: Washington, D.C., USA
Test & Measurement
- Pomona Electronics
Fortive was spun off from Danaher in mid-2016.
More Info (via Fortive)
Apex Tool Group
Headquarters: Sparks, MD, USA
(Apex Tool Group was a joint venture between Danaher and Cooper industries, and is presently owned by Bain Capital.)
Hand, Electrical, Industrial Tool Brands
(Apex Tool Group’s most popular and well-known brands are in bold.)
ArmstrongRead More about the closure
- Delta (Truck Boxes)
- H.K. Porter
- Jacobs Chuck
- KD Tools
- Master Power
- Niagara Tools
- Spline Gauges
More Info (via Apex Tool Group)
Techtronic Industries (TTI)
Headquarters: Hong Kong, China
Power and Hand Tool Brands
- Empire Level (owned by Milwaukee Tool, as of mid-2014)
- Milwaukee Tool
- Stiletto (owned by Milwaukee Tool, as of 2007)
Milwaukee Tool is headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
TTI also develops and produces Ridgid power tools, under a licensing agreement with Emerson. This arrangement began back in 2003 (press release, PDF).
TTI owns the Ryobi power tools and accessories division in the USA, North America, the UK, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, but Ryobi is also an independent company with separate product lines in some other parts of the world.
Home Appliance Brands
- Dirt Devil
More Info (via TTI)
Headquarters: St. Louis, MO, USA
Emerson also manufactures wet/dry vacuums under Craftsman, Dirt Hound, and goClean brands.
More Info (via Emerson)
Headquarters: Greenville, PA, USA
- Green Bull
- Weather Guard
More Info (via Werner Co)
Illinois Tool Works (ITW)
Headquarters: Glenview, IL, USA
- Red Head
More Info (via ITW)
JPW Industries/WHM Tool Group/Walter Meier Manufacturing
Headquarters: New York City, NY, USA (Tenex)
JPW Industries is currently owned by Tenex Capital Management, a private equity firm.
More Info (via JPW)
Headquarters: Kenosha, WI, USA
- Blue Point
- CDI Torque
(These companies fall into four groupings – Snap-on, Snap-on Industrial, SNA Europe, and Snap-on Specialty Tools, with some overlap.)
Headquarters: Sycamore, IL, USA
- Anderson Power
- Casella Measurement
- SK Hand Tools
- Trend Communications
- Western Forge
More Info (via Ideal)
Headquarters: Atlanta, GA, USA
Hilmor Lenox(Sold to Stanley Black & Decker)
- Rubbermaid Commercial Products
Sharpie Irwin Tool Brands (Sold to Stanley Black & Decker)
Headquarters: Providence, RI, USA
As of 2004, Rothenberger engaged in a joint venture agreement with GREENLEE Textron, USA, for handling the North American market.
More Info (via Textron)
Delta Power Equipment Corporation (Chang Type Industrial)
Headquarters: Anderson County, SC, USA (Delta PEC); Taichung City, Taiwan (Chang Type)
More Info (via ToolGuyd)
- Hitachi Koki Power Tools
Which other companies should be added to this guide to corporate tool brands?