Head Quarters – New Britain, CT
Established – 1843
Parent Company – Stanley, Black & Decker, Inc
Tool Known for – Tape Measures, Levels, Screwdrivers, Utility Knives, Demolition Bars
Black and Decker is a publicly traded stock (BDK) and the worlds largest tool company. Black and Decker makes much more than just tools, but since this site is dedicated to tools, I will only focus on the Black and Decker tools. When it comes to tools, Black and Decker is an amazing company.
It all started in the early 1900’s when Duncan Black and Alonzo Decker opened a small machine shop in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1917 the company received a patent for the pistol grip trigger and switch on its drill. Ever since that first patent, the company has grown to the tremendous size it is today. Now, Black and Decker markets their products in more than 100 different countries and has manufacturing operations in eleven countries.
A lot has happened over the years, but in 1992 Black and Decker bought the Dewalt line of tools. These tools were designed for professional use on jobsites. Dewalt has a great reputation and has well established itself in the heavy duty tool market. In 2004 Black and Decker made another important purchase by acquiring Pentair’s tool group which includes Porter Cable, Delta and a couple of other brand names.
Today Black and Decker is truly a power house with their tool inventions, tool divisions, and purchases of other companies. As a company they have always tried to keep tool brand names separate. This has helped Black and Decker stand out, for instance, when you ask most people who owns Dewalt? They will answer Dewalt. Black and Decker markets the Black and Decker name for occasional home users or DIY’s. Their tools can be found at home improvement stores, retail and Online retailers such as Amazon. If you are an occasional home user who will not put to much strain on your tools, take a look at Black and Decker. They will give you a big bang for your buck!