As a young man in 1843, Frederick T. Stanley founded The Stanley Works - a
small company that manufactured hinges, bolts and other door hardware in a
one-story wooden building in New Britain, Connecticut. His vision was to create
a hardware company with unsurpassed customer service, product innovation and
integrity - and to offer products that would become the first choice among
professionals around the world. With the early success of this mission and an
increasing demand for his high-quality goods, Mr. Stanley began exporting his
products in the 1870s.
Shortly after the turn of the century, his rapidly growing business
established its first production facilities outside the U.S., helping Frederick
Stanley begin to realize his worldwide mission. Soon after, The Stanley Works
expanded its international operations by acquiring Stanley Rule and Level, the
largest U.S. manufacturers of hand tools, founded in 1857 by a relative of Mr.
Stanley. By 1920, Stanley® brand tools and hardware were preferred, and could
be found, on every continent.
Today, over 150 years after Frederick T. Stanley first opened his doors for
business, Stanley® is one of the world’s most recognized and trusted brand
names for tools, hardware, doors and home decor products. Staying true to Mr.
Stanley’s principles, The Stanley Works continues with expansion and
diversification, offering over 50,000 different products for professionals,
industry and consumers.
Stanley’s 1998 sales exceeded $2.72 billion and its global presence is
firmly established with 114 manufacturing and distribution facilities covering
every major region of the world. Stanley products are sold globally through
distributors and retailers, including thousands of retailers in the U.S. alone.
The Stanley Works is a global manufacturer and marketer of tools, hardware,
doors and home decor products for professional, industrial, consumer and home
improvement use. With a solid 156 year history, Stanley® is one of the
world’s most trusted names, synonymous with quality and value - and is
consistently the first choice among professionals.
Our commitment to professionals goes well beyond providing a comprehensive
line of world-class, professional-grade, industry-specific products Stanley
encourages and enables every professional to maximize performance to do his or
her best on every job through continuous product innovation and strong product