Many popular tool brands have made big names for themselves, but are actually part of larger corporate families. Complicating things further, brands can change hands during acquisitions, mergers, and spin-offs.
To help you sort things out, we put together the following guide, identifying the most popular tool brands and the companies that own or are affiliated with them.
Please note that these are not full lists of brands each parent company owns. This list highlights construction, industrial, DIY, and other tool-related brands, with the focus mainly on hand and power tool brands.
This guide discusses the following parent companies: Stanley Black & Decker, Tectronic Industries (TTI), Bosch, Fortive, Apex Tool Group, TTS Tooltechnic Sytsems, KKR, Chervon, Emerson, Werner, Illinois Tool Works (ITW), JPW, Snap-on, Ideal, Newell Rubbermaid, Delta PEC, Kyocera, and Positec.
This information was updated and republished on June 25th, 2020. Although infrequent, brand ownership can change. Please let us know if you discover an inaccuracy in this listing.
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Stanley Black & Decker (including Dewalt, Craftsman, Irwin)
TTI/Tectronic Industries (including Milwaukee, Ryobi, Empire Level, Ridgid Power Tools)
Bosch (including Bosch, Freud, Dremel)
Fortive (including Fluke, Matco)
Apex Tool Group (including Crescent, Gearwrench, Wiss)
Festool Group (TTS Tooltechnic Systems, including Festool, SawStop)
KKR (including Metabo, Metabo HPT)
Chervon (including EGO, Skilsaw)
ITW (including Paslode, Tapcon)
JPW Industries (including Jet, Wilton, Powermatic)
Delta Power Equipment
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, sold to DiversiTech in August 2018)
- Blackhawk (Proto)
- Mac Tools
More Info (via Stanley Black & Decker)
Irwin Tool Brands (Sold to Stanley Black & Decker in 2017)
- Record (vises)
More Info (via Irwin)
Techtronic Industries (TTI)
Headquarters: Hong Kong, China
Power and Hand Tool Brands
- Empire Level (owned by Milwaukee Tool, as of mid-2014)
- Imperial Blades (acquired by Milwaukee Tool in 2018)
- Milwaukee Tool
- Stiletto (owned by Milwaukee Tool, as of 2007)
Milwaukee Tool is headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
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.
TTI also develops and produces Ridgid power tools, under a licensing agreement with Emerson. This arrangement began back in 2003 (press release, PDF).
Home Appliance Brands
- Dirt Devil
More Info (via TTI)
Robert Bosch GmbH
Headquarters: Stuttgart, Germany
Power Tools and Accessories
- Freud (and Diablo)*
Skil(Sold 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
Gilmour(Sold to Fiskars) Nelson(Sold to Fiskars)
More Info (PDF via Bosch North America 2013 Publication)
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.)
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- Delta (Truck Boxes)
- H.K. Porter
- Jacobs Chuck
- KD Tools
- Master Power
- Niagara Tools
- Spline Gauges
More Info (via Apex Tool Group)
TTS Tooltechnic Systems
Headquarters: Wendlingen, Germany
- Tanos (Systainers)
- Shaper Tools
- Schneider Airsystems
Headquarters: New York, NY, USA
- Metabo HPT/HiKoki – formerly known as Hitachi Power Tools
- EGO (outdoor power tools and equipment)
- Skilsaw (acquired from Bosch in 2017)
- Skil (acquired from Bosch in 2017)
Chervon is also an OEM that produces cordless power tools for other brands, including private label brands such as Lowes’ Kobalt 24V Max brushless power tools line.
More Info (via Chervon)
Headquarters: St. Louis, MO, USA
- Greenlee – as of 2018
- Klauke – as of 2018
Emerson also manufactures wet/dry vacuums under Dirt Hound, and goClean brands.
Emerson acquired Greenlee from Textron in 2018, along with Klauke and Paladin (acquired by Greenlee in 2007).
Greenlee and Rothenberger engaged in a joint venture agreement for handling the North American market, lasting from 2004 thru 2015.
Ridgid power tools sold exclusively by Home Depot are developed, produced, and marketed by TTI. Ridgid hand tools and other plumbing and professional industry tools are not included in the arrangement.
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
JPW Industries is currently owned by Gamut Capital Management, a private equity firm (as of July 2017)
- JET Tools
Other JPW Brands
- Edwards Manufacturing
- Tool Air
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(Closing as of Feb 2020)
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)
More Info: Newell Rubbermaid
Delta Power Equipment Corporation (Chang Type Industrial)
Headquarters: Anderson County, SC, USA (Delta PEC); Taichung City, Taiwan (Chang Type)
More Info (via ToolGuyd)
Headquarters: Japan (Kyocera Parent Corporation)
Kyocera acquired Senco, known for their air compressors and nailers.
Kyocera also acquired Ryobi, but not the Ryobi brand that North America users are familiar with – that brand’s tools and accessories North America business is still owned by TTI.
- Aerfast Europe BV (formerly Van Aerden Group BV, a European pneumatic tools brand)
- Ryobi (not the Ryobi most USA readers are familiar with)
Positec has also been known to manufacture tools for other brands.
More Info (via Positec)
Which other companies should be added to this guide to corporate tool brands?
Makita is one of few remaining power tool brands not owned by a larger corporation. Fein and Hilti are also independent.
There are very many hand tool and tool storage brands that remain independent. They’re not listed here, although you can inquire about your favorite brands if you’re unsure.